Emissions Reduction Technical Specialist

Southampton, Hampshire
27 Sep 2021
27 Oct 2021
Contract Type



About the job

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Emissions Reduction Technical Specialist

Salary: £48,774

Location: Southampton  

Reporting to: Maritime Emissions Reduction Engineering Lead  

Job description

Do you want to have a hand in changing the UK - and the world - for the better?

Do you want to work every day on something you are driven and passionate about?

The Maritime Future Technologies Team is a team with a real passion and purpose. You will wake up and go to bed feeling satisfied that what you have worked on that day will drive positive change in the UK, and the world. Our team are driven, motivated and caring; from a range of professions/sectors.

Each day we work energetically and enthusiastically to drive forward sustainable decarbonisation within Maritime, with a big focus on the UK. We continuously challenge ourselves and learn; passionately pushing forward to achieve and exceed targets set for the UK.

In Maritime Future Technologies, we’re going to leave our fingerprints on maritime decarbonisation, for the right reasons.

Do you want to be a part of it?


Roles Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

• Providing expert technical input to support the development, maintenance and delivery of the Maritime Future Technologies programme/work plan and to enable delivery against the plan. This will include advising on prioritisation of where we should focus our efforts/engagement.
• Creating and maintaining strong links with industry/academia to develop an understanding of the technical aspects of the various emerging technology routes and associated risks, and how those risks can best be mitigated both technically and from a regulatory perspective.
• Building expertise in implementation of new fuels from a regulatory perspective so that technical advice can be given to operators to design and build ships with new propulsion technologies and energy saving measures.
• Supporting the development of maritime regulation (within MCA remit) and engagement with other regulators that have an interest to strategically enable the scale uptake of zero emission technologies to support the Government's ambitions set out in the Clean Maritime Plan.
• Supporting the facilitation of industry stakeholders input to the regulatory update process in light of emerging technologies. Including cases for best practice.
• Providing expert technical input to support development of and provide input to the advisory function with the domestic fleet to support the implementation of low emission solutions.
• Providing expert technical input to support the development of the UK training capability to ensure it is fit for future technologies.
• Providing expert technical input to discussions on Emission Reduction at the International Maritime Organisation.
• Providing expert technical input to and insight to Maritime and Coastguard Agency / Department For Transport and other key government stakeholders on emerging technology that will effect policy and regulation in the future of the shipping industry.
• Engaging in recognised Organisations/Classification Societies rule development.

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

About You

Coming to us with a core discipline in naval architecture, marine engineering or equivalent technical specialism. You will be an ambitious individual who wants to make a difference, you think outside the box and challenge the norm. You have excellent management skills and always lead by example. Using your brilliant communication style, you are able to relay messages to any target audience with ease, translating technical language for those not technical minded. You thrive in a fast paced and agile environment and are experienced dealing with a large number of diverse stakeholders.

You pride yourself on your exemplary attention to detail. You are a forward thinker and are looking for a role where you can combine your previous experience using new technologies and making the world a better place to be.

To be successful for this post you will have previous experience of project / task management within a commercial setting and have an understanding of safety case approach i.e. HAZID/HAZOP/FMEA.


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

  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace


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 security 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 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:

• Core discipline in naval architecture, marine engineering.
Or, a technical specialism with proven experience of working with emerging technologies.
Or, experience and understanding of the maritime industry from working within a technical capacity in the industry, and can demonstrate an understanding of relevant engineering concepts.
• Desire to work in a fast paced and agile environment.
• Experience of dealing with a large number of diverse stakeholders.

The sift is due to take place from 28th September 2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from 11th October 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

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

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 :   Thomas Skew Email :   Thomas.Skew@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: Click here (https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/) to visit Civil Service Commission

Attachments 20210729 Emissions Reduction Technical Specialist - Role Profile Opens in new window(pdf, 99kB) 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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