Maritime Operations Officer - Flexible Working Available

Location
Aberdeenshire
Salary
£21,591
Posted
11 May 2021
Closes
23 May 2021
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

Location

Aberdeen, Dover, Falmouth, NMOC at Fareham, Lerwick - Shetlands

About the job 

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.

Are you an efficient communicator who can stay calm and professional in a pressurised environment?

Would you like to join a team that makes a difference with every call?

Can you help us provide a vital service to the public and seafarers when they need it most?

We need dedicated and dynamic people to join us here at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and we'd love to hear from you.

Job description

You will play an integral role in coordinating emergency responses to incidents relating to Coastguard missions, gathering and analysing information to inform operational plans and enable delivery. You will also provide essential maritime safety advice to the mariner, coastal users and our partner organisations.

This is a challenging but rewarding role that would requires resilience and working calmly under pressure, sometimes in stressful and emotional situations.

Want to know more? Watch this video to find out what our Maritime Operations Officers have to say about working with the MCA -

Responsibilities

Your duties will include:

• Answering emergency calls (including 999) - bringing together information, participating in analysis and planning, managing and directing incident response and resources, providing support to partner organisations, and advising and informing others involved in an incident
• Receiving, assessing and responding to reports concerning wrecks and debris (flotsam, jetsam, lagan and fishes royal)
• Assisting in the preparedness and response to major emergencies through the maintenance and verification of appropriate records, databases and plans
• Receiving alerts and related information regarding Maritime Security, assessing the information and passing it to the most appropriate authority while updating databases
• Providing maritime safety information, safety advice and maritime information, such as tides and weather, navigational risks, safety advice and procedures
• Monitoring vessel movements through the Vehicle Traffic Management Systems, identifying anomalies, intervening and responding to them, providing information and advice to vessels and incident response and reporting

We provide a 24/7 emergency service provision, so you will work within a rotating shift system.

Important note: locations and vacancies

If you are successful at interview for your preferred location and there are no positions available you will be placed on a merit list for 12 months and may be offered a position if one becomes available.

About you

You are resilient, reliable and able to work calmly in a busy operational environment. You can use your initiative and professional judgement to achieve the best outcomes in difficult situations.

You have excellent communication skills, with a professional telephone manner and the ability to listen and question well. You are well-organised, with good administration skills, and strong attention to detail.

We are looking to recruit people who want to develop and grow with us, and in return we can offer a full training programme and ongoing support to enable you to become the very best in Maritime Operations.

Please note this role is subject to health standard requirements as per the attached document.

About Operational Delivery Profession (ODP)

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’.

Behaviours

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

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

Benefits

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

Allowances

Allowances total £5,000 (Night working - £2,000, Rotating shift - £2,000, Public holidays & weekend working - £1,000).
These are pro-rata for part time.

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.

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

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

The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.

After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Numerical and Verbal test. If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours of the closing date is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55 on 23/05/2021. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

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

Please tailor your CV and statement of suitability to showcase your previous experience. Your statement of suitability should demonstrate your initiative and professional judgement to achieve the best outcomes in difficult situations and how you have used your communication, administration and attention to detail skills in this situation.

The sift is due to take place week commencing 24th May 2021.

Interview/assessment will be held week commencing 14th June 2021.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

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 will include:

• an interview and one or more exercises (such as a technical written assessment, type test, or assessments that test your abilities)

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.

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

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

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

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   MCA HR Resourcing Email :   HR.Resourcing@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