Project Manager - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£37,803 - £41,585
22 Oct 2020
02 Nov 2020
Contract Type


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.

Are you looking for a role where you can have a direct impact by using your skills to drive forward change and enable innovation?

Do you want to take a leap out of the rat race into a role where you get real work life balance and work on projects where the motivation isn’t profit?

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Job description

We are growing! Here at the Maritime and Coastguard agency we are developing a new and innovative team to cover key areas such as Decarbonisation and Autonomy - we are looking for forward thinking professionals to help build and develop this team to help create a better future.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has formed the Maritime Future Technologies team to drive forward and support implementation of cutting-edge innovation in both Emission Reduction and Autonomy in the Maritime sector. This new function that has been setup to enable the UK to lead the way in Maritime Emission Reduction and Autonomous Vessels by 2050.

To address the challenges in this sector the team aims to be dynamic, fast paced, and collaborative. Through an understanding and supportive approach, it will facilitate the implementation of trials and projects, support regulation updates and drive forward a much-needed change in industry.

Facilitating the implementation of projects in the short term on an individual basis. By acting as a focal point and connecting various stakeholders. Enabling it to become the interface between innovation in industry and regulatory/policy function.

Supporting regulatory change by learning from projects within the current regulatory framework and challenging the approach to maritime regulation.

Influencing to drive change and direction of industry through engagement, and informed opinion becoming an expert in the sector and making the connections between ideas and reality.

To ensure the UK is seen as a worldwide role model, at the heart of the global maritime autonomy industry and is proactive in driving the transition to zero emission shipping. Being agile enough to enable the UK to gain a significant share of the economic, environmental and health benefits associated with a technologically advanced and sustainable maritime industry.

This is an exciting time to join the MCA as Project Manager. You will be responsible for the project management of Maritime Future Technologies critical work streams ensuring that quality outputs are delivered on-time and to budget. You will drive delivery and manage the application of project procedures, disciplines and reporting standards within the Maritime Future Technologies Team.


Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Accountability for the management of work-streams under the Maritime Future Technologies plan, chasing and challenging progress as appropriate with both internal and external stakeholders against agreed gateways and milestones.

• Responsible for the tracking and management of the weekly and monthly project reporting in a timely manner reporting to the both the Business manager and the Assistant Director for Maritime Future Technologies.

• Developing and maintaining the Maritime Future Technologies programme work plan.

• Ensuring all expenditure commitments and all payments are properly processed, authorised, controlled and monitored in accordance with Agency procedures.

• Making project interventions to ensure that projects remain on track and to budget, liaising with key stakeholders and contacts both externally and internally.

For the full list of responsibilities, please review the role profile.

About you

The successful post holder will have previous experience of project / task management within a commercial setting. In this role, It's essential you are self confident, highly organised and able to work alongside Directors and Senior Managers. You be able to manage budgets and have experience in forecasting requirements and future commercial planning.

You pride yourself on your exemplary attention to detail and you're an efficient, forward thinker, who proactively intervenes when necessary to ensure that projects remain on track, and can build strong relationships with external stakeholders . You will use your brilliant communication style, to relay messages to any target audience with ease and be able to drive delivery and support with administration to achieve objectives.

We are looking for an ambitious individual who wants to make a difference, who considers the wider challenges and the impact this may have on your line of work and be able to make effective decision based on sound evidence. You have a passion for actively building and maintaining a wide range of networks to achieve progress on shared objectives. You will thrive in a fast paced and agile environment and be experienced in dealing with a large number of diverse stakeholders.

About us

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.

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

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture


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.

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

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

The sift is due to take place on the 3rd Nov 2020

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held on the 19th Nov 2020

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 could include:

•an interview

•an interview with one or more exercises

•a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

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

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process

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.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, <>. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

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Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria

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