UK Vessel Traffic Services Policy Officer – Maritime & Coastguard Agency

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency are currently looking for a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) professional, or an individual who holds an STCW II/3 qualification or higher, to join the MCA team in the role of UK Vessel Traffic Services Policy Officer. The successful candidate will be the subject matter expert for VTS and point of contact for VTS centres and will provide operational expertise to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, ensuring that the MCA’s VTS Policy is delivered correctly.

The successful applicant will engage effectively and efficiently with colleagues across the business in areas such as navigation safety and seafarers services. They will also build good working relationships with external stakeholders such as VTS training providers and the ports industry.

The role holder will play a pivotal role in maintaining the high standards of VTS training and delivery throughout UK waters. They will arrange and conduct audits of VTS centres.

Working under the direction of the Ports and VTS Policy Manager, the Vessel Traffic Services Policy Officer will assist with conducting Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) health checks on ports and marine facilities encouraging UK ports to adopt/comply with the PMSC, and provide expert guidance to ports/marinas to enable them to better enact the PMSC.

This role offers the opportunity to build up great working relationships across the industry and the chance to represent the MCA at a variety of key internal and external forums such as District Marine Safety Committee meetings. The post holder will additionally influence international direction of VTS guidance through preparation of submission and UK representation at the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) meetings.

This role will be based in the Southampton HQ (or possibly at another MCA Marine Office location if requested). MCA supports flexible working and operates a hybrid working model between home and office for this role, giving you greater flexibility over where and when you work. Details of the arrangement will be discussed further with your line manager. This role offers an excellent opportunity for a shift worker to improve their work/life balance with a less disruptive work pattern.

There will be a requirement for travel on official duty within the UK and overseas or offshore, which may involve overnight stays away from home. A passport valid for international travel is required as well as a full driving licence valid for driving in the UK.

Applications for this vacancy should be made at: UK VTS Policy Officer Vacancy

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 24th October 2022

Reference number: 238765

Salary: £39,428

Grade: Senior Executive Officer

Contract type: Permanent

Business area: MCA – Directorate of Maritime Safety and Standards

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