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Aberdeen AB11 5EZ. Belfast BT20 5ED. Beverley HU17 9JB. Cardiff CF24 5JW. Colchester CO2 9BY. Liverpool L23 8SY. Dover CT15 5NA. Falmouth TR11 4WZ. Milford Haven SA73 3HB. Plymouth PL1 4RW. Paisley PA3 2RB and Southampton SO15 1EG. Alternative locations which may be considered: Poole BH17 7BX, Purfleet RM19 1PD, Shoreham BN43 6RE, Westminster SW1A 2JH, Weymouth DT4 8BG, Whitby YO22 4HL, Shetland ZE1 0AX and Paignton TQ4 7PD.

Please note: Although we welcome applications from everyone, at the time of employment you will be required to reside within a reasonable commuting distance (45 minutes’ drive time or 25 miles driving distance) from a location (to be agreed) within the geographical area supported by the office at your preferred location. Please be aware that we are unable to support relocation costs should this be needed.

Job summary

Do you want to work for a company where having a good work life balance is important?

Are you an experienced Maritime Professional looking for a challenging and rewarding experience to further your career?

Are you a seafarer looking for their first job ashore or looking for a new role which offers variety and a structured career path?

If so, this is your opportunity to join a diverse team who are all working towards making a difference to maritime safety, and we’d love to hear from you!

Please also check out our other Marine Surveyor vacancies spanning a range of disciplines – Ship 351446, Nautical 351495 and Naval Architect 351500. If you are interested in submitting an application for other disciplines, please make a separate application on the appropriate advertised role(s).

Job description

No two days are the same for our Marine Surveyors. You could be inspecting a ship in Hull ensuring its meeting UK and International Regulations one day, working from home the next, and assessing oral examinations for seafarers the day after.

We have a number of Marine Surveyor positions available in the Engineer, Naval Architect, Nautical and Ship Surveyor disciplines. Please see the Role Profiles attached below for further information about the responsibilities associated with each role, and apply on the appropriate campaign.

We want our Marine Surveyors to be the very best. In return we offer full training, specifically designed for the role. The surveyor training will be provided as part of marine surveyor development scheme – which includes several courses and on the job training, delivered by experienced surveyors within your first 12 months in the role. In addition, a competitive package which includes flexible working patterns and attractive remuneration, and ongoing support to develop a rewarding career that makes a difference and saves lives.

Some of the typical responsibilities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Inspecting, auditing and surveying ships and maritime ship operators to safeguard that they meet UK, EU and international safety, management, welfare, security and anti-pollution regulations. Carrying out approval of stability information where qualified to do so. When qualified as a Nautical Examiner, undertaking oral examinations so as to ensure high standards of training and competence amongst seafarers.
  • Carrying out safety management audits in straightforward and routine cases under the International Safety Management (ISM) code of ship operators and their vessels for ISM Document of Compliance (DOC) & ISM Safety Management Certificate (SMC).
  • Carrying out inspections of ships and port installations in straightforward and routine cases to ensure compliance with International Conventions, EU legislation and UK statutory requirements.
  • As a qualified Port State Control Officer (PSCO) helping fulfil UK obligations under the Paris MOU Agreement and EU Port State Control Directive in the inspection of foreign registered ships calling at UK ports.

Does this sound like something you would enjoy?

Person specification

About You

To be successful, you will be an experienced Maritime Professional who holds the appropriate qualification as detailed in this advert.

You will have proven customer service skills and can make quick, effective decisions, that are always focused on achieving the best outcomes. You will be resilient, flexible and able to manage a varied workload with competing priorities. Excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively build relationships with a variety of stakeholders across different cultures and industries will be a strength of yours. If this sounds like you, then please apply.

Please note, due to the nature of the role you will also be required to undergo a Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC) before commencing employment with us. Gaining CTC Clearance will require you to provide proof that you have been a resident in the UK for the last 3 full consecutive years from your date of application and only candidates who meet this requirement will be considered for the role.

Important Information

On occasion, there will be a requirement to work outside of ‘normal hours’.

You will be required to work and travel on official duty within the UK and short term visits overseas or offshore, which may involve regular overnight stays away from home.

Please ensure you meet the eligibility requirements before applying. Due to the nature of this role, you will need to have resided in the UK for the last 3 years. You will be asked to provide evidence of this at interview stage.


A full UK driving licence and a passport valid for international travel are required.


Engineer Discipline – The minimum academic qualification required is one of: Engineer Surveyor: MCA Recognised STCW III/2 Chief Engineer unlimited Certificate of Competency. `MCA Recognised’ means certificates issued by a country whose seafarer training is recognised by the UK. A list of those countries can found on our website at and search MCA CEC. (Those without UK issued STCW Certificates of Competency will need to complete UK LAP training at an early stage after entry).


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Surveyor Competency Framework – Underpinning competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989) understanding of the principles of the safe operation of large commercial ships – Level 2
  • Surveyor Competency Framework – Underpinning competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989) understanding of the use of mandatory ships equipment on ships – Level 2
  • Surveyor Competency Framework – Underpinning competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989) understanding of marine structural design and assessment on small vessels – Level 2

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.

Click here to get a copy of the MCA Staff Benefits Brochure

Find out what it’s like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

How to Apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Within your CV please ensure you outline your previous jobs including the company you worked for, job title, length of employment and a brief description of your duties and responsibilities. In addition, please can you list any qualifications you have including the full degree titles and full name of the university/s you studied at to obtain the qualifications/degrees.

For guidance on the CV please click the following link: Candidate Guidance for CV.

If your application meets the requirements of the role you will be invited to the next part of the recruitment process which is a two stage interview process.

The first stage consists of a short initial video interview where we will assess your technical knowledge. Further information will be provided if you are invited to this online interview. If you are successful after the 1st stage, you will then be invited to a 2nd stage/final assessment which will involve a role play. Both stages are planned to be conducted via teams.

The sift is due to take place on 3rd & 4th June 2024.

The first stage of interviews are likely to be held from w/c 17th June 2024.

Final assessments are likely to be held from w/c 1st July 2024.

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
  • A role play exercise

As part of your interview you will be assessed against Marine Surveyor Competencies (Level 2).

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport recruits using Success Profiles. For each role, we consider what you need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

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