Head of Policy - Flexible Working Available
About the job
Are you an experienced policy writer with exceptional management skills, looking for an exciting new challenge?
Do you want a role that matters, where your input makes a difference to lives of seafarers?
We currently have an opportunity for an inspiring Head of Policy to join our team at the MCA to manage our team of policy writers and the development and improvement plan of the Seafarer Training and Certification Branch. This is an amazing chance to get involved in formulating policies for UK seafarers and ensuring that the standards for certification are implemented and applied correctly and efficiently.
Coming to us with your exceptional management skills you will lead our team of dynamic policy writers. You have a can do - will do approach to your work and pride yourself on your attention to detail. As an amazing communicator, you will confidently deliver messages in a clear and concise manner to a range of stakeholders applying a tailored approach to your audience, offering pragmatic advice when required.
• Management and strategic direction of the Seafarer Training Branch to ensure that the Service standards for certification of seafarers are correctly implemented and applied.
• The provision of effective and efficient certification for UK seafarers.
• Responsible for the development of legislation on STCW,STCW -F and any other relevant policy areas.
• Management of staff working on policy areas and promotion of positive staff engagement.
• Produce and maintain Business plans in line with Branch/ MCA strategic objectives.
• Planning and organisation of branch.
• Provide advice to industry and public in accordance with MCA policies
• Champion HR best practice
• Take responsibility for own health and safety. Ensures that staff take responsibility for their own health and safety and that of others, and are equipped to understand and manage health and safety risk.
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.
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.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Working Together
- Changing and Improving
- Communicating and Influencing
• 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
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Selection Process Details
The sift is due to take place w/c 4th November 2019.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held on the 18th of November 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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