Head of Engineer Examiners - Flexible Working Available

11 Jun 2021
27 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


This role can be based at any MCA office in the UK, however travel to Southampton will be expected.

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 a Senior Engineer looking for a role where you can make a real difference and positive changes in the Maritime industry?

Do you want a role that will offer you exceptional development opportunities, both personally and professionally?

Are you a forward-thinking leader with experience in change management?


We want to hear from you!

Job description

It’s an exciting time to join the MCA, we are currently looking for an experienced Head of Engineer Examiners to become part of our team. You will support the delivery of the MCA's Strategic Objectives and three-year Business Plan through effective leadership and management of the Engineering Examiners Team ensuring that: seafarers choosing the UK Certificate of Competency have access to high quality, effective and relevant training and assessments, wherever they choose to study, ensuring all national and international standards and obligations are met. In addition, you will support the modernisation of seafarer training (including digitised assessments) and interfaces with Training Providers, the development of training and certification to support the fishing industry, future shipping technologies and innovations.


Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Contributing to the management of the Seafarer Policy Branch and will deputise for Chief Examiner.
• Implementing the requirements of STCW convention.
• Implement the manning and seafarer training requirements on Domestic and Fishing vessels and assist in modernising the training and assessment regime in consultation with the stakeholders.
• Provide technical and operational advice to industry and the public in accordance with MCA policies.
• Assisting the Chief Examiner in respect of readiness for both internal and external Audits of the Branch, ensuring that records are maintained in accordance with MCA policies.
• Providing detailed technical support to Marine Office surveyors in relation to Seafarer certification and audit of Training providers.
• Assisting with the management of the Seafarer Policy Branch.
• Contributing when requested to agency-wide initiatives and to parliamentary correspondence including Parliamentary Questions (PQs).
• Providing direct technical support to UKSR on safe manning issues and crewing matters for newbuilding or change of flag vessels.
• The operational liaison with and support to other policy branches and sections within UKMS as requested by the Chief Examiner.
• The representation of the Agency at industry and regulatory fora.
• Under the direction of the Chief Examiner, supporting the UK contribution to international (IMO, ILO) forums as necessary.
• Taking an active role in the promotion of high Seafarer training standards.
• The conduct of exams, audits and inspections.
• To deal with cases of irregularities in examinations and liaise with the MCA Maritime Investigations Team (MIT) when necessary.
• Line Manage Examiners and ensure that the objectives for PMR's are in line with the MCA Business Plan.
• The completion of weekly timesheets for Examiners on shared services by agreed timescales.
• Ensuring that own continuous professional development is ongoing and professional knowledge is maintained.

About You:
You are a qualified Engineer and an experienced people manager, having managed a team through transformation you understand how to motivate your team to not only accept but to embrace change. A confident communicator you can liaise with a wide range of stakeholders, ensuring to tailor you style to suit the audience, you are superb at translating technical language for non-technical people. It’s important to you that your stakeholders are engaged with and listened to before key decisions are made, providing a more holistic approach. You are looking for a role that will offer you variety, one that will challenge you and encourage you to develop.


Full driving licence valid for use in the UK
Unrestricted passport valid for international travel


The minimum academic qualification required is one of:

Engineer Surveyor/Examiner of Engineer : UK STCW III/2 Chief Engineer unlimited Certificate of Competency


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Surveyor


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.

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Things you need to know

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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.

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 your experience and knowledge of:
• Managing a team through change, ensuring change was embraced.
• Managing a diverse team
• Making decisions with long term impacts, how did you make them what was the outcome?

The sift is due to take place w/c 28/05/2021

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held week commencing 14/06/20201

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.

For this role we will assess:
• Seeing the Big Picture
• Making Effective Decisions
• Changing and Improving
• Communicating and Influencing
• Managing a Quality Service
• Leadership

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 with one or more exercises

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

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 :   Ajit Jacob 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 (https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/) to visit Civil Service Commission

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