Fishing Vessel Safety Policy Lead - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£37,428 - £41,173
08 Nov 2019
01 Dec 2019
Contract Type



About the job

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your experience within the Fishing industry to shape the safety standards set for fishing vessels?

Do you have exceptional communication skills and want to support the UK’s Fishing community?

Can you see yourself working within a successful and inclusive team, as the subject matter expert, shaping decisions that will contribute directly to the safety of UK fishing vessels?

Do you want your job to matter? This one really does…

Job description

In this brand-new role, we are looking for someone who is passionate about safety - focusing on the safety of fishing vessels and their crews.
The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, so they are about to engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders whilst developing new and enhanced policies and standards for fishing vessels.


Your Key Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

• To lead UK policy for safety of Fishing Vessels
• To develop and maintain effective working relationships with industry stakeholders
• To instigate, manage and participate in MCA and externally funded Research Projects as necessary;
• To represent the UK and provide technical support at internal and external meetings.
• Arrange and provide briefing as required for both internal and external fora;
• Draft and/or check documents such as Merchant Shipping Notices, Marine Guidance Notes, instructions for Surveyors ready for clearance by senior colleagues.
• Support and brief MCA, DFT, other government senior management and Ministers, as appropriate
• To support the Directorate contribution to the Business Plan activities and objectives and work to achieve Key Priorities and business plan and Performance Indicator

About you

As an experienced maritime professional, you will bring your exceptional knowledge of implementing standards and regulations with your passion for fishing vessel safety. You will be looking for an opportunity where you can shape and influence the safety of our fishing vessels and the community that keep them running. You have exceptional interpersonal skills and understand how our fishing community thinks, able to communicate complex information to others, with the capability to provide guidance to our customers. You are a trailblazer who is charismatic and leads by example.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a team who pride themselves on their ability to make a difference, a department that matters and people that save lives.

Personal Statement

When writing your personal statement please tailor it to demonstrate:
Your knowledge and experience of the Fishing industry, in particular the ability to demonstrate insights into the factors that contribute to the safety of Fishing vessels and those working on them.


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.

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.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Policy
  • Science and Engineering


• 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, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

The sift is due to take place 04th December 2019
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held 12th December 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 criminal record check maybe carried out.

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

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

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

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.

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

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

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 :   Gwilym Stone Email :   Recruitment team : Email : Further information

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