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Maritime Advisor (Sailing Directions)

  • Post Date:2nd July 2020
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  • Vessel Type Shore-based
    Location Type Shore
    Salary £27,501 increasing to £32,371
Job Description

Location: Taunton, Somerset
Salary: £27,501 increasing to £32,371 on successful completion of training and development programme.  An RRA is also applicable to this role, based on specialist skills, knowledge and experience

Hours: Flexible
Contract: Permanent

If you have recent, comprehensive sea going experience in a navigation role, and now want to apply your skills and experience to support the maritime community in a different way, then this could be the role for you.

As a Maritime Advisor based at the UK Hydrographic Office, in our award-winning offices in Taunton, Somerset, you will utilise your experience to provide safe, accurate and timely navigational information for the Mariner.  The UKHO is transforming to meet the changing Maritime environment – in this role, you will have the opportunity to share your external user experience to contribute to and support the development of products and services to meet current and future customer needs.   An eye for detail and the ability to write clear, user focused sailing directions are also key requirements for the role.

About UKHO
The UK Hydrographic Office is a leading centre for hydrography, providing marine geospatial data to inform maritime decisions. We work with a wide range of data suppliers and partners to support maritime navigation, safety, security and marine development around the UK and worldwide.

You will initially join our Operations Division, which is made up of four key areas of activity that collectively provide the stewardship, governance, management, analysis and manipulation of our Marine data assets to support our evolution as a Marine Geospatial Information Agency and enable the provision of products and services to meet the needs of our core SOLAS, Defence and new business markets.

The role
Your primary remit will be to assess new information for its impact on Sailing Directions and subsequently produce safe, accurate, clear, comprehensive, timely and up-to-date volumes of Sailing Directions (SDs) and Section IV Notice to Mariners for the maritime customer. You will also provide navigational and maritime input across the range of existing and emerging UKHO products and services, often sharing your acting Maritime expertise as the “voice of the customer”.

You will join a Maritime Advisor team at the B3 level and will then undertake a programme of development. You will be measured against a defined skills and competency framework and, once the required level is reached, normally within 12 – 18 months, you will become a B2 Maritime Advisor.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Assessing new and existing information for its impact on Sailing Directions
  • Working with B2 Maritime Advisors, Publications Editors and Production Technicians to close, prepare, amend and technically edit Sailing Directions volumes for publication
  • Verifying assessments of new information for impact on Sailing Directions
  • Providing mariners’ input to product development (New Charts, New Editions)
  • Providing navigational expertise in response to queries from both internal and external customers

In return

We will actively empower you to develop yourself and provide flexible working practices for a healthy work/life balance. You will also benefit from a brand new award winning office, with use of our on-site gym, free parking and subsidised canteen.


For a full job description, including the assessment criteria, please click the apply button to be taken to our website.

Closing date: 11:55 pm on Thursday 16th July 2020.

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

Please note the post requires the candidate to successfully gain BPSS and SC Clearance.