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About us

Pathfinder Personnel is part of the Independent Port Handling (IPH) Group, which carries our operations throughout the UK. At Pathfinder, we are your dedicated partners in navigating the intricate landscape of talent acquisition and career advancement. As specialist in maritime recruitment, we are dedicated to connecting skilled professionals with rewarding opportunities, while assisting our sister companies in finding the right talent to steer their operations towards excellence. We envision a maritime industry where expertise meets opportunity, fostering innovation, safety, and growth on both individual and organizational levels.

Who we are

At Pathfinder, we are not just recruiters; we are maritime enthusiasts with a deep understanding of the sectors intricacies. Our team comprises maritime professionals and recruitment experts who possess an intimate knowledge of maritime operations, regulations, and the unique demands of the ports industry, bringing a wealth of experience from diverse fields, enabling us to understand the unique requirements of each sector. With an unwavering focus on quality and integrity, we have built a reputation for delivering exceptional results.

Our vision

We envision a world where every individual finds a fulfilling career path, and every organisation discovers the ideal talent to fuel their growth and innovation.

Our misson

We seek to create close, long lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with all our clients and candidates. We are committed to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism.

What sets us apart


Personalised Approach:
We recognise that every individual and business is distinct. Our approach centers around understanding the nuances of our clients’ needs and candidates’ aspirations, ensuring a perfect alignment between talent and opportunities.


Maritime Expertise:
Our team’s profound understanding of maritime roles, from cruise ship support to roll on roll off and cargo handling, ensures that we can accurately match candidates’ skills with industry requirements.


Tailored Solutions:
We recognise that maritime roles vary greatly in their demands. Our tailored recruitment solutions consider factors such as vessel type, job function, and regulatory requirements, ensuring a seamless fit between candidates and employers.


End-to-End Solutions:
From identifying the right candidates to facilitating smooth onboarding, we provide comprehensive recruitment solutions. Our services encompass permanent, temporary, and executive search placements.


Ethics and Integrity:
We adhere to the highest ethical standards in our interactions with clients and candidates. Transparency, honesty, and confidentiality are the cornerstones of our operations.

Group Companies

Southampton Cargo Handling

SCH is a leading port terminal operator with a portfolio that includes a complete range of terminal and ship handling services covering cruise, roll-on/roll-off, and high and heavy project cargo handling. Our expertise extends from receiving and managing cargo at the quayside to ship planning and subsequent loading, discharge and distribution of cargoes. 

For more information please visit the site.

Cruise and Passenger Services

Cruise and Passenger services often extend the pinnacle of convenience to their guests by offering valet parking solutions. With the ease of valet services, passengers can seamlessly drop off their vehicles at the terminal entrance, confident that their cars will be securely parked for the duration of the cruise. This amenity enhances the overall travel experience, providing a hassle-free beginning to the journey as guest’s transition effortlessly from land to sea. CPS valet parking has operations in major UK ports including Southampton, Portsmouth, Liverpool and Dover.

For more information please visit the site.

Southern Maritime Services

SMS is a leading port terminal operator offering professional support to the cruise and ferry industries in Portsmouth. We have in place a full portfolio of service solutions to manage all aspects of port, cruise and ferry operations. 

For more information please visit the site.

We’re getting ready for our 2024 Cruise Season

If you would like to work with the cruise team as a Baggage Handler please register your interest here!

Please note, you will be contacted by member of the team in April.