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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.

Successful candidates will be required to complete a Mental Wellbeing and Resilience questionnaire as part of the pre-employment check. This is not intended to diagnose mental health conditions, but instead is used to identify any mental health issues that could be exacerbated through working with the MCA in this role. More information will be sent to successful candidates as part of the pre-employment checks. If you have any questions about this, please contact HR.Resourcing@mcga.gov.uk

This role will be based at our Coastal Operations base in Islay. 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.

About Operational Delivery Profession (ODP)

Operational Delivery Profession (ODP) is the largest and most diverse professional community across the Civil Service. Many of us will have an association with several professional communities or specialisms, ODP applies to all public-facing roles / or a role that is primarily aligned to supporting the work of those with public facing roles. All critical to the delivery of UK public services.

Licences

Full UK Manual Driving Licence

Qualifications

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

Behaviours

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Changing and Improving

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, Strengths, Ability and Experience.

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

Your CV should include details of your job history.

When considering your experience, please tailor your Personal Statement to provide evidence of when you have:

  • Demonstrated good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Managed individuals either full-time or in the voluntary sector
  • Demonstrated command, control and management of operational teams in a pressured environment/situation
  • Worked independently or remotely (from your manager), managing your time against conflicting demands

Your personal statement will be limited to a maximum of 1000 words.

The sift is due to take place on 11th & 12th June 2024.

Interviews/assessments will take place on 9th & 10th July 2024.

This interview could be conducted online via Teams or face to face at one of our offices. Further details will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates we’ve set out in the advert. But there may be occasions when these dates will change. We’ll give you plenty of notice of any important dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment will include:

  • An interview
  • A presentation
  • A written assessment
  • A MCA math test

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.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5-year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

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