Vessel Policy Advisor

Southampton, Hampshire
27 Sep 2021
15 Oct 2021
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 a keen eye for detail?

Are you someone that effectively engages with stakeholders to maintain strong working relationships?

Can you organise your time effectively to meet tight deadlines?

If so, then we have an exciting opportunity for a driven individual be a part of the future regulation and safety of UK shipping. So please apply! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Job description

If successful your main responsibilities will be to take a proactive lead in managing and developing UK policy regulators, providing guidance for specific policy areas as directed by the Assistant Director Ship Standards and their Line Manager. Supporting the UK Government objectives for a safe and commercially successful UK fleet, drawing upon knowledge and also the technical expertise of colleagues.

You will deal with a range of stakeholders on a regular basis, including the UK Ship Registers, Surveyors, Lawyers and Parliamentary colleagues. Drafting high standard policy documents, ensuring they meet the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) regulations for specific policy areas.


Roles and Responsibilities

- Working with others in the team to manage Stakeholder Groups and represent MCA at such meetings as well as other meetings, working groups, project groups and external events as required in support of key responsibilities and the work of Stakeholder Groups

- Advising MCA's International Liaison Branch on the lines to take for negotiations of International safety standards; and provide necessary briefs and updates;

- Supported by Senior Colleagues lead on a specific Policy remit which may include one or more of: inland waterway vessels, high speed craft, small and domestic passenger ships, international passenger ships, dry cargo ships, small commercial vessels, large yachts, sail training ships, fishing vessels, pleasure craft, offshore industry vessels and specialised ship types

- Partaking in MCA and externally funded Research Projects as requested

For a more detailed description of the role, please see the attached role profile.

Additional Information

We are following government guidelines and currently working remotely, if successful you will be provided with IT equipment to carry out your duties remotely.

Once usual service resumes there will be some travel involved with this role, this will usually occur 2-3 times a year. This may include UK and overseas travel which may involve overnight stays and working outside of normal hours, potentially at weekends. A passport valid for international travel is required.

About you

To become successful in the role, you will need to be someone who has a keen eye for detail. You love to get into the 'nitty gritty' of a piece of data and resolve issues if they arise.

Excellent communication skills are pivotal to this role with the ability to provide guidance and robust recommendations to internal stakeholders, where your exceptional stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels.

We are seeking someone who can organise their time effectively, you are someone who can priorities their work and manage deadlines efficiently.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Policy - Level 2 1.1 Analysis and use of evidence – Knowledge of Policy Making in your Policy Area


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, Strengths, 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.

How to apply

Please provide us with a CV and a Personal statement, for your CV please tailor this to the role.

For your Personal statement, please outline the following:

- Your experience of drafting/creating top quality work and presenting this to stakeholders.
- Your experience engaging with stakeholders regularly, you should include how you maintained a strong working relationship.
- Your experience of delivering a piece of work to a tight deadline, you should include how you prioritised your work to meet deadlines.

Sift and Interview

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 18th October 2021.

Interview/assessment will be held week commencing 1st November 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 and a presentation

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 :   Peter Rollason 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, 395kB) Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB) Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 405kB) PolicyProfessionStandardsJan18 Opens in new window(pdf, 619kB)


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