Assistant Director Ship Standards 22 views


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.

Would you like to help shape the future direction of the shipping industry?

Would you enjoy engaging with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders?

Are you able to lead a team and empower them to fulfil their potential?

Do you have a background in applying legislation and dealing with regulatory updates and developments?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!

The Ship Standards team is enriched by a diverse mix of personal and professional backgrounds. We therefore welcome applications from an inclusive leader who will bring their own unique self to this role.

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.

Job description

Within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the UK Maritime Services (UKMS) Directorate has responsibility for developing, negotiating, and maintaining UK policies and regulations relating to a wide range of safety and environment issues associated with ships and vessels of all sizes.

We have an interesting opportunity for a proactive individual to join us as the Assistant Director Ship Standards leading the development of policy, regulation and guidance in respect of ship safety and environmental performance.

Reporting directly to the Deputy Director Regulations & Standards, the successful applicant will lead a team made up of policy officials who are subject matter experts in different streams of policy related work. The Assistant Director Ship Standards will maintain oversight of this team, taking a holistic view of strategic priorities and applying resource in key priority areas.

Successful collaboration is crucial within this position and the role holder will manage the interaction with colleagues across MCA – especially with Assistant Directors within the Survey and Inspection function, other Government Departments such as the Department for Transport and industry stakeholders such as the Chamber of Shipping and Fishing Federations.

This role also brings much interaction with Ministers through the management of the flow of policy and regulation submission for sign off and dealing with ministerial correspondence.

The Assistant Director Ship Standards will enjoy a varied role which spans many interesting and key policy areas ranging across high profile areas such as safety at sea and the decarbonisation and climate change agenda. The role provides a fantastic opportunity to really shape the future direction of regulation within the shipping industry to ensure fit for purpose policy, regulation and guidance.

This role will be based in the Southampton HQ. MCA supports flexible working and operates a hybrid working model between home and office for this role, giving you greater flexibility over where and when you work. Details of the arrangement will be discussed further with your line manager.

There will be a requirement for travel on official duty within the UK and overseas, which may involve overnight stays away from home. A passport valid for international travel is required.


Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leading the Ship Standards team to ensure the delivery of effective regulations and standards, building regulatory best practice within the team
  • Contributing to the delivery of a regulatory climate that is clear, consistent and supportive of the UK maritime industries and ensures that the UK has safety standards and regulations which safeguard ships, seafarers and the public
  • Supporting the Deputy Director Regulations & Standards and Director of UKMS in respect of strategic leadership of the MCA internal business plan and other relevant Directorate work plans
  • Working in collaboration with other Assistant Directors in UKMS to explore and develop opportunities within UKMS that will enable UKMS to be at the forefront of creating, improving and implementing new and existing domestic and international Standards on safety, sustainability and innovation

About You

We are looking to be joined by a motivated individual who can take a high-level review of output to ensure successful delivery across the team.

Taking a holistic approach, you focus on the big picture objectives to ensure strategic objectives are being met. You are proactive and conscientious to ensure deliverables are met on time.

You are a confident and effective decision maker, able to consider all relevant factors before reaching a conclusion and providing direction. Your excellent leadership skills along with your ability to communicate clearly and concisely means you confidently manage and give direction to a team in varying circumstances. We will look to you to coach and support your team to enable development and growth.

You have exceptional stakeholder management skills and are able to quickly build rapport and strong relationships, working collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues and third parties to develop and inform policy.


A passport valid for international travel.

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