Radio Spectrum Policy Co-ordinator - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
From £29,832 per annum - £32,367 per annum
09 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Would you like an opportunity to be involved with cutting edge changes to shipping and Maritime safety navigation and communications equipment? 

Do you enjoy building relationships with key internal and external partners? 

If so, we would love to hear from you. 

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Radio Spectrum Policy Co-ordinator. You will provide technical expertise and assistance to support the Radio Spectrum and Technical Standards Unit in its contribution to Navigation Safety Branch (NSB), Directorate of Maritime Safety and Standards DMSS, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Department for Transport (DfT) business objectives. 

You will support the distribution and coordination of the UK input to the development of technical standards for navigation and radio equipment. 

You will work with the unit to support the delivery of a range of varied and interesting workloads, including policy, regulation, standards, technical and operational aspects of maritime communications and navigation equipment. 

This is an exciting time to join the Radio Spectrum and Technical Standards Unit as we will become involved in the development of the regulatory framework for autonomous ships and vessels. 

Your key responsibilities will include
• Policy development and technical support work on navigation and communication equipment 
• Liaising with regulators, including Ofcom 
• Providing support and develop specific policy and technical requirements identified from committees run by Navigation 
• Maintenance of technical standards requirements and other technical documentation 
• Acting as first point of contact within the Branch on matters regarding the implementation of the European Marine Equipment Directive (MED) and Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 
• Responding to radio station license applications for non-operational uses, coastal maritime stations 
• Direct Line management responsibilities for 1 x EO 

About you 

You hold an electronics or maritime qualification or you are able to demonstrate your equivalent experience in these areas. You are able to demonstrate an understanding and awareness of Maritime regulations and operations. 

With excellent interpersonal skills you have the ability to build a network of trusted relationships with key stakeholders within the industry. You have excellent written communication skills with the ability to create engaging procedures, technical documentation and draft impact assessments. 

You are exceptionally organised with the capability to prioritise a varied workload with competing demands. You have the capability to grasp and learn new information quickly to expand your knowledge and expertise of technology. 

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.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

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 and Experience.

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV and personal statement to provide evidence of when you have: 
• Created trusted relationships through collaborative working 
• Successfully demonstrated your knowledge of Maritime operations and regulations 
• Previous electronics or maritime experience 
• Demonstrated your interest in technology 

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

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 24/07/2019. 

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held between 08/08/2019 and 14/08/2019. 

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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