DfT/729/17/MCA Marine Surveyor 'SEO' Level - Engineer discipline

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Maritime and Coastguard Agency
44105.00 - 50719.00 GBP Annual
29 Aug 2017
26 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Important note: Locations and Vacancies
In addition to the locations listed in this advert, and subject to business needs, individual requirements and the competence/skills of the post-holder, we may request or offer remote working in a variety of locations. For more information regarding this, please contact the vacancy holder using the details below.

The number of vacancies available may vary depending on business requirements, any successful applicants who do not get offered a suitable location will remain on a merit list for 12 months, and may be offered suitable roles as they become available.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) aims to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world. We need experienced and capable Surveyors to help us realise this vision - could it be you?

The role of a Marine Surveyor with the MCA is extremely varied and no two days are the same. You will be required to survey, inspect and audit a variety of different vessels, large and small, international and domestic, to ensure UK and International Regulations are being met.

Role responsibilities
You will be line managed by a Principal Marine Surveyor. In respect of operational delivery you will be responsible to the Technical Manager and Business Manager for assisting the Marine Office and Divisional Area in achieving its agreed annual Business Plan activities and objectives.

As part of your day to day role you will be required to inspect, audit and survey ships and maritime ship operators to safeguard that they meet UK, EU and international safety, management, welfare, security and anti-pollution regulations. You will also carry out approval of stability information where qualified to do so.

When qualified as an Engineer Examiner, you will undertake oral examinations so as to ensure high standards of training and competence amongst seafarers.

Surveyors will operate to a flexible working pattern consisting of a 7.4 hour working day and over the course of a year the post-holder is contracted to work 1931 net conditioned hours.

For full details of the role and your responsibilities please role profile which is attached below.

About us
As an Agency we strive for Safer lives, safer ships and cleaner seas. We implement the government's maritime safety policy in the UK and work to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea.

The Directorate of Maritime Safety and Standards (DMSS) inspects and surveys ships to ensure that they are meeting both UK and international safety, security and anti-pollution standards. We work closely with the Directorate of the United Kingdom Shipping Register (DUKSR) to prove certification to ships and seafarers, the registering of vessels on the UK flag and responding to pollution from shipping and offshore installations.

To be more competitive in a global market, and to recruit the best available talent, we have revised the organisational structure for front-line Marine Surveyors to give our staff better career prospects, more flexible working patterns and an attractive remuneration package.

If successful, you will undertake the complete MCA training package and receive the full support of the world's leading maritime safety administration.

About you
You will be an experienced maritime professional with relevant academic qualifications. You will possess proven customer service skills and have experience of managerial roles on board ship or in a technical capacity of responsibility within the maritime industry.

The minimum academic qualification required is:

• MCA Recognised STCW III/2 Chief Engineer unlimited Certificate of Competency

Applicants without the above qualification stated, 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 been demonstrated to the satisfaction of an MCA S&I technical review panel.

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.

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

Due to the nature of the role, successful candidates must already hold or be willing to undergo a Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC). Gaining CTC Clearance will normally require you to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years, and only candidates who meet this requirement will be considered for the role.

Please see the attached Role Profile for full details of the essential minimum requirements.

The Application Process
To apply for this role you are required to complete a:
1. CV,
2. Personal Statement and
3. Qualifications questionnaire.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and its essential minimum requirements.

Once you have submitted your application you will receive a link to complete the next stage of the application process which is a Situational Judgement Test (SJT). The SJT will give you a number of multiple choice questions related to the job.

The SJT link will be issued via email on 28/09/2017.

Deadline for completion of SJT is 05/10/2017.

To comply with a recent government change, the Department for Transport has adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types.
These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done. You will also be required to complete a written assessment and presentation, full details of each exercise will be provided on the day.

You should use the Civil Service Competency Framework and the Surveyor Technical Competencies to prepare for assessment, referring to the relevant competency definitions for the grade advertised. The Indicators listed on the attached document have been identified as most appropriate.

A statutory Code of Practice on the English Language requirement of Public Sector workers came into force on 21st November 2016. As a result, all Customer facing roles in the Department for Transport require the ability to converse with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English (or Welsh where necessary). All customer facing staff are required to be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly, and only a conceptually difficult subject can hinder a natural smooth flow of language. Your spoken and written English ability will be assessed at interview, and only applicants who meet these requirements will be considered for this role.

Driving licence valid for driving in the UK.


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent.

The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements.

You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.


Whilst you complete your training, you will receive a starting salary of up to GBP54k, this equates to GBP42k basic and up to GBP12k of allowances (allowances are dependent on certain qualifying criteria).

Your basic will increase by an additional GBP2k after you successfully complete your first years training.

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 .

Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details
Please complete the CV / supporting document that is on your application and submit by the closing date advertised, if not completed, your application will not be considered.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and its essential minimum requirements.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals..... click apply for full job details