Senior Coastal Operations Officer - Flexible Working Available

Plymouth, Devon
23 Jul 2021
06 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


Bideford, Plymouth

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 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).

Job description

Please note there are 2 posts available, one based in Plymouth and the other in Bideford.

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.

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.

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’.


As part of the role, your responsibilities may 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.

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.

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 Coastguard Areas, which may entail overnight stays.

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 here.


Full UK Manual Driving Licence


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.

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


Public Holiday and Weekend £1000 p/a & 'On call' £3000 p/a

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 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.

How to apply

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV and Statement of Suitability 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 emergency response situations
• Worked independently or remotely (from your manager), managing your time against conflicting demands

After submission of the first stage of your application, you will be invited to complete a numerical and verbal test. If you successfully pass the tests, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.

Please complete the online test as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the test is 23:55 on the 6th August 2021. If you fail to complete the online tests before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the tests will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

The sift is due to take place on 9th August 2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 23rd August 2021.

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.

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 and a presentation

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.

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

If you have any questions regarding these roles please contact:

Drew Parkinson - - Plymouth role

Sam Wilson - - Bideford role

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 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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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 :   Drew Parkinson Email :   Recruitment team : Email : 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: 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

Attachments Role profile Opens in new window(pdf, 595kB) Coastguard Framework MCA (1) Opens in new window(pdf, 229kB) Candidate Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 405kB) Candidate Notes Opens in new window(pdf, 823kB)