Ship Safety Lead - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
From £46,696 per annum - £53,700 per annum
09 Jul 2019
12 Aug 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Are you an experienced Maritime Professional looking for a challenging and rewarding experience to further your career? 

Do you have the passion, experience, and expertise to help enhance the safety of ships in the UK and abroad? 

This is your opportunity to join a dynamic team who are all working towards making a difference to maritime safety, and we’d love to hear from you. 

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) aims to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world. We are looking for two experienced and capable Ship Safety Leads to help us achieve our vision - Safer lives, safer ships, cleaner seas. 

About the role 

You will work with the team to develop and maintain 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 the issues from "design to disposal" - including but not limited to construction, stability, structural fire protection, life saving appliances, reliability of safety critical systems and equipment. 

This exciting opportunity will mean your job matters as you are responsible for shaping national and international safety standards. You will contribute to saving lives by making ships safer. 

Key Responsibilities 

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

• 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 

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

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

• 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 

• ensure MCA, DFT(c), other government senior management and Ministers receive appropriate briefings and relevant information to take informed decisions 

For more information please see the attached Role Profile. 

About You 

We are looking for an experienced Maritime Professional who can demonstrate experience of the development and/or application of safety standards. 

You will have proven customer service skills and can make quick, effective decisions, that are always focused on achieving the best outcomes. 

Through your excellent communication skills you have the ability to effectively build relationships with a variety of stakeholders across different cultures and industries. 

You are resilient, flexible and able to manage a varied workload with competing priorities. 

You will also have a high standard of drafting ability which allows you to draft quality submissions and other policy documents. 

If you see yourself in this way, we really want to hear from you. 

Important information 

You will operate to a flexible working pattern consisting of an average of 37 hours per week. On occasion, there will be a requirement to work outside of ‘normal hours’. 

You will be required to work and travel on official duty within the UK and short-term visits overseas which may involve overnight stays. 

A passport valid for international travel is required. 

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. 

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. Behaviours

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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

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

  • • Policy - Analysis and use of evidence - knowledge of policy making in your policy area - Level 3
  • • Policy - Politics and democracy - advising, briefing, and drafting - Level 3
  • • Science & Engineering - Applying scientific and technical knowledge - Level 3

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.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form. 

Please tailor your personal statement to provide evidence of your experience of the following: 

Your experience within a maritime or closely related context of developing or applying equipment standards (eg fire protection, life saving appliances, other safety critical systems) or engineering and design requirements. 

Please tailor your CV to evidence your suitability for the role, taking into account the requirements of the role as outlined in this advert and on the role profile. 

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 further information about this vacancy please contact

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 14/08/2019 - 15/08/2019. 

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 02/09/2019. 

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. 

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: 
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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