Director of Maritime Operations and Her Majesty’s Coastguard - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
21 Oct 2019
05 Nov 2019
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job

Director of HM Coastguard – to £110,000 plus benefits.

Does your job matter? What we do matters.

At the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), we’re proud of our unique role, because what we do matters. We save lives, prevent causalities, and ensure safety at sea. Thousands of people rely on our 24-hour emergency service 365 days a year, and our international presence extends far beyond the UK. But our work isn’t limited to search and rescue – our roles span the coastguard, pollution response, marine surveying and maritime security. Everything we do is underpinned by our aim to become the best maritime safety organisation in the world – join us and help protect people at sea and our marine environment.

As an organisation we are continuing to grow and change; our new Chief Executive is driving an ambitious programme where leadership, commercial growth and technological advancement are flourishing. We are now looking to recruit a high performing executive to one of the most critical leadership roles in the UK and a position that is truly unique.

Job description

This is your chance.

Not only will you task the biggest airborne fleet in the government outside the armed services, but as the Director of HM Coastguard, you will have operational responsibility for the only National emergency service, the leadership of over 4,000 employees and volunteers across 360 sites, the largest signal network in the UK, ten air bases and, increasingly, drone and autonomous vehicle technology.


This unique and career defining position will require:

The multi-site leadership experience that will ‘gel’, motivate and inspire large and diverse teams; interfacing successfully at multiple levels;
The resilience and intelligence to engage at the highest echelons across Government;
Strategic thinking to define a new chapter in our development and to fully engage all corners of the organisation with that mission over the next three years;
The coaching skills to mentor and develop future tiers of leaders and managers;
The problem-solving ability to resolve highly complex issues as they arise, with a diverse range of stakeholders;
An appreciation of how embracing technology can support our future advancement;
The operational and budgetary experience to manage a £multi-million business in a highly efficient manner.
This is a phenomenal opportunity to develop and drive a strategic change agenda from the highest level within a truly unique organisation. Our staff are committed and inspirational, our estate is unparalleled, and our work affects millions of people across the UK and its waters. Your leadership will help to save countless lives for years to come.

Dare to be different, do something that matters.


• 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. Selection process details

To apply, please email for further information.

Alternatively contact Abigail Indra on

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.

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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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