Maritime Autonomy Engineering Lead

Employment Type: Grade 7

Location: Southampton

Closing Date: 27th October 2020

Job description
We are growing! Here at the Maritime and Coastguard agency we are developing a new and innovative team to cover key areas such as Decarbonisation and Autonomy - we are looking for forward thinking professionals to help build and develop this team to help create a better future.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has formed the Maritime Future Technologies team to drive forward and support implementation of cutting-edge innovation in both Emission Reduction and Autonomy in the Maritime sector. This new function that has been setup to enable the UK to lead the way in Maritime Emission Reduction and Autonomous Vessels by 2050.

To address the challenges in this sector the team aims to be dynamic, fast paced, and collaborative. Through an understanding and supportive approach, it will facilitate the implementation of trials and projects, support regulation updates and drive forward a much-needed change in industry.

Facilitating the implementation of projects in the short term on an individual basis. By acting as a focal point and connecting various stakeholders. Enabling it to become the interface between innovation in industry and regulatory/policy function.

Supporting regulatory change by learning from projects within the current regulatory framework and challenging the approach to maritime regulation.

Influencing to drive change and direction of industry through engagement, and informed opinion becoming an expert in the sector and making the connections between ideas and reality.

To ensure the UK is seen as a worldwide role model, at the heart of the global maritime autonomy industry and is proactive in driving the transition to zero emission shipping. Being agile enough to enable the UK to gain a significant share of the economic, environmental and health benefits associated with a technologically advanced and sustainable maritime industry.

This is an exciting time to join the MCA as the Maritime Autonomy Engineering Lead. You will be responsible for leading a dedicated team responsible for interfacing between industry innovation and policy with regards to maritime autonomy in order to achieve the Maritime 2050 plan and the Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime route map. You will also lead on the MCA's change and adaption of safe regulations related to the introduction of autonomy in the maritime sector.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Leading in the development and maintenance of the team's programme/work plan and the deliver against the plan. This will include prioritising where we focus our efforts/engagement.

• Responsible for facilitating the development of maritime regulation (within MCA remit) and engagement with other regulators that have an interest to enable the uptake of autonomy in the maritime sector.

• Responsible for facilitating industry stakeholders input to the regulatory update process in light of emerging technologies. Including cases for best practice.

• Providing input and insight to Maritime and Coastguard Agency / Department For Transport and other key government stakeholders on emerging technology that will effect policy and regulation in the future of the shipping industry.

• Creating and maintaining strong links with industry/academia to develop an understanding of the technical aspects of autonomous systems and associated risks.

• Support the development of the UK training capability to ensure it is fit for future technologies.

For the full list of responsibilities, please review the role profile.

About you
Coming to us with a core discipline in systems or safety engineering with proven experience of working with emerging technologies (including autonomy). You will be an ambitious individual who wants to make a difference, you think outside the box and challenge the norm. You have excellent management skills and always lead by example. Using your brilliant communication style, you are able to relay messages to any target audience with ease, translating technical language for those not technical minded. You thrive in a fast paced and agile environment and are experienced dealing with a large number of diverse stakeholders.

The successful post holder will able a strong leader takes ownership and seek out shared interests beyond own area of responsibility, understanding the impact actions have on the organisation. You will need to be aware of economic, social, political, environmental and technological developments and how this drives service delivery and policy implementation.

You pride yourself on your exemplary attention to detail. You are a forward thinker and are looking for a role where you can combine your previous experience using new technologies and making the world a better place to be.

To be successful for this post you will have previous experience of project / task management within a commercial setting and have an understanding of safety case approach.

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.

Core discipline in systems or safety engineering with proven experience of working with emerging technologies (including autonomy).

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Seeing the Big Picture
Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace

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.
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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.

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 sift is due to take place on the 28th Oct 2020
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held on the 11th Nov 2020

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.

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.

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

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