Marine Surveyor 'S' Level - Engineer, Naval Architect, Nautical, and Ship disciplines

16 Apr 2021
03 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

AB11 5EZ, BT20 5ED, CF24 5JW, CO2 9BY, L23 8SY, HU17 9JB, PA3 2RB, PL1 4RW, SO15 1EG. (Other locations - these are optional and not guaranteed: South Shields NE34 6ET, Dover CT15 5NA, and Falmouth TR11 4WZ). Please note: 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. In some circumstances this may require you to relocate. This location will be discussed with you, in the event that you are successful, and we will endeavour to be as flexible as possible, whilst ensuring that operational business needs are met.

About the job

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

Do you have the passion, experience and expertise to help create safer and cleaner seas in the UK and abroad?

This is your opportunity to join a dynamic team who are all working towards making a difference to maritime safety, and we’d love to hear from you.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) aims to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world. We are looking for experienced and capable Marine Surveyors to help us achieve our vision - Safer lives, safer ships, cleaner seas.

Job description

No two days are the same for our Marine Surveyors. You will inspect, audit and survey ships and maritime ship operators to ensure UK and International Regulations are being met, delivering exceptional customer service alongside experienced colleagues.

We have a number or 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.

We want our Marine Surveyors to be the very best. In return we offer full training, 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.


Does this sound like you?

You are an experienced Maritime Professional who holds the relevant qualifications (as outlined in the Role Profiles attached below). You have proven customer service skills and can make quick, effective decisions, that are always focused on achieving the best outcomes. You are resilient, flexible and able to manage a varied workload with competing priorities. You have excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively build relationships with a variety of stakeholders across different cultures and industries. If you see yourself in this way, we really want to hear from you.

Please note, due to the nature of the role you will also be required to undergo a Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC). Gaining CTC Clearance will normally require you to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years, and only candidates who meet this requirement will be considered for the role.

Important information

You will operate to a flexible working pattern consisting of an average of 37 hours per week. 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 overnight stays away from home.


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


Details of essential minimum qualification requirements can be found on the relevant Role Profile for each discipline.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Surveyor Technical Framework - Underpinning competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989)
  • Surveyor Technical Framework - General competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989)
  • Surveyor Technical Framework - Specific competencies (as detailed in MCA document MSF 4989)


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 meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.

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


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

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

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.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.

The first stage is to apply online. Once your application is complete you will receive an email inviting you to complete an online Qualification Questionnaire.

The Qualification Questionnaire asks you questions about your qualifications, experience and residency status and must be completed for your application to be considered. Email invites will be sent out on 13/04/2021, 20/04/2021, and 04/05/2021.

The deadline to complete the Qualification Questionnaire is 23:45 on 04/05/2021. If you have not received an invite by 04/05/2021 please check your junk/spam email first before contacting us as soon as possible on [email protected]

If your application meets the requirements of the role, you will then be invited to a short initial video interview, where we will assess your experience and technical knowledge. Further information will be provided if you are invited to online interview.

If you are successful at the video interview you will then be invited to attend a final interview at MCA HQ, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG. This is subject to the COVID-19 situation where an alternative method of interview may be considered nearer the time.

The sift is due to take place on 06/05/2021.

The first stage of interviews are likely to be held around week commencing 17/05/2021.

Final interviews/assessments are likely to be held around week commencing 31/05/2021.

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.

Please note, all positions are offered on business needs and requirements. Therefore, you may be placed onto a merit list should the location choice or discipline not be a current business need.

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.

For guidance on the CV please follow the below link:
Candidate Guidance for CV and Statement of suitability 

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

• an interview with one or more exercises

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order 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.

For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:

• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

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

A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to obtaining employment.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

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

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Grace Mcmullan Email :   [email protected]   Recruitment team : Email :   [email protected] Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: [email protected] If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission

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