Principal Marine Surveyor (Plan Approval)

Salary: £55,879

Employment Type: Grade 7; Permanent

Location: National

Closing Date: 29th 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.
Are you an experienced Marine Surveyor, with a strong background in plan approval work?
Could you put your skills to use in contributing to maritime safety and saving lives?
Do you have a keen eye for detail and experience of managing a team?
If so, we would love to hear from you
The MCA Stability and Plan Approval Unit is based in MCA’s Glasgow (Paisley) office. Hybrid working will be considered but will need to be discussed dependent on location. There would be an expectation to travel to the closest MCA Marine Office location to the successful applicant as and when required. Regular travel to MCA’s Glasgow and Southampton offices will also be required, as well as travel to customer locations.

Job description
We have an exciting opportunity available for a Marine Surveyor with excellent experience in Plan Approval to join our team. You will be managing a dynamic and determined team and uphold, develop, promote and enforce high standards of marine safety, in accordance with MCA Service Standards.

• Be responsible and accountable for assisting the Stability and Plan Approval Unit and UK Maritime Services in achieving its agreed annual Business Plan activities and objectives.
• Act as the main point of contact for our internal and external customers to answer technical queries on MCA Fishing Vessel Construction Standards.
• Take a lead role in producing, updating, and reviewing technical standards, guidance, policies and procedures for Fishing Vessel construction and Plan Approval.
• Act as Line manager for surveyors within the Plan Approval team, providing, support, advice, and guidance to develop and maintain skills and experience in the team.
• Assist in the day-to-day management of the Plan Approval team and allocate Plan Approval work within the team and ensure a consistent approach. Support effective and efficient operational delivery by the Plan Approval team.
• Carry out plan approval tasks for a range of vessel types and perform review and formal approval of drawings and information assessed by other surveyors in the team.
• Act as deputy to the Head of Stability and Plan Approval Unit in their absence.
• Contribute, when requested, to the monitoring of organisations authorised to undertake surveys on MCA’s behalf to provide assurance that these activities are carried out in accordance with MCA requirements.

About you
As an experienced Marine Surveyor, with significant understanding and working knowledge of Plan Approval, you work confidently autonomously and have an excellent eye for detail; enabling you to carry out detailed examination of vessel plans and particulars for a wide range of ship types. You are a natural leader and will have the ability to engage your team and encourage them to achieve their best whilst identifying training?needs and celebrating areas of success. You have fantastic communication skills both written and verbal and comfortably provide expert advice to industry and public in accordance with MCA policies.

Full Driving licence valid for driving in the UK is required.

The minimum academic qualification required is one of:
a. A degree accredited by RINA as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer.
b. Applicants without the qualifications stated 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.
A wide variety of relevant degrees are available in UK and overseas. In all of the above cases other qualifications may be accepted, subject to evidence being submitted that demonstrates an acceptable academic content covering a similar level of technical knowledge related to commercial shipping. Such qualifications will be reviewed and assessed by the MCA S&I technical review panel.
Relevant marine industry experience’ is that which provides understanding and experience of the underpinning competencies expected of a Naval Architect Surveyor (see MSF 4989) which includes stability measurement or analysis, marine structural design, construction, or repair.
In each of the above cases the stated qualifications need to be supported by `sufficient experience’ in a managerial role, or in a technical capacity of responsibility, within the maritime industry.

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Changing and Improving
Working Together
Managing a Quality Service
Delivering at Pace

Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Underpinning competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989)
General competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989)
Specific competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989)
Evidence: Developing and Using a Sound Evidence Base

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, Strengths, 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.
Within your CV and Personal Statement please demonstrate your experience and knowledge of:

  • Plan Approval and / or stability assessment in relation to vessels under 24 m in length, your experience of leading a team; and how you have communicated technical information to a range of stakeholders.

The sift is due to take place 30th September 2021
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 11th October 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
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

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.
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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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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Contact point for applicants
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Name : Malcolm Maclean
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