Head of Maritime Safety Management Operations

Southampton, Hampshire
03 Sep 2021
22 Sep 2021
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job

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Head of Maritime Safety Management Operations

Salary: £55,879 + £5,500 Allowances

Location: Southampton 

Reporting to: Asst. Director, Technical Services Operations  

Are you an experienced Marine Surveyor who can provide subject matter expertise and advice on maritime safety policy?

Would you like the opportunity to make a difference at a strategic level?

If so, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are looking for a dedicated Head of Maritime Safety Management Operations, and we’d love to hear from you. Job description

We will look to you for the effective management of the Maritime Safety Management Branch, to direct a team of operational policy leads and policy advisors and take ownership of the development and delivery of a consistent maritime safety policy.

Representing both MCA and the UK and acting as a focal point to our internal and external customers, you will promote the effective implementation of International and domestic legislation as it relates to the International Safety Management Code (ISM), the Domestic Safety Management Code (DSM) and the Intended Pleasure Vessel Code (IPV) through the provision of technical policy support and guidance to our internal and external customers.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in ensuring the highest standards of marine safety are upheld and to help us achieve our vision of being the best maritime safety organisation in the world. If you have a passion for maritime safety and want to make a difference we encourage you to apply.


Roles Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

• Managing the Maritime Safety Management Operations Branch and acting as focal point for internal and external customers, delivering advice and guidance on ISM, DSM and IPV policy
• Maintaining operational liaison with Marine Offices, other HQ Branches and Technical Services Team and providing policy support for Marine Office Surveyors as and when required
• Implementing the requirements of international and domestic legislation as it relates to the ISM Code, DSM Code and IPV Code
• Monitoring, encouraging and reporting on a regular basis the progress of Marine Offices in completing agreed ISM/DSM/IPV audit programmes
• Ensuring that ISM Code, DSM Code and IPV Code audit processes comply with domestic and international agreed commitments
• Promoting and maintaining Instructions for Guidance to Surveyors in connection with audit operations related to the ISM Code, DSM Code and IPV Code
• Representing the UK and providing technical support at internal and meetings associated with areas of responsibility, including drafting and presentation of substantive papers and arranging and providing briefings as required
• In conjunction with Head of Inspection Operations, follow-up the detention of UK vessels wherever detained for deficiencies related to safety management
• Assisting Heads of Domestic and International Survey Operations, Head of Maritime Security and MLC Operations, Head of Inspections Operations and Head of Technical Performance with the organisation of seminars for MCA Surveyors annually

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

The post will be nominally based at the MCA Headquarters in Southampton but we will consider requests to work from any MCA location with the expectation of regular travel to MCA Headquarters when required.

This role is subject to Surveyor Health Standards.

About You

As an experienced Marine Surveyor, you will bring experience of working in a managerial role on board ship or in a technical capacity of responsibility within the maritime industry. You have the credentials and expertise to be a source of detailed and accurate technical advice about Maritime Safety and difficult and/or complex situations within your specialism.

You are highly driven and strive for excellence, taking charge of situations, people and the delivery of quality outcomes. You are a strong communicator who is confident setting direction and providing leadership that motivates others to make things happen. You have a track record of building long lasting positive working relationships with a range of colleagues and stakeholders, utilising your interpersonal and influencing skills to build trust and gain agreement.

You will operate to a flexible (smarter) working pattern consisting of a 7.4 hour working day and over the course of a year work 1931 net conditioned hours.

You may be required to take part in an 'On Call - Call Out' roster system for which an additional allowance would be payable.

On occasion, there will be a requirement to work outside of normal conditioned hours as well as work/travel on official duty within the UK and short-term visits overseas or offshore, which may involve overnight stays away from home.

You must also comply with MCA Surveyor Health Standards Policy.

About Operational Delivery Profession (ODP)

Operational Delivery Profession (ODP) is the largest and most diverse professional community across the Civil Service. Many of us will have an association with several professional communities or specialisms, ODP applies to all public facing roles / or a role that is primarily aligned to supporting the work of those with public facing roles. All critical to the delivery of UK public services’.


A full UK driving licence and a passport valid for international travel.


The minimum academic qualification required is one of:

a. MCA Recognised STCW II/2 Master unlimited Certificate of Competency; or

b. MCA Recognised STCW III/2 Chief Engineer unlimited Certificate of Competency; or

c. Honours Degree in Naval Architecture, Ship Science, Marine Engineering, Mechanical and Marine Engineering or Marine Technology

d. Applicants without the qualifications stated in a, b or c above, may also be eligible if they are Chartered Engineer (C. Eng) (through Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) or the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)), but in such cases evidence of the equivalent level of learning plus marine industry experience will need to have be demonstrated to the satisfaction of an MCA S&I technical review panel.


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

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Surveyor Technical Competencies - Underpinning competencies - understanding of the principles of the safe operation of large commercial ships - level 4
  • Surveyor Technical Competencies - Underpinning competencies - understanding of small commercial vessel types, design, arrangements and operations - level 4
  • Surveyor Technical Competencies - Underpinning competencies - understanding of SOLAS Ch IX ISM - level 4
  • Surveyor Technical Competencies - Underpinning competencies - understanding of requirements for UK Domestic Passenger Vessels (DPV) - level 4


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

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.

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, Strengths, 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.

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

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Statement of Suitability to demonstrate your experience and understanding of:

• MCA Survey, Audit and Inspection activities, costs and timescales
• high level of technical knowledge regarding the construction, equipment, management and operation of commercial vessels
• managing operational teams, providing leadership, setting direction and closely governing processes to ensure legislative requirements are adhered to

The sift is due to take place from 23rd September 2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held week commencing 4th October 2021.

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
• one or more exercises, such as a presentation, a written exercise, or a role play

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.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

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 DRGComms@dft.gov.uk for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Prasad Panicker Email :   prasad.panicker@mcga.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Further information

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. Visit the Civil Service Commission website at https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/

Attachments Head of Maritime Safety Management Operations - Role Profile Opens in new window(pdf, 125kB) Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB) Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 405kB) Surveyor Technical Competencies Opens in new window(docx, 72kB)

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