Coastal Operations Area Commander

Liverpool, Merseyside
05 Jul 2022
17 Jul 2022
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.

Are you an inspiring leader with experience of managing operational teams in a response environment?

Would you describe yourself as self-motivated, organised and approachable?

Do you want to manage a dedicated, dynamic team of life savers - where your job REALLY matters?

If so, we'd love to hear from you!

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea.

Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas.

Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Job description

HM Coastguard (HMCG) is the operational arm of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency with responsibility for six key functions: Search and Rescue, Pollution Response, Vessel Traffic Management, Maritime Safety, Maritime Security and Emergency and Disaster Management.

There are three delivery disciplines within HM Coastguard: Maritime Operations and Aviation Operations, which coordinate activities from an operations room environment, and; Coastal Operations, which manages resources and service provision on the coast.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Coastal Operations group as a Coastal Operations Area Commander, where you will use your exceptional management skills to lead our team of dedicated Officers and Volunteers.

Based in Aberdeen, the successful applicant will lead and manage Coastal Operation personnel, equipment, vehicles and estates from Applecross to Leven.

Using your excellent interpersonal skills, you will ensure that your teams are fully trained and have the necessary tools and equipment to carry out their vitally important roles of saving lives at sea and on the coast; ensuring the economical use of budget.

The Coastal Operations Area Commander will collaborate with a variety of stakeholders from Coastguard rescue staff and volunteers to other emergency services and partners within the resilience world, weighing up risks and making effective decisions to deploy and direct resources to meet operational response needs.

This is a unique and varied role which brings with it a great deal of autonomy. It is a physically challenging and rewarding role, where you will directly contribute to saving lives and really making a difference.

This role is permanent, with the role holder required to work shifts 24/7 within an overall national staffing system, including weekends and public holidays.

MCA supports flexible working and operates a hybrid working model between home and office for this role, giving you greater flexibility over where and when you work. Details of the arrangement will be discussed further with your line manager.

There may be a requirement for occasional travel to attend formal training events and this may require spending time away from home and the normal workplace. A full driving licence valid for driving in the UK is required.

Candidates must not have been dismissed by the MCA within the past 24 months for failure to pass the required training for operational posts within HM COASTGUARD.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Leading, participating or supporting assurance and investigation teams.

• Recruiting, managing, training, supporting, coaching and mentoring full time officers.

• Reporting to the Coastal Operations Divisional Commander, ensuring compliance with all governance requirements within their Area, including management of the Area budget.

• Leading, managing, and supervising volunteers within the Coastal Operational Area.

• Identifying, planning, resourcing and verifying the training need (Staff and Volunteers) within the Coastal Operational Area. Maintaining practitioner and instructor level skills in order to support, deliver and verify operations, training, and exercises.

For an in-depth insight into the role, please refer to the Role Profile attached to this advert.

About You
We are looking to be joined by an enthusiastic and motivated individual who has previous budget management experience and a background in managing operational teams in a response environment with the ability to engage and inspire a variety of Officers and Volunteers.

You will be someone who enjoys a physical challenge whilst organising and taking the lead in situations to ensure your team achieves successful outcomes.

Calm under pressure, you are resilient and able to see the bigger picture when making decisions and manage multiple workloads whilst coordinating teams to deliver effective Search and Rescue responses.

Your confidence and passion for collaboration will enable you to build positive relationships - engaging with a variety of partners, from training providers to the general-public.

You will come to us with experience of overseeing and delivering training and are keen to support others in their development as well as being eager to learn and develop your own knowledge and skills, willing to undertake appropriate Coastguard training as well as training to gain a teaching or training qualification to level 3 or above, of the Regulated Qualifications Framework once in post.

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.


A full driving licence valid for driving in the UK.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • 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.

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