Marine Surveyor 'S' Level - Engineer Discipline - Flexible Working Available

£42,105 - £50,719 plus £3,500 allowance during the initial training
05 Mar 2019
05 Apr 2019
Contract Type


Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 5EZ : Bangor, Northern Ireland, BT20 5ED : Cardiff, Wales, CF24 5JW : Colchester, Eastern, CO2 9BY : Beverley, Yorkshire and the Humber, HU17 9JB : Liverpool, North West, L23 8SY : Glasgow, Scotland, PA3 2RB : Plymouth, South West, PL1 4RW : Southampton, South East, SO15 1EG

Important note: locations and vacancies 

In addition to the locations listed in this advert, and subject to business needs, individual requirements and the competence/skills of the post-holder, we may request or offer remote working in a variety of locations. For more information regarding this, please contact the vacancy holder using the details below. 

The number of vacancies available may vary depending on business requirements, any successful applicants who do not get offered a suitable location will remain on a merit list for 12 months, and may be offered suitable roles as they become available. 

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) aims to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world. We need experienced and capable Surveyors to help us realise this vision – could it be you? 

The role of a Marine Surveyor with the MCA is extremely varied and no two days are the same. You will be required to survey, inspect and audit a variety of different vessels, large and small, international and domestic, to ensure UK and International Regulations are being met. 

Role responsibilities 

You will be line managed by a Principal Marine Surveyor. In respect of operational delivery you will be responsible to the Technical Manager and Business Manager for assisting the Marine Office and Divisional Area in achieving its agreed annual Business Plan activities and objectives. 

As part of your day to day role you will be required to inspect, audit and survey ships and maritime ship operators to safeguard that they meet UK, EU and international safety, management, welfare, security and anti-pollution regulations. You will also carry out approval of stability information where qualified to do so. 

When qualified as an Engineer Examiner, you will undertake oral examinations so as to ensure high standards of training and competence amongst seafarers. 

Surveyors will operate to a flexible working pattern consisting of a 7.4 hour working day and over the course of a year the post-holder is contracted to work 1931 net conditioned hours. 

For full details of the role and your responsibilities please role profile which is attached below. 

About you 

You will be an experienced maritime professional with relevant academic qualifications. You will possess proven customer service skills and have experience of managerial roles on board ship or in a technical capacity of responsibility within the maritime industry. 

The minimum academic qualification required is: 

• MCA Recognised STCW III/2 Chief Engineer unlimited Certificate of Competency 

Applicants without the above qualification stated, may also be eligible if they are Chartered Engineer (C. Eng) (through Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) or the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)), but in such cases evidence of the equivalent level of learning plus marine industry experience will need to have been demonstrated to the satisfaction of an MCA S&I technical review panel. 

Other qualifications may be accepted, subject to evidence being submitted that demonstrates an acceptable academic content covering a similar level of technical knowledge related to commercial shipping. Such qualifications will be reviewed and assessed by the MCA S&I technical review panel. 

In each of the above cases the stated qualifications need to be supported by 'sufficient experience' in a managerial role on board a ship or in a technical capacity of responsibility within the maritime industry. 

Due to the nature of the role, successful candidates must already hold or be willing to undergo a Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC). Gaining CTC Clearance will normally require you to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years, and only candidates who meet this requirement will be considered for the role. 

About us 

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea. 

Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas. 

Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world. 

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency 

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions. 


Driving licence valid for driving in the UK.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Surveyor Technical Framework

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.


Whilst you complete your training, you will receive a starting salary of £45,605. This equates to £42,105 basic salary and £3,500 allowances for the initial training period (additional allowances are obtainable and will be dependent on certain individual qualifying criteria). 

Your basic will increase to £44,105 after you successfully complete your first years training.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

To apply for this role you are required to complete a: 

1. CV, 
2. Personal Statement and 
3. Qualifications questionnaire. 

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and its essential minimum requirements. 

You must attach a completed Qualification Questionnaire when prompted. A blank copy is attached to this advert for you to download. Do not attach copies of your CV, qualifications or any other documents that can be used to identify you. Failure to follow these instructions may result in your application being rejected. 

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include: 

• an interview 
• an interview with one or more exercises 
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises 

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 

• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.