Principal Marine Surveyor

20 Sep 2021
10 Oct 2021
Contract Type


Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 5EZ : Bangor, Northern Ireland, BT20 5ED : Cardiff, Wales, CF24 5JW : Colchester, Eastern, CO2 9BY : Beverley, Yorkshire and the Humber, HU17 9JB : Crosby, North West, L23 8SY : South Shields, North East, NE34 6ET : Paisley, Scotland, PA3 2RB : Plymouth, South West, PL1 4RW : Southampton, South East, SO15 1EG : Falmouth, South West, TR11 4WZ

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 experienced Marine Surveyor?

Would you like the opportunity to put your skills to use in contributing to maritime safety?

Do you have a keen eye for detail?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Job description

By working as a Mentor/Coach to MCA Surveyors within the Marine Office as directed by the Technical Manager (TM), you will ensure that the skill and capability profiles for all post-holders and the Marine Surveyors in your line management chain are maintained to match the survey/inspection/audit work being allocated.


Within your role you will:
• act as direct line manager for Marine Surveyors within the Marine Office, identifying training/development needs and the setting of challenging and relevant objectives aligned to the MCA Business Plan and to the annual activities that the Divisional Area must achieve
• provide advice to industry and public in accordance with MCA policies in accordance with requirements and responsibilities set between the Directorate of Maritime Safety and Standards (DMSS) and the Directorate of the United Kingdom Ship Register (DUKSR)
• contribute to the management, provision and delivery of a first-class quality survey and inspection service by the Marine Office to both customers and clients of the Agency's maritime services
• carry out inspections of ships and port installations which are deemed for the most part highly complex to ensure compliance with International Conventions, EU legislation and UK statutory requirements
• provide advice to industry and public in accordance with MCA policies, including as point of contact for technically related communications
• carry out safety management audits under the International Safety Management (ISM) code of ship operators and their vessels for ISM Document of Compliance (DOC) & ISM Safety Management Certificate (SMC)

If you would like to read more about the role, please refer to the attached role profile document.

About you -

As an experienced Marine Surveyor, you will be confident working autonomously with an excellent eye for detail enabling you to carry out detailed audits and inspections across ships and ports. You will have strong mentoring / coaching skills with the ability to identify training needs across your team. With strong written and verbal communication skills you will comfortably provide expert advice to industry and public in accordance with MCA policies.


We have positions ready to fill at our Marine Offices in Aberdeen, Belfast, Glasgow, Liverpool and Southampton. 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.

Important information regarding Vetting Checks

Due to Covid-19, there is less capacity to complete National Security Vetting checks. Vetting is being prioritised for staff either directly involved in the HMG Covid-19 Response or roles in a limited number of agreed high priority areas.

Therefore, in some instances, following successful BPSS pre-employment checks, the successful candidate may commence employment on the premise that NSV higher security checks will be conducted once normal service levels resume. Should NSV checks prove to be unsuccessful, an alternative role, not requiring NSV clearance, will be identified within the department.

If this is not possible the start date for some campaigns will need to be delayed until vetting has been completed.


Full Driving licence valid for driving in the UK is required


The minimum academic qualification required is one of:

- Engineer Surveyor: MCA Recognised STCW III/2 Chief Engineer unlimited Certificate of Competency
- Nautical Surveyor: MCA Recognised STCW II/2 Master unlimited Certificate of Competency
- Naval Architect: A degree accredited by RINA/SNAME as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer
- Ship Surveyor: An engineering degree accredited by IMarEST / IMechE as meeting the academic qualifications for Chartered Engineer

'MCA Recognised' means certificates issued by a country whose seafarer training is recognised by the UK. A list of those countries can found on our website at and search MCA CEC. (Those without UK issued STCW Certificates of Competency will need to complete UK LAP training at an early stage after entry).


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

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

  • Surveyor Technical Competencies for Marine Surveyor Development Scheme - Underpinning competencies - Level 4
  • Surveyor Technical Competencies for Marine Surveyor Development Scheme - General competencies - Level 4
  • Surveyor Technical Competencies for Marine Surveyor Development Scheme - Specific competencies - Level 4


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 total £12,000 (Flexible, Rotating Working Pattern - £3,000, Out of Hours Contactability/Deployability - £3,000, Remote Working - £1,000,
Location and Deployment Flexibility - £2,500, Operating in Hazardous Environments - £2,500). These are pro-rata for part time.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.

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.

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.

How to apply

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete an online CV and Statement of Suitability.

When completing your Statement of Suitability, please evidence the following:
- how you meet the requirements outlined in the “Essential minimum criteria” of the role profile
- when you have inspired others to meet a common goal/objective
- your experience of dealing with change in your work and/or implemented changes which added value

The sift is due to take place from 11th October 2021.
Interview/assessment will be held w/c 25th October 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.

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.

A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to obtaining employment.

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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Attachments Role Profile Opens in new window(pdf, 106kB) Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB) Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 405kB) surveyor_competencies_jul_16-3 Opens in new window(docx, 72kB)

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