Marine Surveyor "H" Level - Flexible Working Available

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
From £29,678 (increasing to £30,678 after training period) - £35,278 per annum
26 Apr 2019
26 May 2019
Full Time
Contract Type


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About the job

Job description

Are you a qualified Marine Surveyor with experience in a managerial role on board ship or in a technical capacity of responsibility within the maritime industry? 

If so, we are looking for 5 Marine Surveyors from all disciplines to join us at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and we’d love to hear from you. 

You will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our annual Business Plan activities and objectives. We will look to you to inspect, audit and survey ships and maritime ship operators to ensure they meet UK, EU and international safety, management, welfare, security and anti-pollution regulations. 

A qualified Engineer Examiner will also undertake oral examinations to ensure high standards of training and competence amongst seafarers. 

Role Responsibilities 

Your duties will include but are not limited to: 

• carry out surveys in straightforward and routine cases leading to the issue of statutory certificates for small/non-convention vessels, to include acting as the lead surveyor 

• carry out inspections of small/non-convention vessels and port installations in straightforward and routine cases to ensure compliance with International Conventions, EU legislation and UK statutory requirements 

• if qualified as an ISM auditor, carry out safety management audits in straightforward and routine cases under the International Safety Management (ISM) code of ship operators and their vessels for ISM Document of Compliance (DOC) & ISM Safety Management Certificate (SMC) 

• help to fulfill UK obligations under the Paris MOU Agreement and EU Port State Control Directive by assisting and working to the direction of a qualified Port State Control Officer (PSCO) in the inspection of foreign registered ships calling at UK ports 

• forming part of an MCA team - under direction of senior qualified colleague - to assist with various surveys and inspections (i.e. witness emergency drills on a large passenger ship) 

For full details of the role and your responsibilities please see the Role Profile of your chosen Discipline which is attached below. 

About you 
The minimum academic qualification required is one of: 

Engineer Discipline 

Engineer Surveyor: FV Class 1 Certificate of Competency (Engineer); or 
Engineer Surveyor: MCA Recognised STCW III/2 Second Engineer unlimited Certificate of Competency; 

Nautical Discipline 

Nautical Surveyor: FV Class 1 Certificate of Competency (Deck); or 
Nautical Surveyor: MCA Recognised STCW II/2 Chief Officer unlimited Certificate of Competency 

Naval Architect Discipline 

A degree accredited by RINA/SNAME as meeting the academic qualifications for Incorporated Engineer 

Ship Discipline 

An engineering degree accredited by IMarEST / IMechE as meeting the academic qualifications for Incorporated Engineer 

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

As a source of detailed technical advice about straightforward and routine situations you must also be able to demonstrate the technical competency levels specified for the post. Areas of technical competency are detailed in MCA document MSF 4989 which forms part of the Marine Surveyor Development Scheme (MSDS). 

You will also be computer literate and familiar in the use of MCA IT office software (Microsoft Office). 

A statutory Code of Practice on the English Language requirement of Public Sector workers came into force on 21st November 2016. As a result, all Customer facing roles in the Department for Transport require the ability to converse with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English (or Welsh where necessary). All customer facing staff are required to be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly, and only a conceptually difficult subject can hinder a natural smooth flow of language. Your spoken and written English ability will be assessed at interview, and only applicants who meet these requirements will be considered for this 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.


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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:

  • Marine Surveyor Development Scheme

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.


Up to £7,500 (£3,500 during the initial training period)

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: 

- CV 

- Personal Statement 

- Qualifications questionnaire 

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to evidence: 

- your experience in a managerial role on board ship or in a technical capacity of responsibility within the maritime industry 

- your knowledge and experience of straightforward and routine situations and providing detailed technical advice 

The Qualifications Questionnaire is attached below. Your completed copy needs to be attached to your application. Please do not attach your CV or scans of your qualifications. Failure to attach the correct documents 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 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.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants

For more information about the vacancy please email

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 20/05/19 

Interview/assessment will be held 03/06/19 - 07/06/19 

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. 

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. 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.