Marine Surveyor 'S' Level Policy Lead - Safety Management

Southampton, Hampshire
11 Jun 2021
20 Jun 2021
Full Time
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 passionate about maritime safety and seafarer welfare and are you looking for a role where you make a difference?
Does a role that role that offers variety with no two days being the same interest you?
Do you want an opportunity where you can develop and expand your knowledge?

Job description

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. The Directorate of UK Maritime Services inspect and survey ships to ensure that they are meeting both UK and international safety, security and anti-pollution rules. UK Maritime Services also provide certification to ships and seafarers, register vessels and respond to pollution from shipping and offshore installations.

The Safety Management and MLC/ISPS Branches are part of the UK Technical Services (Operations) Section of the Directorate of UK Maritime Services within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The Safety Management and ISPS/MLC Branches help to meet the Government's maritime strategy for 'Safer Ships and Cleaner Seas' by ensuring high standards of marine safety and marine environmental protection through the development, implementation and monitoring of a consistent policy for safety management, maritime labour and maritime security operations in respect of non UK flag vessels (including, but not limited to, Port State Control) and United Kingdom/Dependent and Overseas Territory vessels.

We’re looking for a Marine Surveyor (S Level) to act as ISM and MLC/ Security Policy Lead to join our team. You will assist the Heads of Safety Management and MLC/ISPS branches in the development, promotion, implementation and monitoring of UK Policy, whilst providing support to a variety of stake holders. You will promote the effective implementation of UK requirements.


The key responsibilities and accountabilities of the role involve:

• Representing the UK and providing technical support at internal and external meetings associated within areas of responsibility.
• Liaising with UKSR and newbuild operators, operators of vessels to be flagged in on ISM/ISPS/MLC issues and acting as the focal point for Customer Service Managers and lead surveyors as necessary.
• Managing the voluntary certification scheme for recruitment & placement agencies, including completion of audits.
• Act as lead for the development and maintenance of MCA Instructions to Surveyors.
• Managing the content of the MLD (Master List of Documents) within the branches responsibility.
• Working with the wider MCA, you will assist in development of new and existing policies and legislation for related subject areas.
• Developing and maintaining appropriate levels of technical competency.
• Applying a knowledge of MLC 2006 in the assessment of crew accommodation exemption request and arrange for issuance of the initial exemptions.
• Assisting in the arrangements for audits of UK ships, actively taking part in audits.
• Supporting the UKMS contribution to the MCA Business Plan activities and objectives.
• Ensuring all activities are in accordance with MCA service standards, procedures and work instructions.
• Responding to queries from ship owners, surveyors and other stakeholders in a timely and responsible manner.

About you:

You will come to us with the relevant qualifications and/or experience as outlined in the role profile. You are a self-starter who is proactive and always looking for ways to improve processes. You will need to provide advice and robust recommendations to colleagues and stakeholders, your exceptional engagement and relationship building skills enable you to communicate at all levels. You are looking for a role that will challenge you where you will learn new skills with continuous development opportunities.

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’.


The minimum academic qualification required is one of:

a. MCA Recognised STCW II/2 Master unlimited Certificate of Competency; or

b. MCA Recognised STCW III/2 Chief Engineer unlimited Certificate of Competency; or

c. Honours Degree in Naval Architecture, Ship Science, Marine Engineering, Mechanical and Marine Engineering or Marine Technology

d. Applicants without the qualifications stated in a, b or c above, may also be eligible if they are Chartered Engineer (C. Eng) (through Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) or the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)), but in such cases evidence of the equivalent level of learning plus marine industry experience will need to have be demonstrated to the satisfaction of an MCA S&I technical review panel.

In each of the above cases the stated qualifications need to be supported by 'sufficient experience' in a managerial role on board ship or in a technical capacity of responsibility within the maritime industry.

'Sufficient experience' means experience in working in the marine industry in a capacity that develops and broadens the knowledge gained at qualification over a minimum of 3 years and is unlikely to be achievable in a period of less than 5 years. Whilst this time period is not fixed, it provides a benchmark for the likely time period to gain the breadth of experiences in a variety of situations which underpins the work of a Marine Surveyor. It is expected that the marine industry experience is in a field closely related to the work of MCA Surveyors.


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

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Survey, Audit and Inspection processes for Domestic and International trading vessels - Surveyor Framework
  • Demonstrate a good level of knowledge relation to ISM/ISPS/MLC legislation and the related auditing practices for each area. - Surveyor Framework
  • Demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge regarding the construction, equipment, management and operation of commercial vessels - Surveyor Framework


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.

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

Things you need to know Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

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

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

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.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

Within your CV and personal statement please demonstrate:

• Your understanding of Survey, Audit and Inspection processes for Domestic and International trading vessels.
• Knowledge relation to ISM/ISPS/MLC legislation and the related auditing practices for each area, sighting your relevant experience.
• Technical knowledge regarding the construction, equipment, management and operation of commercial vessels

For this role we may assess the following behaviours:
• Working Together
• Delivering at Pace
• Changing and Improving
• Communicating and Influencing
• Seeing the Big Picture

The sift is due to take place w/c 21 June 2021

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 28th June 2021

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which 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 could include:
• an interview with one or more exercises

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

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

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

Further Information

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Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email [email protected] for assistance.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Doug Brown Email :   [email protected]   Recruitment team : Email :   [email protected] Further information

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