Deputy Receiver of Wreck - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£25,638 - £26,382
03 Dec 2019
17 Dec 2019
Contract Type


Southampton, South East, SO15 1EG

About the job

Do you have exceptional interpersonal skills and enjoy a varied workload?

Would you like an opportunity to represent the UK and gain valuable experience of wreck and salvage in a busy office where no two days are the same?

If so, we have a rare opportunity for a Deputy Receiver of Wreck to join us at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), and we’d love to hear from you.

Job description

You will be taking an active role in all aspects of the Receiver of Wreck’s (RoW) work and statutory duties. You will be assisting in all areas of administration relating to matters of wreck and salvage within UK waters and respond to incidents involving wreck and salvage throughout the UK.

You will lead in the enforcement of relevant legislation, including in the investigation and prosecution process, gathering of evidence, the preparation of material for court and providing evidence in court.

The role also involves education and outreach, representing and highlighting the requirements of wreck and salvage law in a variety of public and Government fora, including public speaking at conferences and other events.


Your duties will include:
• taking a leading role in the formulation of policy and development of strategic direction of the RoW and wider Government policy in related fields
• acting as a focal point for RoW enforcement work throughout the legal process, including attending the execution of search warrants, writing statements and giving evidence in court
• taking a leading role in operational response to maritime casualties and managing wreck incidents
• Manging all aspects of official reports of wreck and salvage, including decision-making in relation to legal ownership
• Providing operational, technical and legal advice on the removal and disposal of Royal Fish in the UK to local authorities and contractors, working alongside the Cetacean Stranding’s Investigation Project (CSIP), Coastguards and the MCA Press Office
• Acting as a role model for the Assistant RoW secondees, providing all line management responsibilities and support

There will be some evening/weekend work and travel and overnight stays within the UK and, very occasionally, internationally. Please see the attached Role Profile for more detailed information about the role and responsibilities.

About you

We are looking for someone who has exceptional interpersonal skills and experience of providing a quality customer service to members of the public. With excellent written and oral communication skills and can tailor your messages to suit your audience. You will also have experience of working with case management or problem solving and providing solutions.

You can demonstrate strong influencing skills and confidently engage with internal and external partners. You are resilient and apply a flexible working approach to accommodate short notice travel or incidents. You are also a confident IT user with experience of using Excel and working with spreadsheets.

You will also have experience or an understanding of wreck and salvage legislation and issues, legislation that impacts maritime heritage management, or the concerns of recreational diving community or commercial salvors, or be prepared to quickly gain knowledge in these areas.

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.

Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas.

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

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.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service


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.

Things you need to know Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

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

How to apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement.
When considering your experience, please tailor your CV and Personal statement to provide evidence of when you have;
• Provided a quality customer service to members of the public
• Effectively used negotiating and influencing skills
• Effectively engaged with media/delivered training or public speaking
• Worked with case management or problem solving and provided recommendations/solutions

Sift and interview details

The sift is due to take place 19/12/2019.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held between 06/01/2020 and 10/01/2020 at Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG.

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
• 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.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record 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.

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’.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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 [email protected] 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

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: [email protected]

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

Childcare Vouchers

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

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.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Camilla Moore Email :   [email protected]   Recruitment team : Email :   [email protected] 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: [email protected] 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

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