Head of Maritime Safety Management Operations - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£54,723 - £64,665
18 Oct 2019
01 Dec 2019
Contract Type



About the job

Are you an experienced Operations Manager with a genuine focus on the importance of Maritime safety and audit policy procedures?
Do you pride yourself on your excellent communication skills and ability to garner the respect and loyalty from your team?

Job description


We have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Maritime Safety Management Operations to join our team here at the MCA to take charge and direct a team of operational policy professionals in the development, promotion, implementation and monitoring of a consistent policy for ISM-ISO and Maritime Labour operations.

This is a fantastic opportunity to influence and manage the MCA’s implementation of international and domestic legislation.


• Manage the Maritime Safety Management Operations Branch.

• Implement the requirements of international and domestic legislation as it relates to the International Safety Management Code;

• Implement the requirements of domestic legislation as it relates to the Domestic Safety Management (DSM) Code;

• Monitor, support and report on a regular basis the progress of Marine Offices in completing agreed ISM/DSM/ISO audit programmes;

• Ensure International Safety Management Code, Domestic Safety Management Code and MCA Quality Assurance (MCQA) Certification Management System audits comply with domestic and international requirements;

• Ensure that Maritime Labour Convention Inspections comply with domestic and international requirements;

• Support the DMSS contribution to Business Plan activities and objectives;

• Promote and maintain the relevant Instructions for Guidance to Surveyors.

• Monitor and maintain ISM-ISO certification information for all UK vessels and provide information to Surveyors on ISM/ISO audits/inspections as required;

• Represent the UK and provide technical support at internal and external meetings.

• In conjunction with Inspection Operations Policy Manager, follow-up the detention of UK vessels wherever detained for safety management or maritime labour convention reasons;

• Assist Survey Operations Policy Manager, Maritime Security Operations Manager and Inspections Operations Policy Manager in the conduct of their duties.

• Manage MLC related complaints made to the MCA including the maintenance of a register of the complaints made and actions taken.

• Manage the programme to maintain the accreditation of MCA as a Certifying Authority.

About you:
Joining us in this exciting role, you will bring your advanced Operational Management skills, inspiring your team to improve the overall performance of the function always keeping the safety and health of sea farers at heart.
This is a rare opportunity to get involved in a UK Maritime Policy and represent the UK on a global platform.
As an effective communicator, you will confidently deliver messages in a clear and concise manner to a range of stakeholders applying a tailored approach to your audience.
Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

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’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.


Minimum qualifications are:
(a) MCA-recognised STCW II/2 Master Unlimited Certificate of Competency; or
(b) MCA-recognised STCW Chief Engineer III/2 Unlimited Certificate of Competency; or
(c) Honours Degree in Naval Architecture, Ship Science, Marine Engineering, Mechanical and Marine Engineering or Marine Technology.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

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

  • Policy


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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

Selection process details

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

The sift is due to take place on 3rd December 2019.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held:
Skype: w/c 16th December 2019
Face to Face: w/c 13th January 2020
Interview location to be confirmed.

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
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed 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

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.

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.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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 dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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.

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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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Simon Graves Email :   simon.graves@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