Marine Technology Policy Manager

Southampton, Hampshire
09 Nov 2020
09 Dec 2020
Full Time
Contract Type


Based in Southampton, with the potential for some remote working

About the job 

We welcome applications from all communities and we don’t discriminate against any identity. We’re interested to hear from you, regardless of your background.

Are you looking for a role where you can influence Maritime
safety and make a real difference whilst saving lives?

Would you describe yourself as someone who has a natural ability to draft quality content?

Does a role that offers stability with clear development opportunities within the civil service interest you?

This could be the role for you.

Job description

We have an exciting opportunity here at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for a Marine Technology Policy Manager to join us.

We are responsible for developing and maintaining UK policies and regulations relating to a wide range of safety and environment issues associated with ships and vessels of all sizes.

You will take a dedicated lead in managing and developing UK policy regulations and guidance for the specific policy area as directed by the Branch Manager, in support of UK government objectives for a safe and commercially successful UK fleet supported by their own technical knowledge and the expertise of colleagues.

The role will provide key responsibility for liaison with internal and external partners to ensure the MCA has an informed and balanced approach that meets the Government's obligations, industry needs, and public expectations.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• to manage UK policy for marine technology subjects under the ship standards remit
• use technical knowledge to actively participate in the negotiation of UK and international policy on marine technology subjects and other subjects
• to provide a focal point role for industry and colleagues on matters regarding UK policy for marine technology and maintain a positive and proactive role in liaison with MCA consultant surveyors, Technical Performance Managers (TPMs), relevant Directorates and Branches within the MCA, and external stakeholders
• draft instructions for Government lawyers for preparation and timely implementation of regulations and draft codes and guidance to implement UK policy for shipping safety
• represent the UK and provide technical support at internal and external meetings and working groups associated with their areas of responsibility
• arrange and provide briefing as required for both internal and external fora on marine technology related subjects
• develop briefing material for government senior management and Ministers on marine technology policy matters
• support the DUKMS Ship Standards contribution to the MCA Business Plan activities and objectives and work to achieve Key Priorities and business plan and Performance Indicator
• work collaboratively across Ship Standards, MCA, and wider network of stakeholders to support the effective delivery of their own work and the work of the team
• to ensure that the MCA visions and values are upheld in all aspects of their work

About you -

You will come to us with extensive knowledge of the maritime environment, drawing on relevant experience in either, marine engineering, naval architecture, maritime operations, risk or safety engineering, previous seafaring experience, or maritime technical expertise in a different domain.

Priding yourself on the ability to empathise you have a real understanding of how decisions can impact others, thus enabling realistic expectations and an appreciation of the need for achievable standards that are transparent.

Your written communication skills are exceptional and interpersonal skills excellent, you enjoy engaging with stakeholders and can do so effortlessly whilst building trusted relationships.

You thrive in a dynamic, high profile environment. You are proficient with the use of Microsoft packages.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

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

  • Policy Profession Framework - Evidence - Compile, assimilate, distil, interpret and present a strong evidence base from a wide range of types of evidence and opinions to form a sound and compelling base to inform coherent policy making - Level 2
  • Science and Engineering Framework - Applying scientific and technical knowledge - Level 2
  • Science and Engineering Framework - Understanding and complying with statutory requirements and standards - Level 2


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.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

We will assess your technical skills using the Policy Profession Framework and Science and Engineering Framework.

You will be asked to complete an online CV and Statement of Suitability as part of your application.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Statement of Suitability to demonstrate:
• your scientific and technical knowledge in either, marine engineering, naval architecture, maritime operations, risk or safety engineering, previous seafaring experience, or fire safety engineering in a different domain
• effectively drafted high quality documents/submissions
• built effective working relationships with external providers/partners

The sift is due to take place w/c 23rd November 2020.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 7th December 2020.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

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

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

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

Further Information

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Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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