UKSR Commercial Business Partner

Southampton, Hampshire
07 Sep 2021
19 Sep 2021
Full Time
Contract Type



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.

UK Ship Register Commercial Business Partner 

Salary: £38,654

Location: Southampton  

Reporting to: Commercial Director  

Are you looking for a role that allows you to make a real strategic difference?

Do you thrive in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment?

Would you love to be a part of an organisation that affects millions of people’s lives every day?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Job description

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are currently in search of a new Commercial Business Partner to support their Commercial Director in all commercial activity and financial matters relating to the UK Ship Register.

This is a fantastic time to be joining the MCA during a period of rapid transition, within a highly ambitious and motivated leadership team. Following a strategic review, The UK Ship Register (UKSR) has recently merged into the Directorate of UK Maritime Services (UKMS) to form a new customer-centric organisation. Following a period of uncertainty linked to the UK's decision to leave the EU, the UK Flag is now in a position to accelerate growth by adopting a customer-centric mindset and building a high-performing commercially astute team.


Roles Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

• Providing direct support to the Commercial Director of UKSR in respect of all commercial activity and financial matters.
• Providing high quality analysis of Flag performance and customer activity data to support the development of commercial strategies.
• Providing oversight of all financial management with the department.
• Being first point of contact for all finance enquiries relating to the UK flag.
• Providing challenge to the budgeting and forecasting of information supplied by teams within UKSR.
• Supporting UKMS Finance Business Partner in ensuring MCA meets if financial objectives within the wider MCA business plan.

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

About You 

To thrive in this role, you will possess a strong knowledge of commercial activities, fees regulations and fees statutory instrument (SI). You will be competent in managing budgets, coupled with proven experience forecasting requirements and undertaking future financial planning.

We would love to hear from individual’s adept at identifying and analysing trends and cost drivers, combined with the ability and confidence to work alongside Directors and Senior Managers. The latter will be exemplified by the possession of first-class verbal, written and presentational communication qualities.

We are committed to encouraging and enabling our staff to develop in and above their role and will support you through further development opportunities/qualifications.


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

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


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 and Experience.

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 personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

To apply for this role, you will need to provide detailed evidence of your knowledge and experience of the following sift criteria within your CV and Personal Statement:

• Able to manage budgets, experience in forecasting requirements and future financial planning
• Knowledge of commercial activities, fees regulations and the fees Statutory Instrument (SI)
• Able to identify and analyse trends and cost drivers - detailed knowledge with more experience (level 3 definition above)
• Confident in working alongside Directors and Senior Managers

The sift is due to take place w/c 20th September 2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from 29th September 2021.

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.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

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

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 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 :   Dan Vivian Email :   Recruitment team : Email : 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: 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

Attachments 20210825 UKSR Commercial Business Partner - Role Profile Opens in new window(docx, 53kB) Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 405kB) Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB)

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