Marine Surveyor 'S' Level - Engineer, Naval Architect, Nautical, and Ship disciplines

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
£42,105 - £50,719 plus £3,500 allowance during initial training
14 Jun 2019
14 Jul 2019
Full Time
Contract Type


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About the job Job description

Are you an experienced Maritime Professional looking for a challenging and rewarding experience to further your career? Do you have the passion, experience and expertise to help create safer and cleaner seas in the UK and abroad? 

This is your opportunity to join a dynamic team who are all working towards making a difference to maritime safety, and we’d love to hear from you. 

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) aims to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world. We are looking for experienced and capable Marine Surveyors to help us achieve our vision - Safer lives, safer ships, cleaner seas. 

About the role 

No two days are the same for our Marine Surveyors. You will inspect, audit and survey ships and maritime ship operators to ensure UK and International Regulations are being met, delivering exceptional customer service alongside experienced colleagues. 

We have a number or Marine Surveyor positions available in the Engineer, Naval Architect, Nautical and Ship Surveyor disciplines. Please see the Role Profiles attached below for further information about the responsibilities associated with each role. 

We want our Marine Surveyors to be the very best. In return we offer full training, a competitive package which includes flexible working patterns and attractive remuneration, and ongoing support to develop a rewarding career that makes a difference and saves lives. 

Does this sound like you? 

You are an experienced Maritime Professional who holds the relevant qualifications (as outlined in the Role Profiles attached below). You have proven customer service skills and can make quick, effective decisions, that are always focused on achieving the best outcomes. You are resilient, flexible and able to manage a varied workload with competing priorities. You have excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively build relationships with a variety of stakeholders across different cultures and industries. If you see yourself in this way, we really want to hear from you. 

About us 

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. 

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency 

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions. 

Important information 

You will operate to a flexible working pattern consisting of an average of 37 hours per week. On occasion, there will be a requirement to work outside of ‘normal hours’. 

You will be required to work and travel on official duty within the UK and short term visits overseas or offshore, which may involve overnight stays away from home.


A full driving licence for driving in the UK and a passport valid for international travel are required. 

Due to the nature of the role, you will also be required to undergo a Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC). Gaining CTC Clearance will normally require you to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years, and only candidates who meet this requirement will be considered for the role.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Surveyor Technical Framework - Underpinning competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989)
  • Surveyor Technical Framework - General competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989)
  • Surveyor Technical Framework - Specific competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989)

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


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.


Whilst you complete your training, you will receive a starting salary of £45,605. This equates to £42,105 basic salary and £3,500 allowances for the initial training period (additional allowances are obtainable and will be dependent on certain individual qualifying criteria). 

Your basic salary will increase to £44,105 after you successfully complete your first years training and allowances will increase to up to £12,000, in line with the “Surveyor Allowances” document, attached below.

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.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

The first stage is to apply online. When completing your short online application, you will be prompted to attach a completed Qualification Questionnaire, which is attached at the bottom of this advert. 

The Qualification Questionnaire asks you questions about your qualifications, experience and residency status and must be attached for your application to be considered. Please do not attach copies of your CV, certificates or any other documents that can be used to identify you. Failure to follow these instructions may result in your application being rejected. 

If your application meets the requirements of the role, you will then be invited to a short initial video interview, where we will assess your experience and technical knowledge. Further information will be provided if you are invited to online interview. 

If you are successful at the video interview you will then be invited to attend a final interview at one of our Marine Offices in the UK. 

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 

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 please click here 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 

• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

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

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants

For further information about this vacancy please contact

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 19.07.2019. 

Online interviews are likely to be held between 29.07.2019 and 07.08.2019. 

Final interviews/assessments are likely to be held between 19.08.2019 and 30.08.2019. 

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. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out. 

Further information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs 

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

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. 

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 

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.