Senior Coastal Operations Officer - Flexible Working Available

Paignton, Devon
From £29,832 - £32,367 per annum
02 Apr 2019
02 May 2019
Public Sector
Contract Type

About the job Job description

Are you a resilient and high energy individual who has experience leading operational teams in a response environment? 

Do you have a passion for developing people and love to build and support others to achieve their best? 

If so, this is your opportunity to help save lives with the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA). 

As Senior Coastal Operations Officer, you have the responsibility of the operational management, readiness and safety of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers (CRO) within Coastguard Rescue Teams. As a calm and focused person, you are dedicated to managing the effective delivery of a brilliant emergency response service. This is a crucial service that is capable of responding to people either in distress or at risk of death on the coast. 

Role responsibilities 

As part of the role, your responsibilities may include: 

• acting as coach and mentor to CRO team leaders to ensure consistent standards of leadership and building a culture of safety 

• recruiting and inducting volunteers, including the monitoring of their probation and the provision of training in foundations skills 

• leading and delivering training, identifying training and development needs for individual and teams 

• providing an on scene response to incidents, providing leadership and direction of assets if required 

• assessing the capability of CRO teams responding to incidents, noting good practice and delivering lessons learned and training as appropriate 

• effectively handling assets and resources, including formal inspections of equipment. 

• ensuring equipment meets quality standards, legislation and health and safety requirements 

• representing the Agency and HM Coastguard at meetings with local authorities and other emergency services. 

If you would like more information, please find the role profile attached. 

We operate a 24/7 on-call roster and you will be required to participate in this, acting in a leadership, direction and standards role for the Coastguard Rescue Service. By exception, this will include deployment anywhere in the UK. 

About you 

Are you passionate about helping others? 

Want to be part of making a difference to people's lives? 

Interested? We would welcome your application. 

As you'll be working at an operational level which may be remote from your manager, we need someone who is comfortable to act on their own cognisance, sometimes for considerable periods of time. We would love someone who has superb communication and interpersonal skills and who is committed to working collaboratively to provide the best possible service. 

Your application will not be considered if you have been dismissed from the MCA in the past 24 months for failing to pass the required training for operational posts within HM Coastguard. 
You must be willing to operate throughout Coastguard Areas, which may entail overnight stays. 

Please note, this role is subject to health standard requirements and fitness assessments I.A.W. policy. For more information, please see the attached Health Standards. 

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. 


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

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

  • Coastguard 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. 


Public Holiday and Weekend £1000 & 'On call' £3000. 

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