Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Commander

Dover, Kent
29 Nov 2021
20 Dec 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.

Are you looking for your next challenge in Maritime?

HM Coastguard (HMCG) is the operational arm of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency with responsibility for six key functions: Search and Rescue, Pollution Response, Vessel Traffic Management, Maritime Safety, Maritime Security and Emergency and Disaster Management.

There are three delivery disciplines within HM Coastguard: Maritime and Aeronautical Operations, which coordinate activities from an operations room environment, and; Coastal Operations, which manages resources and service provision on the coast.

We now have an exciting opportunity, as part of our Maritime Operations group, for a Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Commander to join our team.

This is a permanent opportunity which is to be based in Dover.

Job description

To provide management, leadership, and governance to their stations; develop and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships with Category 1 and 2 Responders in their defined areas, including all declared facilities, and; when required during multi-faceted or multi-agency incidents, undertake the role of HMCG Tactical commander.


Included but not limited to:

Ensuring the functional, operational and tactical readiness of their MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) in order to operationally contribute and provide dynamic support to the HMCG National Network, and maintain effective command, control and coordination of SAR, Counter Pollution and Emergency and Disaster Management operations within their designated area(s) of responsibility;

Acting as an HMCG Tactical Commander during multi-faceted or multi-agency incidents as required, being the HMCG Tactical Lead (Silver) at tactical response groups, local resilience forum and SAR emergency planning meetings when needed, participating in the Tactical Commander on-call roster, and if delegated to do so, acting as the HMCG Strategic Lead (Gold);

Developing and maintaining collaborative and effective working relationships with Category 1 and 2 responders and declared facilities, including organising and chairing the regional Maritime Incident Coordination Working Group and SAR Liaison meetings, and participating in local resilience forums and other relevant meetings, committees and conferences;

Leading the MRCC management team and contributing to their Divisional Management Team (DMT), Business Management Groups (BMGs) and associated working groups

Assuming the role of Building Custodian for their station, ensuring building compliance and overseeing Health & Safety risk assessments pertaining to the station;

Leading or directing investigations, reviewing reports, policy documents and other papers as required, and providing advice and input on these matters where appropriate;

Ensuring the quality and direction of all station-related service delivery;

Ensuring that a culture of safety is maintained at all times and, through monitoring and coaching, that staff are conforming to procedures and agency guidance on promoting the safety of mariners and coastal users;

Having line management responsibility for Team Leaders and confirming officer responsibility, managing staff in accordance with MCA policies and ensuring staff maintain personal competency levels and comply with continuation training and Continuous Professional Development requirements, and;

Participating in their own continuous professional development, including all operational, management, leadership training programmes, as required, and developing specialist knowledge in a specific, agreed area of operational delivery

About You

You will ideally hold a Coastguard Maritime Operations Officer and SMC qualification (or recognised) or be willing to work towards.

Possess Tactical Command experience

Possess experience of liaising with a variety of stakeholders

Possess demonstrable knowledge and experience of command, control and management of teams in a response environment.

For further detail on this please see attached the Role Profile for further information

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.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.


Tactical Command qualification as a minimum standard.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Coastguard Framework - Mission Conduction and Incident Command


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.