Autonomy Technical Specialist

Southampton, Hampshire
22 Oct 2020
29 Oct 2020
Contract Type


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Job description

We are growing! Here at the Maritime and Coastguard agency we are developing a new and innovative team to cover key areas such as Decarbonisation and Autonomy - we are looking for forward thinking professionals to help build and develop this team to help create a better future.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has formed the Maritime Future Technologies team to drive forward and support implementation of cutting-edge innovation in both Emission Reduction and Autonomy in the Maritime sector. This new function that has been setup to enable the UK to lead the way in Maritime Emission Reduction and Autonomous Vessels by 2050.

To address the challenges in this sector the team aims to be dynamic, fast paced, and collaborative. Through an understanding and supportive approach, it will facilitate the implementation of trials and projects, support regulation updates and drive forward a much-needed change in industry.

Facilitating the implementation of projects in the short term on an individual basis. By acting as a focal point and connecting various stakeholders. Enabling it to become the interface between innovation in industry and regulatory/policy function.

Supporting regulatory change by learning from projects within the current regulatory framework and challenging the approach to maritime regulation.

Influencing to drive change and direction of industry through engagement, and informed opinion becoming an expert in the sector and making the connections between ideas and reality.

To ensure the UK is seen as a worldwide role model, at the heart of the global maritime autonomy industry and is proactive in driving the transition to zero emission shipping. Being agile enough to enable the UK to gain a significant share of the economic, environmental and health benefits associated with a technologically advanced and sustainable maritime industry.

This is an exciting time to join the MCA as the Autonomy Technical Specialist. You will be responsible for providing specialist technical expertise on technological developments associated with remotely operated and autonomous vessels. Your expertise will be central to the MCA's change and adaption of safe regulations to achieve our Maritime 2050 plan and the Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime route map.


Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Providing expert technical input to provide regulatory advice to industry supporting the introduction of autonomous vessels and technologies to the UK fleet.

• Providing expert technical input to support the development, maintenance and delivery of the Maritime Future Technologies programme/work plan and to enable delivery against the plan. This will include advising on prioritisation of where we should focus our efforts/engagement.

• Creating and maintain strong links with industry/academia to develop an understanding of the technical aspects of emerging technology and associated risks, and how those risks can best be mitigated from a technical and regulatory perspective.

• Building expertise in implementation of emerging technologies/autonomy from a regulatory perspective so that technical advice can be given to operators to design and build ships with autonomous technologies.

• Supporting the development of maritime regulation (within MCA remit), and engagement with other interested regulators, to enable the uptake of autonomous technologies and support the Government's ambitions set out in Maritime 2050.

• Providing expert technical input to discussions on Autonomy at the International Maritime Organisation.

For the full list of responsibilities, please review the role profile.

About you

To apply for this role, it is essential you have a core discipline in naval architecture, marine engineering or equivalent technical specialism with proven experience of working with emerging technologies.

You pride yourself on your exemplary attention to detail. A forward thinker, who is looking for a role where you can combine your previous experience using new technologies and making the world a better place to be. You will use your brilliant communication style, to relay messages to any target audience with ease and be able translate technical language for those not technical minded.

We are looking for an ambitious individual who wants to make a difference, who thinks outside the box and challenges the norm. You have a passion for actively building and maintaining a wide range of networks to achieve progress on shared objectives. You will thrive in a fast paced and agile environment and be experienced in dealing with a large number of diverse stakeholders.

The successful post holder will role-model continuous self-learning and development, whilst identifying areas individuals need to develop. Previous experience of project / task management within a commercial setting is important, as well as having an understanding of safety case approach i.e. HAZID/HAZOP/FMEA to support risk assessment and mitigation.

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.


Core discipline in naval architecture, marine engineering or equivalent technical specialism with proven experience of working with emerging technologies.


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

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace


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 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.

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.

The sift is due to take place on the 30th Oct 2020

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held on the 12th Nov 2020

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

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

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.

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Further Information

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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.

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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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