Head of Survey Operations - Flexible Working Available

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



About the job Are you looking for a role where you can demonstrate your excellent management skills?
Do you want to make a difference to the future activity for UK Vessels?

If so this could be the role for you! Job description


We have an outstanding opportunity for a Head of Survey Operations to join our team. Using your extensive knowledge of survey and certification and excellent communication skills, you will manage our diverse and dedicated team of operational policy leads and advisors in supporting the MCA Surveyor workforce in their duties; you will be responsible for the overall and consistent policy for survey operations.

You are a proven leader, able to offer pragmatice advice and guidance in a timely manner.


• Manage the Survey Operations Branch

• Maintain operational liaison with Marine Offices, other HQ Branches and Technical Support Team within the Directorate of Maritime Safety and Standards (DMSS) and provide policy support for Marine Office Surveyors as and when required;

• Oversee the arrangements for surveys of UK ships

• Promote and maintain the relevant Instructions for Guidance to Surveyors

• Represent the UK and provide technical support at internal and external meetings associated with areas of responsibility

• Contribute to the development of aide memoires and the maintenance of survey information for all UK vessels.

• Develop and maintain the system for assessing the risk profile of UK registered vessels operating under the Enhanced Authorisation Scheme (EAS) and active participate in the flag-in panel;

• Have ownership of the centralised certification system and the Surveyor information system.

• Manage research & consultancy projects associated with areas of responsibility.

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

• Take full accountability for all activities and budgets within the business areas specific to the work of the Branch;

• Take responsibility for own health and safety. Ensure that staff take responsibility for their own health and safety, and that of others, and are equipped to understand and manage health and safety risks;

• Develop and maintain an appropriate levels of technical competency. Maintain appropriate accreditation within the Marine Surveyor Development Scheme (MSDS) as developed for HQ based Surveyors

About you:
Coming to us with your excellent management background you will excel in a role that will allow you to showcase your skillset, knowledge and experience with the maritime regulatory sector. You are a natural leader who has exceptional communication skills and you nurture your team to ensure that you draw the best out of them.
You are process driven and have a fantastic work ethic, replicated by your team.

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.


The minimum academic qualification required is one of:

a. MCA Recognised STCW II/2 Master Unlimited Certificate of Competency; or
b. MCA Recognised STCW III/2 Chief Engineer Unlimited Certificate of Competency; or
c. Honours Degree in Naval Architecture, Ship Science, Marine Engineering, Mechanical and Marine Engineering or Marine Technology
d. Applicants without the qualifications stated in a, b or c above, may also be eligible if they are Chartered Engineer (C. Eng) (through Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) or the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)), but in such cases evidence of the equivalent level of learning plus marine industry experience will need to have be demonstrated to the satisfaction of an MCA S&I technical review panel.


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:

  • Surveyor


• 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.

Selection Process Details
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

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

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

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