Senior Coastal Operations Officer – Stornoway 29 views

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Job summary

Are you a resilient and high energy individual who has experience leading operational teams in a response environment?

Do you have a passion for developing people and love to build and support others to achieve their best?

If so, this is your opportunity to help save lives with the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA)!

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 a world-leading organisation, accelerating the transition to sustainable shipping with non-negotiable safety standards. We put our people, our customers and our planet at the heart of everything we do.

We are committed to giving all our colleagues purpose, professionalism and pride in what we do. We work in supportive, diverse and inclusive teams.

We want everyone to feel valued and supported to achieve their potential at MCA.

This culture of inclusion is underpinned by our staff networks groups covering, Women’s, LGBTQI+, Race, Carers, Mental Wellbeing and volunteer Respect Ambassadors.

Job description

As Senior Coastal Operations Officer, you have the responsibility of the operational management, readiness, and safety of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers (CRO) within Coastguard Rescue Teams. This will be under the supervision of the Coastal Operations Area Commander to ensure that the Operational Area is at a state of constant readiness.

You will also be responsible for the supervision and management of operational equipment, vehicles and estate belonging to a number of Coastguard Rescue Teams.

As a calm and focused person, you are dedicated to managing the effective delivery of a brilliant emergency response service. This is a crucial service that is capable of responding to people either in distress or at risk of death on the coast.

As part of the role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and managing a number of Coastguard Rescue Teams, under the supervision of the Coastal Operations Area Commander to ensure that the Operational Area is at a state of constant readiness.
  • Recruiting and inducting volunteers, including the monitoring of their probation and the provision of training in foundations skills.
  • Leading and delivering training, identifying training and development needs for individual and teams.
  • Supervision and management of operational equipment, vehicles and estate belonging to a number of Coastguard Rescue Teams.

We operate a 24/7 on-call roster for 1 in every 5 weeks and you will be required to participate in this, acting in a leadership, direction and standards role for the Coastguard Rescue Service. By exception, this will include deployment anywhere in the UK.

If you would like more information, please find the role profile attached.

Person specification

About You

Do you want to be part of making a difference to people’s lives?

You will need to be someone who is passionate about helping others, being able to provide expert guidance and support will be an imperative part of this role.

We are looking for a dynamic individual who can flexibly embrace the requirements of the role.

As you’ll be working at an operational level which may be remote from your manager, we need someone who is comfortable to act on their own cognisance, sometimes for considerable periods of time. We would love someone who has superb communication and interpersonal skills and who is committed to working collaboratively to provide the best possible service.

Additional Information

Your application will not be considered if you have been dismissed from the MCA in the past 24 months for failing to pass the required training for operational posts within HM Coastguard.

You must be willing to operate throughout the operational area, which may entail overnight stays.

This role will be based at our Coastal Operations base in Stornoway. The expectation is for the successful candidate to spend all of their contracted working hours in this location.

This is a uniformed role and uniform will be required to be worn at all times when on duty.

There will be a business requirement for the post holder to be willing to operate throughout the operational area, which may entail overnight stays. This will be dependent on the operational needs of the team. Details of this arrangement will be discussed further with your line manager.

The role holder will be required to attend formal training events at the MCA’s designated training facilities, and this may require spending time away from home and the normal workplace.

If not already qualified, there will be a requirement to undertake training to gain an acceptable qualification in the delivery of adult training.

Please note, this role is subject to health standard requirements and fitness assessments I.A.W. policy. More information about MCA health standards can be found within the attachments.

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