Marine Surveyor – Ship 23 views

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 2nd June 2024

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 – Engineer 351493, 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.


Ship Discipline – The minimum academic qualification required is one of: An engineering degree accredited by IMarEST/IMechE as meeting the academic qualifications for Chartered Engineer Applicants without the qualification stated above, may also be eligible if they are Chartered Engineer (C. Eng) (through the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) or Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)), but in such cases evidence of the equivalent level of learning plus relevant marine industry experience will need to have be demonstrated to the satisfaction of an MCA S&I technical review panel.


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.

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