Receiver of Wreck - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
From £37,428 per annum - £41,173 per annum
31 May 2019
13 Jun 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Job description

Do you have exceptional interpersonal skills? Do you have an understanding of the legislation and policy which applies in the marine environment and impacts on wreck and salvage issues? Would you relish an interesting and unusual opportunity within Government? 

Do you have experience of engaging directly with external customers and/or members of the public? 

If so, we are looking for a Receiver of Wreck to join us at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and we’d love to hear from you. 

This is a pivotal role and historic, which provides the function through which much of Part IX of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 is administered, operated and enforced. 

As the Receiver of Wreck for the UK, you will deal with matters of wreck and salvage in UK waters and wreck brought within UK waters. You will find yourself dealing with wreck material from the Bronze Age all the way through to the operational response to current incidents involving wreck and salvage. 

This is a unique, challenging and rewarding role where you will have the opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, from colleagues across the MCA to Ministers, wider Government and industry stakeholders to name just a few. 

Role responsibilities 

As Receiver of Wreck for the UK, some of the key responsibilities of your role will include: 

• Responding to maritime casualties in an operational capacity, on a UK-wide basis, utilising the appropriate statutory powers to manage the situation. 
• Discharging statutory obligations and discretionary decision-making powers of a Receiver of Wreck as set out in the MSA 95 
• Managing all reports of wreck recovered from within UK territorial waters and brought within UK territorial waters, both historic and modern. 
• Managing salvage claims and ensuring the payment of fair salvage awards. 
• Determining legal ownership of all recovered wreck material and verifying claims of Manorial rights to wreck. 
• On behalf of the Crown, dispose of unclaimed wreck, taking into account current legislation and cross-government policy, in particular in the field of maritime heritage management. 
• Enforce wreck and salvage law at all levels, from education through to prosecution. 

The role involves some travel and overnight stays within the UK and, very occasionally, some international travel may be required. This may be at short notice. 

The Receiver of Wreck is part of the Directorate of Her Majesty’s Coastguard out of hours on-call system. This on-call responsibility is shared with the Deputy Receiver of Wreck and may involve the provision of advice over the telephone and by email, however, on occasion it may require the on-call Receiver of Wreck officer to attend the scene of an incident. 

About you 

To thrive in this role, it is essential that you are a confident person who enjoys building solid working relationships at all levels, with strong collaboration, stakeholder and relationship management skills. 

You will have experience of providing guidance and robust recommendations to stakeholders, where your exceptional stakeholder engagement and relationship-building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels. 

Excellent communication and influencing skills are pivotal to this role with experience of using diplomacy and skills in negotiation; where your exceptional stakeholder engagement and relationship-building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels; holding your own during challenging conversations. 

You will thrive managing a varied and challenging workload and welcome autonomy to your role. 

You will ideally have an understanding of the legislation and policy which applies in the marine environment and impacts on wreck and salvage issues.
Going forward, we are committed to encouraging and enabling our staff to develop in and above their role and will support you in undertaking further development opportunities/qualifications. 

About us 

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

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


Full valid driving licence


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • Policy Profession Standards - Analysis and use of evidence - science and technology
  • Policy Profession Standards - Politics and Democracy - Advising, Briefing, Drafting

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


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.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

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

How to Apply 

The Department for Transport has adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

You will need to provide a CV and Personal Statement to apply for this role. 

Please tailor your CV to evidence your skills, knowledge and previous experience you have against the criteria outlined in the job advert and attached role profile. 

Please ensure that your Personal Statement clearly evidences your knowledge and experience of: 

• Your understanding of national and international legislation/regulation/policy which applies in the marine environment and impacts on wreck and salvage issues 

• Experience of using diplomacy and skills in negotiation and persuasiveness. 

• Experience of public speaking 

• Experience of engaging directly with external customers and/or members of the public 

• Excellent written and oral communications skills and an ability to apply these to a varied customer base 

Please note that if you are invited for interview/assessment, you may be assessed against any of the criteria noted on the attached Role Profile. 

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 

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here 

Applicants should also use the attached additional competency framework and refer to the competency definitions within. 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 
• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

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

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place on or around 18th June 2019. 

Interview/assessment will be held in Southampton on or around 3rd July 2019. 

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. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.

Further information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

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

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs 

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

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 

Childcare Vouchers 

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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