Ship Standard Policy Lead - Emission Reduction and Air Quality

Southampton, Hampshire
23 Jul 2021
09 Aug 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.

Ship Standard Policy Lead – Emission Reduction and Air Quality

Salary: £38,654

Location: Southampton 

Reporting to: Future Propulsion and Fuel Safety Lead 

Would you like the opportunity to contribute and make a real impact to environmental policies for emission reductions?

Are you looking for a role with endless training opportunities, within an organisation that heavily invests in your development?

Would you love to be a part of an organisation that makes a real difference to people’s lives every day?

If so, we would love to hear from you! Job description

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are currently in search of two new Ship Standard Policy Leads to proactively manage and develop UK policy regulations and guidance within the Directorate of UK Maritime Services (UKMS). You will be the main focal point across the MCA, developing, negotiating and maintaining UK policies and regulations relating to a wide range of safety and environmental issues associated with ships and vessels of all sizes, from small pleasure vessels to the largest international trading ships.

You will provide great value to the MCA within this position, ensuring that the agency has an informed and balanced approach that meets the government’s obligations, industry needs and public expectations.

Role Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

• Leading the negotiation, development, implementation and management of policy and regulation.
• Represent the MCA and/or the UK at internal, external and international meetings/working groups.
• Providing a focal point role for industry and colleagues on matters regarding UK policy.
• Acting as policy lead for relevant international and domestic regulations.
• Supporting the UKMS contribution to the MCA business plan activities and objectives.
• Ensuring the MCAs vision and values are upheld in all aspects of work.

Please see the attached Role Profile for an in-depth view of the post


About You

To thrive in this role, you will demonstrate a good knowledge of regulatory frameworks in the maritime sector. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to apply scientific and technical knowledge within your role, drawing on your relevant experience in either maritime engineering, naval architecture, maritime operations, risk/safety engineering or previous seafaring experience.

We would love to hear from individual’s adept at building strong working relationships, demonstrating both first class written and oral communication qualities. This will ideally be coupled with a proven experience in drafting high standard submissions and other policy documents for key stakeholders. This role will expect applicants to possess well developed IT skills, particularly the use of MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

We are committed to encouraging and enabling our staff to develop in and above their role and will support you through further development opportunities/qualifications.


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

Technical skills

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

  • Policy Framework: Compile, assimilate, distil, interpret and present a strong evidence base from a wide range of types of evidence and opinions to form a sound and compelling base to inform coherent policy making (Level 2)
  • Science & Engineering Framework: Applying scientific and technical knowledge (Level 2)
  • Science & Engineering Framework: Understanding and complying with statutory requirements and standards (Level 2)


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

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, Experience and Technical skills.

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 asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

To apply for this role, you will need to provide detailed evidence of your knowledge and experience of the following sift criteria within your CV and Personal Statement:

• Ability to apply scientific and technical knowledge, drawing on their relevant experience in either, marine engineering, naval architecture, maritime operations, risk or safety engineering, or previous seafaring experience.
• Experience of working in a regulatory role within the maritime sector.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and proven ability to draft high standard submissions and other policy documents.
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience in use of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and emails.

The sift is due to take place from 10th August 2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held week commencing 23rd August 2021.

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.

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 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

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

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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 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 :   Carolina Dopico-Gonzalez 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 20210706 Ship Standard Policy Lead - Role Profile Opens in new window(pdf, 142kB) Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 405kB) Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB)

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