Hazardous Cargoes Advisor - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
From £37,428 - £41,173 per annum
07 Jun 2019
07 Jul 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Job description

Are you self-motivated, outgoing and looking for an opportunity to specialise in a field of international interest? 

Can you provide sound, evidence-based technical advice as well as negotiate, persuade and challenge at all levels? 

If so, we are looking for a dedicated Hazardous Cargoes Advisor to join us at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and we’d love to hear from you. 

We will look to you to lead the management and development of UK policy regulations and guidance involving the carriage of dangerous goods by sea. You will be the primary contact point for all issues in this field, proving subject matter expert advice and contributing on a wide range of safety and environmental matters. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to build upon your knowledge of dangerous goods transportation or to branch out into a specialist field. You will play a key role in influencing and establishing change in the Maritime Industry, and will have the opportunity to represent the MCA and the UK at international meetings and help deliver key Government safety and environmental priorities. 

Role responsibilities 

Your duties will include: 
• providing dangerous goods advice to external stakeholders, MCA colleagues and Government departments 
• acting as policy owner for the MARPOL (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) and UN Model Regulations on the transport of dangerous goods (IMDG Code etc) by sea 
• taking ownership of the MCA relationship with DfT Dangerous Goods Division (DGD) and representing MCA at Departmental level 
• drafting instructions for Government lawyers to implement UK policy for shipping safety and coordinating impact assessments 
• instigating, managing and participating in MCA and externally funded research projects 

For more information about the role and responsibilities please see the attached Role Profile. 

About you 

You do not need to be an experienced safety advisor to be eligible for this role, although this will be an advantage. You do need to have the motivation, enthusiasm and ability to quickly become effective in this role and the confidence to deliver sound advice on Dangerous Goods issues. You will be expected to obtain a dangerous goods safety advisor qualification (DGSA) within your first year in post, if you do not hold one already. 

You will be able to build and maintain effective relationships with a variety of stakeholders of different levels, providing a source of expert technical advice, guidance and challenge when appropriate. You should also have experience of negotiation, particularly in relation to dangerous goods cargo safety, and the influencing and negotiating skills required to drive change in the UK and internationally. 

You will also be prepared to travel to London, other parts of the UK and overseas, sometimes at short notice and with overnight stays. 

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

Technical skills

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

  • Science and Engineering Professional Framework
  • Science and Engineering Professional Framework
  • Policy Professional 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.

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, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement 
to evidence: 
- your experience of using a range of evidence to make decisions 
- your experience of communicating expectations and requirements to external stakeholders or customers 
- your experience of developing and maintaining skills and knowledge required for specific roles 

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.

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 contact Gwilym.Stone@mcga.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place w/c 01.07.2019. 

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held between 15.07.2019 and 22.07.2019 at Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG. 

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. 

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 DfTRecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: 
Click here to visit Civil Service Commission 

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

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