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Ports and VTS Policy Manager   

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

Ports and VTS Policy Manager

Are you a Maritime Professional with a background in ports, looking for a role where you can influence Ports and Vessel Safety both in the UK and on an international platform?

Do you have exceptional communication skills and want to provide an excellent service to a wide spectrum of the UK’s maritime stakeholders?

Do you want to work within a successful and inclusive, multi-disciplinary team as the subject matter expert, where your decisions directly contribute to the safety of ports and the conduct of VTS in UK waters?

Does your job matter? What we do matters!  

Job Description

As the Ports/VTS Policy Manager, you will be a key member of the ‘Navigation Safety Branch’ (NSB) team. The successful candidate will have ownership over the UK’s VTS Policy and will work with DfT to enact their Port Policy and health check program. This is a vacancy in which the holder will have a real time impact on the safety of mariners and port users and will have a hand in shaping international regulations for VTS/VTM at both IMO and IALA.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

The right candidate will be able to evidence a good working knowledge of the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) and a basic understanding of the principles of VTS. Further training and exposure to VTS can be given in the form of V103 course, VTS acquaint trips, VTS audit training etc. The role requires excellent written and verbal skills and the ability to influence outcomes via negotiation and communication. The holder will be the MCA’s ambassador to our valued ports and VTS stakeholders and as such must be able to win their confidence and trust.

The role also requires travel to ports, VTS Centers and VTS Training Centers within the UK and periodic international travel to IALA events. Yearly attendance at IMO is also a feature of the role. This activity will be undertaken in conjunction with the VTS/Ports advisor, who will be the post holders single direct report.

Remote working or Home working may be available for the right candidate provided that, office space in an MCA facility (Marine Office etc.) can be found within practical commutable distance of the candidate. Candidates requesting this option will be required to attend MCA HQ for an initial induction period lasting 3 weeks.

Why choose Navigation Safety Branch?

We aim to attract 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 Ports and VTS Policy Manager, 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.