Aviation Innovation and Future Technology Lead - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£37,803 - £41,858
24 Jan 2020
24 Feb 2020
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job

Would you describe yourself as a confident communicator with excellent influencing skills?
Are you a delivery focused, self motivated individual looking for a role where you can assist and shape the delivery of life saving services and lead on the high value programmes of work for the coastguard and MCA aviation?

Job description

Here at the MCA we are looking to hire an enthusiastic and confident Aviation Innovation and Future Technology lead to join our team! In this brand-new role, you will identify new technologies and innovation for the MCA's aviation projects and work closely with key stakeholders to implement exciting plans for change.


Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Responsible to the Aviation Technical Assurance Manager for working with relevant industry and research organisations to identify technology and innovation.
• Responsible for identifying innovative ways of delivering current and future aviation programmes.
• Responsible for the assessment of any identified technology to ascertain the technology readiness level and asses the alignment with the Aviation programmes.
• Responsible for providing briefings and recommendations for inclusion of new technology and innovation.
• Responsible for providing innovation and technology drafting advice to Ministerial Briefings, Parliamentary Questions, Ministerial Correspondence and Treat Officials on all technical aspects of MCA's Aviation issues.
• Responsible for assisting in the delivery of business as usual for SAR-H, ASV and drones
• Liaise with the relevant MCA, DfT and OGD stakeholders, in relation to the MCA's Aviation innovation and future technologies.
• Takes responsibility for own health and safety and that of others, and is equipped to understand and manage health and safety risk.

About you
Coming to us with excellent . communication skills to work with key stakeholders offering support and guidance through exciting, yet potentially challenging changes. As a natural change agent, you will have a thorough understanding of the sensitivity required to deliver such projects, with a key focus on relationship management ensuring your communication style is tailored to suit your audience. Using these skills, together with a good knowledge of project management you will build on the MCA Aviation services delivered to the Coastguard whilst identifying new technologies and innovation to increase effectivity, efficiency and reduction in risk to personnel.
Your fresh, enthusiastic and dynamic approach, along with your expert attention to detail will make this the perfect next step in your career.
This is a fantastic opportunity to improve service delivery whilst ensuring that the ethos of MCA is kept at the heart.

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.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving


• 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 and Experience.

Personal statement:
Within your CV and personal statement please describe your knowledge and experience of:
• Aviation and project/programme management
• Innovative approaches and technology

Selection Process Details
The sift is due to take place w/c 24th February 2020

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held 4th March 2020.

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.

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.

Operational Delivery Profession (ODP) is the largest and most diverse professional community across the Civil Service. Many of us will have an association with several professional communities or specialisms, ODP applies to all public facing roles / or a role that is primarily aligned to supporting the work of those with public facing roles. All critical to the delivery of UK public services’.

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.

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 Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

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.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Phillip Hanson Email :   phillip.hanson@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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