Business Unit Manager - Flexible Working Available

Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
04 Jun 2021
14 Jun 2021
Contract Type



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.

Do you have a keen interest in figures, with an understanding of financial management and control?

Do you have a methodical mind, with the ability to solve problems and make effective decisions?

Are you passionate about creating a great team environment?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for a Business Unit Manager to join our team at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and we would love to hear from you! Job description

Here at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) we are looking to recruit a Business Unit Manager leading a team of AO Business Unit Support Officers, within the Survey & Inspection National Business Unit. You will be responsible for ensuring completion of PMR's, identifying training/development needs and the setting of challenging and relevant objectives aligned to the MCA Business Plan and to the annual activities that the S&I must achieve.

As our Business Unit Manager, we will look to you to provide financial, management and administrative support across the Survey & Inspection (S&I) Divisional Areas. Primary responsibility is to the shipping Accounts through the Agresso (ABW) platform (including debt management).

You will work closely with the Business Unit Lead (BU Lead) and Business Support Partner (BSP) to ensure that business support and financial resources are aligned with Survey and Inspection priorities.


Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

• Responsible for managing the provision of administrative business support within the Business Unit and pro-actively managing the workflow by the monitoring, analysing and reporting of progress or backlogs of work, employing a corporate and risk management approach, utilising the tools within the Agresso (ABW) and Power Bi platforms. Provide regular high-level update reports for the BU Lead and BSP.
• Work closely with the BU Lead and BSP to ensure that consistent business support is aligned with Survey and Inspection priorities and to develop working relationships and processes to improve the efficiency of the Division. Report to the BU Lead and BSP any identified risks within the Business Unit as soon as immediately practicable.
• Actively engage with the MCA HQ Finance and Procurement Team to ensure high levels of governance particularly relating to all areas of the Agresso (ABW) platform, ensuring full understanding and compliance with MCA requirements across S&I (Business Unit, Marine Offices, including remote workers). With particular emphasis regarding the Shipping Accounts.
• Undertaking quality assurance activities for the Business Unit in respect of processes and activities, including Agresso (ABW).
• Assist the BSP with internal and external Audit preparation. Share best practice with colleagues and follow up on Non- Conformity Notices etc. Responsible for maintaining up to date and accurate records in agreed format(s) in support of ISO accreditation.
• Manage the Cash account and paperwork for banking of cash and cheques, and report back to the BSP.

About You

To thrive in this role, you will be a real team player who loves to work in collaboration with others to achieve a common goal. You have the skills and attributes to develop, lead and motivate a team to deliver high quality effective results. You have excellent communication skills in varying circumstances, with the ability to tailor this to your audience

You are able to multitask and prioritise, with outstanding attention to detail and organisational skills.

You will be adaptable and flexible, adjusting to the requirements and strategic direction of the business. You are someone who handles periods of change well and have the ability to confidently lead your team through periods of ambiguity.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service


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.

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.

The sift is due to take place w/c 14th June 2021

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 28th June 2021

This interview will be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
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.

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.

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

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

For this role we will assess the following Behaviours:

- Making Effective Decisions
- Changing and Improving
- Leadership
- Working Together
- Managing a Quality Service

How to Apply

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.

Within your CV and personal statement, please demonstrate the following:

• understanding of financial management and control
• good interpersonal, oral, presentational and written communication skills
• leadership skills including the ability to build and motivate small teams, especially during periods of change
• understanding of the concepts of change management
• good organisational and time management skills. Ability to prioritise work and allocate resources effectively
• ability to solve problems and make decisions, sometimes under time constraints

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

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

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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 :   Louise Mrzic Email :   [email protected]   Recruitment team : Email :   [email protected] Further information

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