SGS North America
Cargo Surveyor - Newport News, VA
At a glance
Location: US-VA-Newport News Map
Posted: 10/12/2019
Closing: 11/11/2019
Degree: Not Specified
Type: Full-Time
Experience: Not Specified
SGS North America
Job description

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.”


This position is responsible for inspecting, surveying and sampling a variety of mineral commodities including Cooper, Lead, Zinc, Iron Ore, Precious Metals and Steel Cargoes for trading purpose. The inspector will support the Minerals Business by performing inspections at existing job sites and writing technical reports detailing inspection findings per nomination, in a timely manner. The purpose of this role is to serve our clients in the best possible manner by performing and delivering a variety of inspections and sampling services and informing the administration team with accurate updates and quality reports to provide to our clients.

The position is responsible for surveying cargo by performing the following duties.

  • Make independent judgments based on the data collected, use data to determine if product meets client expectations and requirements;
  • For each site, attend and observe the loading and unloading of cargo process from ships and other forms of transit; responsible for identifying damage to the cargos as they are loaded and/or unloaded.

  • Execute sampling & sample preparation and deliver sample to laboratory for analysis. Check and verify testing data/ field documents for accuracy. Record accurate information and details.

  • Utilizes data from obtained field documents to prepare an inspection report, submitted to the office detailing results of inspection

  • Communicate and gives direction to the administration staff regarding details of the inspection requirements.

  • Liaison with terminal & warehouse personal for execution of inspections.

  • Responsible for performing Loading, Discharge, Stock Verification, Sampling and Damage Inspections, verify that the samples are labeled with identifying product, location of sample, date, and time of collection.

  • Oversee performance of vessel draft surveys, barge surveys and product inspections of products, including coal, fertilizers, cement, and steel.

  • May use sophisticated draft surveying techniques (draft immersion) to calculate quantities of cargo loaded or discharged from vessels, taking into account any changes in weight that may take place during cargo operation; 

  • Oversee cargo sampling and analysis and inspect cargo holds; 

  • Use SGS standard methods and reporting procedures to product draft survey reports (including certificates of weight and certificates of hold cleanliness and tightness); 

  • Assure reports to clients in stand format and in accordance with corporate quality programs, policies, and procedures.

  • Travel occasionally.
  • Perform other assignment as directed
  • Adheres to internal standards, policies and procedures.
  • May have direct reports, pending on Branch size and business needs                
Job requirements



  • Must have a minimum of 2-3 years of experience inspecting cargo.


  • Minimum 4-6 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience 


• To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
• This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts the company’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
• SGS is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.

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Cargo Surveyor - Newport News, VA