Regulatory Delivery Officer - Ship Safety

Southampton, Hampshire
£46,969 - £53,700
26 Apr 2019
26 May 2019
Full Time
Contract Type


Southampton, South East

About the job Job description

Salary: £46,696 – £53,700, (depending on skills and experience) This role will be based in Southampton. 

Do you have experience within the Maritime sector associated with shipping? 

Can you implement regulatory and safety processes within the shipping industry? 

Does this sound like you? If so, then we have an exciting opportunity for you in our team and we would love to hear from you. 

As the Regulatory Delivery Officer working with your team, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining UK policies and regulations relevant to Ship Safety, and support the delivery of the wider remit of Ship Standards. Ship Safety is an overriding objective for the MCA and increasingly needs us to consider of issues from "design to disposal" - including but not limited to construction, stability, structural fire protection, lifesaving appliances, reliability of safety critical systems and equipment. The MCA has responsibly for shaping international standards, particularly through the IMO, as well as ensuring national standards for the domestic fleet are fit for purpose. 

Being part of Ship Safety, Ship Safety is an overriding objective for the MCA and increasingly needs us to consider of issues from "design to disposal" - including but not limited to construction, stability, structural fire protection, lifesaving appliances, reliability of safety critical systems and equipment. The MCA has responsibly for shaping international standards, particularly through the IMO, as well as ensuring national standards for the domestic fleet are fit for purpose. 

Roles Responsibilities include and not limited to: 

• Take ownership for the delivery of policy areas assigned to your team, through own individual delivery or effective oversight of the delivery of team. 

• Working with the Assistant Director and other Grade 7’s you will provide leadership to Ship Standards and role model the MCA Values. 

• You will ensure their team members deliver their objectives and maintain the MCA expected behaviours. You will work to enable the development of their team members to fully realise their potential. 

• You will actively engage in all aspects of the regulatory process - working closely with survey and inspection colleagues, analysts, and lawyers, among others, to ensure that regulations are delivered in a timely manner in accordance with all relevant clearance and consultation requirements. 

• You will ensure that stakeholder consultation, briefs, ministerial submissions, and any other associated material are prepared, cleared, and distributed by agreed deadlines. 

• You will identify potential risks to the MCA within their policy areas and develop appropriate plans to mitigate such risks. 

• You will represent the UK and MCA internal and external (e.g. IMO, EU, DfT etc) meetings associated with their areas of responsibility, including drafting and presentation of substantive papers if necessary. 

• Draft and/or check documents such as Merchant Shipping Notices, Marine Guidance Notes, instructions for Surveyors 

• Ensure MCA, DFT(c), other government senior management and Ministers receive appropriate briefings and relevant information to take informed decisions. Arrange and provide briefing as required for both internal and external fora. 

Please see the attached Role Profile for an in-depth view of the post 

You will operate to a normal weekday working pattern consisting of a 7.4 hour working day and over the course of a year you will work 1931 net conditioned hours. You will sometimes be required to occasionally work outside of normal conditioned hours, and to work/travel on official duty within the UK and short-term visits overseas. 

About you 

Does this sound like you? 

- hardworking, resilient and flexible in the way you work 

- enjoys building positive working relationships, engaging and influencing colleagues at all levels 

- enjoys a varied and busy workload, and is able to manage multiple projects and deadlines 

- has a track record of producing work that is of high quality 

You will also have experience in the maritime sector and be competent in the following areas: 

- working and implementing regulatory processes 

- working and implementing safety standards 

- drafting ministerial briefings 

You will also be computer-literate, with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages like Word, Excel and Outlook, and be able to learn and use bespoke programmes and software. 

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.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Analysis and use of evidence - knowledge of policy making in your policy area - Policy Framework
  • Analysis and use of evidence - Science and Technology - Policy Framework
  • Politics and democracy - advising, briefing, and drafting - Policy Framework
  • Overseeing the technical work of others - Science & Engineering
  • Applying scientific and technical knowledge - Science & Engineering

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.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

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, Experience and Technical skills.

When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/ criteria described in the Role Profile. 

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 

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

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

• A Telephone Interview 

• An interview 

• An interview with one or more exercises 

• A full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises 

The interview may consist of a range of question types which could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any given situation, as well as specific examples of things you have done. You may also be asked to sit a written assessment or present on a particular topic. 

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 

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 regarding this role please email Gwilym Stone on:

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place week commencing 15th May 

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from 3rd June 

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. 

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