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HR Resourcing Advisor

Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

Job Details

Job summary

Are you looking for the next step in your career?

Would you like the brilliant opportunity to have a fascinating role which will cover all aspects of resourcing?

Do you enjoy interacting with a wide range of stakeholders?

If so, we would like you to apply for our HR Resourcing Advisor role!

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 a world-leading organisation, accelerating the transition to sustainable shipping with non-negotiable safety standards. We put our people, our customers and our planet at the heart of everything we do.

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.

Job description

As our HR Resourcing Advisor you will work with our business and vacancy holders to provide support and guidance for all resourcing needs.

Working closely with your HRBP, you will become the point of contact for your for specific directorates of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, building relationships with the business and promoting engagement to ensure that all resourcing activities remain compliant.

You will work alongside the other members of the resourcing team to help provide team resilience and ensure that vacancies are compliant and run smoothly.

As part of the role you will be responsible for managing and leading the HR Resourcing Assistant, where you will guide and mentor them to provide an excellent service to our stakeholders.

With a focus on inclusion, improving diversity and a great candidate journey, you would be expected to continuously develop your skills and knowledge to enable the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to be at the forefront of candidate attraction.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a team who are dedicated to supporting those saving lives and setting the standard for the shipping industry. You will become an integral part of attracting, sourcing and retaining the right talent into our organisation.

The role may require travel to other MCA locations to attend interviews and meetings, this may require overnight stays.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing guidance and support on all aspects of resourcing.
  • Ensuring that all resourcing services provided across the MCA are consistent and in line with team strategic goals.
  • Create and deliver training on all aspects of resourcing as required by the business.
  • Attend training, webinars and connect with industry peers to learn and share best practice.
  • Meeting and liaising regularly with internal and external stakeholders whilst maintaining strong relationships.
  • Work closely with the MCA Marketing Executives, to design and review content for MCA social media plans regarding recruitment.

For further information, please refer to the role profile attached.

Person specification

About you

You will have demonstrable experience of working in a fast-paced environment, providing advice and delivering a high-quality service in a HR, recruitment, account management or equivalent environment.

You will need previous experience in guiding and advising internal and external stakeholders, promoting engagement and building effective working relationships.

We will look to you to be a point of contact so excellent communication skills are key. You will be well organised with the ability to effectively manage shifting priorities.

Experience using Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, OneNote and Forms is a requirement.

Additional Information

Unless operational requirements for specific location and availability:

This role will be based in the Southampton HQ (or relevant office). 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.

The expectation is that you will spend a minimum 60% of your working time based at your principal workplace or out on official business. Details of the arrangement will be discussed further with your line manager.

DfT workplace attendance expectations were updated in recruitment campaigns on 17 November 2023.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Leadership


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.

Click here to get a copy of the MCA Staff Benefits Brochure

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window) , and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

How to Apply

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.

CV and Personal Statement:

Within your CV and personal statement please demonstrate your knowledge and experience of:
  • Working in a fast-paced environment, providing advice and delivering a high-quality service in a HR, recruitment, account management or equivalent environment.
  • Guiding and advising internal and external stakeholders.
  • Using communication skills and organisational skills to effectively manage shifting priorities.
  • Using Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, OneNote and Form.

Your personal statement will be limited to a maximum of 1000 words.

It is essential when submitting your personal statement that you provide as much detail as possible, and utilise the full word count given, against the essential criteria outlined above as this will be used in conjunction with your CV to assess candidate suitability to move to the next round in the recruitment process.

The sift is due to take place on 30th November and 1st December 2023.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 11th December 2023.

This interview could be conducted online via Teams or face to face at one of our offices. Further details 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 will include:
  • An interview.
  • A presentation.

You're encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Reasonable Adjustments

As a Disability Confident Leader employer, we are committed to ensuring that the recruitment process is fair, accessible and allows all candidates to perform at their best. If a person with a visible or non-visible disability is substantially disadvantaged, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

Complete the Assistance required section in the Additional requirements page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need during the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at an interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you need a reasonable adjustment so that you can complete your application, you should contact Government Recruitment Service via . as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Document Accessibility

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

This job advert contains links to the DfT Careers website . Our website provides useful guidance and information that can support you during the application process. If you cannot access the information on our website for any reason, please email . for assistance.

Further Information

For more information about how we hire, and for useful tips on submitting your application for this role, visit the How We Hire page of our DfT Careers website. You can find detailed information about the recruitment process and what to expect when applying for a role.

Pre-employment Checking

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5-year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window) .

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.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an executive agency of the United Kingdom working to prevent the loss of lives at sea and is responsible for implementing British and international maritime law and safety policy. It is also responsible for land based search and rescue helicopter operations from 2015.

Its responsibilities include coordinating search and rescue (SAR) on the coastline and at sea through His Majesty's Coastguard (HMCG), ensuring that ships meet international and UK safety standards, monitoring and preventing coastal water pollution and testing and issuing Merchant Navy Certificates of Competency (licences) for ships' officers and crew to STCW requirements The organisation is led by Virginia McVea, its Chief Executive, who took up post in February 2023.The MCA are chiefly responsible for the syllabus and national training standards issued by the Merchant Navy Training Board (based at the UK Chamber of Shipping).

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