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Head of Navigation

  • Post Date:25th March 2020
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  • Offered Salary £40,000-£49,999
    Salary £47,584
Job Description

Head of Navigation

Are you an experienced and highly knowledgeable Mariner with a genuine focus on the importance of Maritime safety and policy procedures?

Do you pride yourself on your excellent communication skills and ability to garner the respect and loyalty from your team?

Do you want to lead a successful and inclusive, multi-disciplinary team where your leadership directly contributes to UK maritime policy and safety outcomes, in diverse areas such as ports, VTS and Offshore Renewables.

Does your job matter? What we do matters.  

Job Description

The Head of Navigation has the responsibility for leading the Navigation Department and ensuring it that its outcomes are successful. The Navigation Department is a multi-disciplinary team, which requires the input of an experienced and knowledgeable mariner to help support the various areas of responsibility which include, Marine Licensing, Port Marine Safety Code Health Checks, VTS audits, Offshore Renewable Energy Installation Licensing and Nautical Policy. Professional experience in one of these areas would be an advantage.

Role includes but is not limited to

The Head of Navigation will support the policy leads in their various areas by providing their specialist knowledge, attending meetings and supporting the production of documentation, M-Notices and other legislation. Another key component of the Navigation Departments work involves IMO and IALA and the contributions to these important international bodies. The successful candidate will be an experienced maritime professional with an MCA recognized STCW II/2 Master unlimited Certificate of Competency and seagoing experience at the rank of Chief Officer or above. Head of Navigation is a leadership and management role, so previous experience managing personnel is essential.

Why choose Navigation Safety Branch?

We aim to capture talented marine professionals and retain them by providing a flexible working environment and effective management, which recognizes the need for a proper work life balance and professional growth. This is achieved by making use of the following:

  1. Flexible working hours
  2. Potential for days worked from home (regular and ad-hoc)
  3. Excellent training and development opportunities
  4. Recruitment and retention bonus for this role
  5. Exposure to Hydrography, Maritime Surveillance and Radio Spectrum and Technical Standards departments.
  6. Civil Service Benefits Package


A key benefit of employment within the Civil Service is the competitive pension scheme provided to Civil Servants. In a time of low annuity rates, the Civil Service Alpha Scheme provides a generous, protected route to financial stability in retirement; full detail on how benefits are calculated can be found here:

Role example:

The Head of Navigation, Grade 7 Civil servant, joining on the minimum of the pay scale, could after 20 years continuous service, accrue an approximate yearly pension of £22,078 (excluding annual pay and inflation increases) upon retirement. This figure compares favorably to current annuity rates (based upon current trends, a similar sized pension fund would yield an annuity of circa £4,000). This information is provided for illustrative purposes and must in no way be considered financial advice.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a team who pride themselves on their ability to make a difference, a department that matters and people that save lives.

If this sounds like a role where you feel you can add value we would love to hear from you.