DfT/531/17/MCA. Senior Aeronautical Operations Officer

Maritime and Coastguard Agency
24876.00 - 26120.00 GBP Annual
04 Jul 2017
18 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you have experience of working with Air assets or the deployment of air rescues? Do you have excellent coordination skills with the ability to engage effectively with key stakeholders? If so, this is an exciting opportunity for a Senior Aeronautical Operations Officer to join our HM Coastguard's National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC).

HM Coastguard's National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) provides the function of the UK Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) as required by International Treaty obligations and UK national requirements. Search and Rescue (SAR) coordination of all aviation assets and the tasking, deployment and coordination of UK aviation SAR assets within the air, land and sea areas of the UK Search and Rescue Region (UK SRR) is the primary purpose of this function.

Role Responsibilities:

• To coordinate the response to aviation incidents and those incidents requiring SAR aviation assets, as assigned to them by the AOC to support Maritime, Aeronautical and inland SAR requests
• To identify, task and deploy the most suitable SAR aviation asset following any request for SAR aircraft assistance from an authorised coordinating authority (UK Police, Fire, Ambulance or Coastguard and foreign SAR services) after determining if the request is a relevant and appropriate use of the asset(s)
• Once SAR aviation assets are deployed the SAOO will coordinate all aeronautical aspects of that incident
• To maintain accurate records of SAR tasking for legal and statistical requirements
• Being responsible and accountable for own continuous personal development by participating in training, exercises and team assessments, and undertaking mandatory work

About you
You will have strong coordination and communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders including Aviators and Mariners. You should have operational experience of working with Air assets or deployment of air rescues.

O'Level/GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths is an essential requirement.

You must not have been dismissed by the MCA within the past 24 months for failure to pass the required training for operational posts within HM Coastguard.

Special Requirements:

Based in the National Maritime Operations Centre you will be required to work 24/7 shifts and also periodically rotate out of the watch rota in order to undertake wider project or developmental work.

You will be required to attend formal training events and this may require spending time away from home and the normal workplace.

Periodic travel to support the short notice establishment of a combined tactical air cell, should the need arise. This is anticipated to be for a minimal duration and could be located anywhere within the UK as required.

You will be subject to health standard requirements.

You should use the Civil Service Competency Framework, referring to the relevant competency definitions for the grade advertised. The Indicators listed on the attached document have been identified as most appropriate; please ensure that the evidence in your application meets the requirements of the role.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

Applicants should also use the attached additional competency framework and refer to the competency definitions within.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
Leading and communicating Making effective decisions Delivering at pace Managing a quality service HM Coastguard Technical Framework - Aeronautical Asset Allocation HM Coastguard Technical Framework - Capabilities and Constraints HM Coastguard Technical Framework - Airmanship
You must provide evidence against the following on your application form:
Leading and communicating Making effective decisions Delivering at pace Managing a quality service HM Coastguard Technical Framework - Aeronautical Asset Allocation
Civil Service Competency Framework


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent.

The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements.

You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.


Night Working GBP2000, Rotating Shift GBP2000, Public Holidays GBP1000 totalling GBP5000 per annum.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details
After submission of your application you will be invited to complete three online tests (Situational Judgement test, Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning ).

You must be successful at each stage to progress to the next test. Please complete the online tests as soon as possible the closing date for the tests is Midnight on 26/07/2017.

Guidance for each test will be available when you are invited to take the test.

The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

Some applicants may have difficulty using the tests, for different reasons.

While the tests should work on most operating systems and modern browsers with a good internet connection, we cannot guarantee that every combination will work.

At the beginning, the test will check what browser you are using, and alert you if it is likely to be incompatible.

You CANNOT complete the Tests on a mobile phone or tablet.

For Online Test information please refer to attachments below.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Salary: 24,876 - 26,120. Date posted: 04/07/2017