Contracts and Compliance Manager - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
15 Nov 2019
27 Nov 2019
Public Sector
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job

Do you have an excellent track record of building meaningful working relationships?

Are you confident in producing high quality written reports and correspondence within tight deadlines?

If so, it would be great to hear from you!

Job description

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are looking for a driven and resilient individual to join us as Contracts and Compliance Manager.

This recently created role will see you providing invaluable input into developing and maintaining terms of reference for a wide range of stakeholders and liaise with many colleagues and surveyors to ensure that audits are carried out effectively and efficiently.

Your work will ultimately make a huge difference to peoples lives, contributing to seafarer training and overall safety at sea.


Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to;

• Undertake the development of external contracts for delegated service providers of STC products (SQA, IYT, RYA, SEAFISH, AMERC, IAMI, MNTB) to ensure the compliance and standards are agreed.
• Develop an audit programme for delegated service providers of STC products in consultation with the Chief Examiner.
• Periodically organise audits and be part of the audit team for delegated service providers of STC products
• To build and maintain relationships & ensure contractual compliance with external service providers.

For a full and detailed list of responsibilities; please refer to the attached role profile.

Travel information

There is a likelihood of regular work travel on official duty within the UK and visits overseas which may involve overnight stays away from home.
A passport valid for international travel is therefore essential.

About you

As someone who is a fantastic communicator, you will be confident and professional when building meaningful and lasting relationships with stakeholders and colleagues. The strength of these relationships will be pivotal when sometimes needing to address sensitive / difficult subjects.

You will be comfortable producing high quality, accurate written reports to sometimes tight deadlines, so will require the ability to remain focussed and accurate under pressure.

It is essential that you have an understanding of STCW 78 as amended,Maritime legislation and enforcement,course approvals and college audits.

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.


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.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together


• 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.

When preparing your Personal Statement and CV, please ensure to evidence the following:

• examples of carrying out or coordinating audits;
• examples of development or management of external contracts;
• examples of coordinating investigation of complex problems.

The sift is due to take place 28/11/19

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held 12/12/19

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.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

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

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

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 DfT 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 :   Ajit Jacob Email :   Recruitment team : Email : 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: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission