HM Coastguard Boat Manager and Coxswain

Employment Type: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Location: Southampton

Closing Date: 22nd November 2020

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 a skipper with experience of Search and Rescue looking for your next challenge?
Can you ensure the integrity of our vessels and safety of our personnel on and off the water?

If so, we have an opportunity for a dedicated Boat Manager and Coxswain to join us at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and we’d love to hear from you.

Job description
HM Coastguard (HMCG) is the operational arm of the MCA, and we prevent the loss of life at sea and on the coast in the UK. As Boat Manager and Coxswain, you will take ownership of the management and maintenance of the HMCG cutter and RHIB which are used to train coastguard operational staff. By ensuring that the vessels are maintained the highest operational and safety standards, and acting as the coxswain to facilitate training activities, you will play a key role in preparing our operational staff to continue making a difference to hundreds of people every day.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• safe and efficient day to day running and pilotage and navigation of the vessels
• record keeping and maintenance of logs on-board the vessels, including boats log, crew and passenger lists, defects list and maintenance log
• ensuring vessels are compliant with appropriate code requirements at all times and are maintained to a high standard both mechanically and cosmetically
• developing and implementing a budgeted maintenance schedule, ensuring all safety critical and routine work is completed within budget and agreed timescales
• facilitating training interventions for HMCG staff, ensuring that they are run within the safe operating practices of the vessels
• pre- and post-use checks of all equipment and machinery and the ongoing monitoring to ensure safety and efficiency
• ensuring all appropriate equipment is serviced in line with manufacturers guidelines to ensure operational readiness at all times

About you
We are looking for an experienced skipper who has experience of search and rescue and a good understanding of HMCG and its responsibilities. You will bring experience of providing efficient and diligent boat management and maintenance, including running maintenance schedules and planning for and implementing maintenance budgets.

You are well organised, can plan ahead, and have strong attention to detail. You enjoy working under your own initiative as well as part of a team, and will be confident taking ownership for the safety and integrity of our vessels and personnel.

You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills allowing you to engage with and build strong, lasting working relationships with internal and external colleagues and delivery partners at all levels.

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’.

A full UK driving licence.

- Recognised practical skippers qualification in motor boats equivalent to an RYA Yachtmaster (commercially endorsed) and Advanced Powerboat Certificate (commercially endorsed).
– Marine Radio Operators Certificate
– Radar Operators Certificate
– Recognised First Aid or Casualty Care qualification

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Managing a Quality Service
Communicating and Influencing
Making Effective Decisions
Working Together
Technical skills
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Coastguard Technical Framework - MCA Organisation - Level 3
Coastguard Technical Framework - Operational Communications - Level 3

Being part of the 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 pass a disclosure and barring security check.
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.

You will be asked to complete an online CV and Statement of Suitability as part of your application.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Statement of Suitability to demonstrate:
- practical skippers experience and track record of boat maintenance and running maintenance schedules
- experience of managing a maintenance budget
- experience in search and rescue and knowledge of HMCG, its responsibilities and operations
- strong stakeholder management and establishing professional working relationships with internal and external colleagues and stakeholders

The sift is due to take place week commencing 23rd November 2020.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held week commencing 7th December 2020.

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 will 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.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name: Pete Summers
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