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Future Propulsion and Fuel Safety Team Leader

Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Job summary

Do you have a scientific, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) background?

Are you interested and keen to contribute to the climate change debate, to effect real world change to help shipping meet its greenhouse gas and carbon reduction commitments?

Could you ensure the timely introduction of regulatory provisions for the innovative solutions shipping needs to contribute to global emission reduction targets?

Would you love to represent the MCA at various internal, external and international meetings and working groups in order to provide input to and drive change within the shipping industry?

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

We have an exciting opportunity for a proactive individual to join us within the UK Maritime Services (UKMS) directorate as the Future Propulsion and Fuel Safety Team Leader.

The Future Propulsion & Fuel Safety team is responsible for the technical policies around the development and use of new and innovative fuels and propulsion systems that the maritime industry may adopt to address the challenges of Greenhouse Gas reductions within the sector.

The successful applicant will use their technical expertise and knowledge to lead, manage and work with their team, to develop and maintain UK policies and regulations relevant to Future Propulsion and Fuel Safety to ensure the UK maintains its position at the forefront of fuels and propulsion technologies regulation, in support of UK Government objectives for a safe and commercially successful UK fleet.

The Future Propulsion and Fuel Safety Team Leader will be the focal point for liaison with stakeholders such as other gov departments and industry representatives, to ensure the MCA has an informed and balanced approach in this area. They will also support the delivery of the wider remit of Ship Standards across the safety and environmental portfolio.

The role holder will have line management responsibility for two Policy Officials, overseeing their areas of work and providing the strategic direction of the team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to take a leading role in this area of industry, drive forward change and be at the forefront of the UK's policy and regulation in relation to greenhouse gas and emissions reduction. This is a rewarding role with involvement on national and international stages, representing the UK in key discussions with the aim of creating positive environmental outcomes which support the continued growth of alternative fuels and novel technologies.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Actively engaging in, and where appropriate leading, the negotiation, development, implementation and management of policy and regulation in order to maintain and further develop a safety-focused, consistent and proportionate regulatory framework for merchant ships in the UK, in particular where this relates to policies around future propulsion and fuel safety.
  • Representing the MCA, and/or the UK, at internal, external and international meetings and working groups (, International Maritime Organization (IMO), Department for Transport (DfT) etc.) associated with their areas of responsibility, including the drafting and presentation of substantive papers where necessary and to offer guidance and support to their team in the development of such documents.
  • Horizon scanning to develop and maintain an awareness of the national and international political and policy context of the subject area through discussion and liaison with key stakeholders, for example, internal and external government colleagues, industry, Non-Government Organisations, Red Ensign Group, other governments etc.
  • Maintaining and developing own levels of technical competency, accreditation (if appropriate) and industry insight to ensure ability to keep pace with industry developments and to ensure that their team maintains their levels of technical competence. Ensuring that self and team can address technical and policy questions, especially those related to policies covered by Future Propulsion and Fuel Safety raised both internally and externally, and provide advice to senior managers in the MCA, DfT, other government departments and Ministers.

Person specification

About you

We are looking to be joined by someone who has a scientific, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) background and experience working in a relevant sector as detailed in the role profile.

You will be focused and able to work with autonomy, managing your time appropriately. You are able to juggle multiple priorities remaining unfazed by numerous competing or changing tasks.

You have first-class communication skills and a proven ability to research and draft high quality documents using a range of media.

You have strong leadership capabilities, able to motivate a team to ensure that all strategic objectives are met.

Excellent collaboration, stakeholder and relationship management skills are a must for this role and you are able to quickly build rapport with others in-order-to successfully negotiate and influence.

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.

There may be a requirement for travel on official duty within the UK and overseas or offshore, which may involve overnight stays away from home and working outside of normal hours, potentially at weekends. An unrestricted passport valid for international travel is required.


An unrestricted passport valid for international travel is required.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • 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.

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 your application, you will be required to complete a CV and a Personal Statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please provide a CV outlining your career history, and the key responsibilities you had in each of your roles.

Within your CV and personal statement please provide details of your:
  • Scientific, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) background.
  • Experience of working within a relevant sector, which may include policy or maritime or environment or climate change or marine technology or green technology or engineering or scientific research or similar
  • Experience of utilising excellent written and oral communication skills and proven ability to research and draft high quality documents, using a range of media.

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.

Sift and Interview Dates

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

Interviews are due to take place from w/c 11 December 2023.

This interview will be conducted via face at one of our Southampton office. 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.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website .

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.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window) .

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window) .

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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