Assistant Investigator - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
16 Jul 2021
27 Jul 2021
Full Time
Contract Type



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.

Do you have strong investigation skills and are looking for a role where you can develop, grow and hone on these skills?

Are you highly organised and able to prioritise your work to achieve outcomes?

Would you like the opportunity to work in fast paced environment where no two days are the same?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Investigator to join us at the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and we would love to hear from you! Job description

Support of the Enforcement of the Merchant Shipping Act and other Maritime legislation. Ensures that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is effective in regulating UK ships and seafarers and foreign vessels when in UK waters by investigating and when appropriate prosecuting offenders in support of MCA aims.

As an Assistant Investigator you will support the Regulatory Compliance Investigations Team assisting with the investigation of significant breaches committed against maritime legislation, including the prosecution of offenders when such action has been authorised. To maintain and where necessary raise the profile of the MCA as the UK Maritime Authority and to assist the Maritime Investigations Manager in meeting the overall aims of the department.


Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

· Assisting in investigations by undertaking a wide range of tasks under the direction of supervisor/ line manager
· Assisting in interviewing of suspects under caution
· Assisting in the completion of criminal files of evidence by undertaking allocated tasks
· Providing assistance to the Regulatory Compliance Investigations Team by obtaining statements of evidence for criminal investigation
· Assisting in the examination, preservation and continuity of evidence and exhibits such as CCTV recovered during an investigation in accordance with procedure
· Submitting accurate reports into intelligence systems
· Liaising with a range of agencies in relation to the gathering of evidence
· Ensuring material is identified and recorded in accordance with CPIA
· Discussing cases with supervisors and provide information to assist in disposal decisions
· Attending Court and give evidence as require
· Contributing as necessary to Enforcement Policy and Procedures

For further information, please see the attached Role Profile.

About you

You will come to us with excellent investigative skills, you will be looking for a role where you can focus your interest within the Maritime industry.

You will be a team player who has fantastic interpersonal skills. Your confident approach allows you to deal with challenging situations, where you tailor your approach according to your audience.

You are organised and can demonstrate good IT skills which enable you to navigate Microsoft office, particularly Excel and MS Teams. You can effectively present complex information in a variety of ways, verbally and electronically to suit the audience. You will have the ability to work in a demanding and complex environment with changing priorities.

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.

Additional information

There will be requirements for you to travel within the UK and Europe which could include overnight stays, but you will be notified in advance.


Full UK driving licence


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

  • 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.

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.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Within your CV and Personal statement please demonstrate your knowledge and experience of:

• Experience of conducting criminal investigations, leading suspect and witness interviews, whilst complying with PACE and CPIA
• Experience of preparing case papers for court, providing your recommendations in a clear and concise manner, and giving your evidence in court
• When you have used effective organisational skills to plan and organise a heavy workload and managed conflicting priorities and any challenges you faced
• Experience of Microsoft Office Skills

The sift is due to take place 28th-30th July 2021.

Interviews will likely be held 12th & 13th August 2021.

This interview will 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 could include:

• an interview with one or more 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.

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 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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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 :   Paula Evans 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

Attachments Role Profile Opens in new window(pdf, 1897kB) Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB) Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 405kB)

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