Aviation Engagement Support Officer - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
15 Oct 2020
25 Oct 2020
Contract Type


We welcome applications from all communities and we don’t discriminate against any identity. We’re interested to hear from you, regardless of your background.

Would you love to be part of the MCA’s biggest programme of work, investing in the next generation of aviation Search and Rescue for Her Majesty's Coastguard?

Are you looking for a new and exciting role where no two days are the same, and helping the Coastguard build a new aviation service that will save lives, deliver value and drive innovation?

Do you have strong communication and engagement skills with the ability to work at pace?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Job description

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are looking for a passionate and confident Aviation Engagement Support Officer to join their exciting Second-Generation Aviation Search and Rescue Programme, known as UKSAR2G.

UKSAR2G is the successor programme of the current UKSARH contract which is in its fifth year of operation. UKSARH replaced the UK’s legacy search and rescue helicopter arrangements which consisted of a mixture of military and Coastguard helicopters. All search and rescue helicopters now operate under the Coastguard and are operated on behalf of the MCA by Bristow Helicopters Ltd.

As our Aviation Engagement Support Officer, you will work as part of a dynamic team, having responsibility for assisting the Engagement Team to deliver the strategy for UKSAR2G. You will work alongside the Engagement Lead, interacting with the HMCG Operational Senior User for UKSAR2G and the MCA Press Office to deliver communications to our partner organisations, ensuring interested groups and individuals are kept up to date and informed quickly and efficiently.

The current UKSARH Programme is responsible for the rescue of thousands of lives every year and you could be part of the next decade of the Coastguard search and rescue.

As part of this role, some UK travel is expected with potential for overnight stays.


The role responsibilities can include but are not limited to:

• Supporting the development and implementation of a robust engagement strategy which identifies the key diverse interested parties and how they will be managed.

• Working closely with the UKSAR2G Engagement Lead to identify and champion engagement opportunities with interested parties.

• Supporting any industry engagement events for the UKSAR2G programme, developing content, supporting the running of the events (currently virtually due to Covid-19) and the publishing of resources following the event

• Work with the press office and UKSAR2G Engagement Lead to draft initial responses to any media/press enquiries. Support any proactive media enquiries and, work with the Media Producer and UKSAR2G Engagement Lead.

• Develop and maintain matrices which demonstrate interested parties, interest, influence and impacts in relation to search and rescue and emergency air response capabilities. Maintain the matrix to ensure that it remains current and interest and influence scores reflect the current risks.

For further information please see the attached role profile

About you

We are looking for someone who has experience of working with a wide and diverse range of interested parties. You will be someone who naturally enjoys working collaboratively with different business areas and organisations and likes the challenge of influencing others to achieve business outcomes. You can build rapport quickly with both internal and external interested parties which enables you to build solid relationships.

We are looking for someone who has exceptional communication skills and can express themselves confidently and concisely with internal and external interested parties at all levels. You will represent the Agency in a professional and clear manner, ensuring timely delivery of key messages to all interested parties. First-class writing skills are paramount to this role, with the ability to turn around communications and responses to tight deadlines. You must also have excellent drafting skills to produce high quality documents.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


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.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

As part of the application process you will be required to provide a CV and Statement of Suitability.

For your CV, you will need to detail relevant employment history, which will help demonstrate and support your suitability for the role.

For your Statement of Suitability, you must utilise the word count to provide evidence and detail of the following criteria:

• Experience of working with and engaging a wide and diverse range of interested parties with different or conflicting requirements

• Experience of producing high quality communications to a diverse range of interested parties

Selection Process Details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For this role we will assess your Experience, Behaviours and Strengths.

The sift is due to take place w/c 26th October 2020.

Interviews will be held w/c 2nd November and w/c 9th November.

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

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process

Further Information

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Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email DRGComms@dft.gov.uk for assistance.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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