Senior Coastal Operations Officer -Skegness - Flexible Working Available

Skegness, Lincolnshire
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. This role is based in Skegness but if you are held on a merit list you may be offered a position anywhere within Coastal Area 6. 

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. 

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.


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, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV/Personal Statement to provide evidence your suitability for the role including examples of when you have: 

• demonstrated good communication and interpersonal skills 
• managed individuals either full-time or in the voluntary sector. 
• demonstrated command, control and management of operational teams in emergency response situations 
• worked independently or remotely (from your manager), managing your time against conflicting demands 

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete a Verbal Reasoning test and a Numerical Reasoning test. You must be successful at each stage to progress to the next test. 

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended). The closing date for the tests is midnight on 16 April 2019. 

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

• an interview with one or more 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.

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.

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Sift/interview dates and location

All applicants must take the Reasoning tests before the 16/04/2019 deadline. 

The sift is due to take place 18/04/19. 

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held 02/05/19. 

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out. 

Further information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs 

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact 

Government Recruitment Services via email: 

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: 
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Childcare Voucher 

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.