Assistant Director – Survey and Inspection (South)

Salary: ££66,863 + £6,000 Allowance

Employment Type: Grade 6 Surveyor; Permanent

Location: National

Closing Date: 16th September 2021

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.

Reporting to: Director – UK Maritime Services
Are you looking for a role that allows you to make a real strategic difference?
Do you thrive in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment?
Would you love to be a part of an organisation that affects millions of people’s lives every day?
If so, we would love to hear from you!

Job description
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are currently in search of a new Assistant Director to lead and shape their Southern based Survey & Inspection Team. You will be responsible and accountable for the direction and management of MCA’s survey and inspection operational business activities across the Southern Area of the UK (Colchester, Southampton & Dover, Cardiff and Plymouth & Falmouth).
This is a fantastic time to be joining the MCA, as we come into the final stages of what has been a widespread transformation across the agency that has lasted over 2 years. You will experience first-hand the changes that have been made and directly participate in the clear direction in which the MCA are looking to go.

Roles Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
• Managing MCA’s survey and inspection operational business activities across Southern UK.
• Line management of 8 direct reports across the Southern Survey and Inspection region.
• Ensuring operational effectiveness and efficiency within the South Area, ensuring that ships and seafarers meet UK maritime regularly requirements.
• Working in close collaboration with the Assistant Director – Technical Services (Operations) to promote and implement consistency across the survey, inspection and audit regimes.
• Ensuring Survey & Inspection (South) finances and resources are properly managed and within budget.
Please see the attached Role Profile for an in-depth view of the post.
This role can be based from most MCA branch locations across the UK dependent on workspace availability. Flexible working arrangements, such as remote working, may be available however you would be expected to attend the allocated office when required.

About You
To thrive in this role, you will hold experience working at a strategic level, demonstrating a background in the maritime sector at a senior management level. You will possess excellent knowledge of UK & International Port State Control policies and regimes, combined with a sound understanding of Survey and Inspection activities.We would love to hear from individuals who hold an in-depth knowledge of international maritime conventions, UK merchant shipping legislation and maritime policy. This will be coupled with extensive knowledge of safety management and its impact on ship safety and security.
We are keen to hear from applicants with well-developed interpersonal, oral, presentational and written communication skills, combined with the ability to influence and persuade technical stakeholders.
We are committed to encouraging and enabling our staff to develop in and above their role and will support you through further development opportunities/qualifications

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

Making Effective Decisions
Communicating and Influencing
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.
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 and Experience.
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.
To apply for this role, you will need to provide detailed evidence of your knowledge and experience of the following sift criteria within your CV and Personal Statement:
• Knowledge of UK & International Port State Control policies and regimes
• A sound understanding of Survey and Inspection activities
• Knowledge of international maritime conventions, UK Merchant Shipping Legislation & maritime policy
• Knowledge of safety management and its impact on ship safety and security

The sift is due to take place from 17th September 2021.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held WC 27th September 2021.

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.
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.
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

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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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 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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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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