See job eligibility requirements: Hydrographic Programmes Officer

UK Hydrographic Office

Taunton, UK 🇬🇧

Somerset, UK 🇬🇧

Reference number: 255135
Salary: £34,369, Further information can be found in the attached Document “Additional Pay Information”.
Job grade: Higher Executive Officer
Contract type: Permanent
Business area: UKHO – Data Acquisition
Type of role: Operational Delivery, Project Delivery, Science, Other
Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time
Number of jobs available: 1

Location

Taunton, Somerset, South West

About the job

Job summary

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a world-leading agency providing the most comprehensive range of marine geospatial information across the globe. This information is used by for the primary purpose of safe navigation and global trade efficiency, but also supports other marine activities including economic development, environmental protection, resource exploration and utilisation, scientific research and security and defence.

The Hydrographic Programmes team are continuing to expand and require an additional Hydrographic Programmes Officer to support data collection and other collaboration programmes to ensure the successful delivery of the UKHOs corporate plan. The Hydrographic Programmes are part of the wider Data Acquisition Division, and work closely with many other teams across the UKHO to ensure the successful delivery of activity on a worldwide basis.

The post provides support to the Head of Hydrographic Programmes (HHP), and to the Hydrographic Programmes/Project Managers (HPM), in the delivery of this portfolio.

This is a truly rewarding role with fantastic opportunities for advancement, for occasional travel and engagement, well suited to people with a passion for seabed mapping.

Job description

This post is responsible for maintaining the Hydrographic Programmes (HP) Team Geographical (Geospatial) Information System (GIS), conducting research, coordinating input from wider UKHO stakeholders and collating draft technical visit reports and briefing notes in fulfilment of discrete projects. The post holder will assist the HP Team in the operational delivery and management of programmes and projects and making representations on their behalf at various fora, both national and international, as required, as well as helping to plan and deliver meetings effectively.

Responsibilities

These will include: 

  • Maintain the Hydrographic Programmes GIS database:
  • Support HPM’s in Programme management and governance duties, including helping to run and deliver effective meetings and stakeholder engagement.
  • Produce outline draft reports ahead of technical assessment activities.
  • Provide support to the Hydrographic Programmes team in the development of policy papers and funding bids.
  • Business case development for new projects and complex multi-stranded international programmes.
  • Deputise and act as point of contact whilst travelling staff are overseas.

Person specification

Please note that we will only score against the sift and interview criteria and not the essential and desirable information below.

We are seeking motivated individuals to join the with the following characteristics:

  • Confidence/ability to work with staff at all levels & build strong working relationships.
  • Effective communications skills in all media; an effective negotiator.
  • Displays tact, diplomacy, sound judgement and professional self-confidence borne out of experience.
  • The ability to organise and prioritise work.
  • Excellent numeracy and literacy skills to undertake a range of tasks including the ability to produce concise, clear and coherent reports.
  • The ability to adapt to and embrace change. 

Essential Technical/Functional Skills and Experience

  • High level of literacy and proven technical report writing skills.
  • To be an established geospatial analyst with proven experience of managing and application of a GIS, preferably in a marine context.
  • Recognised GIS training and/or equivalent experience
  • Displays tact, diplomacy, sound judgement and professional self-confidence borne out of experience.
  • An interest and sound understanding of international affairs and geopolitical sensitivity.
  • Confident in delivering briefings to stakeholders and facilitating engagement.
  • Ability to work off site and on occasion to undertake international travel.
  • Knowledge of navigational products and their practical application.

More information, including the desirable criteria for this role, can be found in the job description attached at the bottom of this advert.

Things you need to know

SC – non reserved
This is a Ministry of Defence non-reserved post and although open to UK, British Commonwealth and European Economic Area nationals, successful applicants will require a security clearance (SC) and therefore need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 12 consecutive months within the last 5 years.

Behaviours

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Working Together

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • You will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge, experience and understanding of how a GIS can be used to organise and information as well as create plans. You will also need to demonstrate a high competency in report writing, spreadsheets and related to

Benefits

At the UK Hydrographic Office, it’s very important to us that our people feel valued. 

We offer a huge range of benefits such as training and development, well-being support, flexible/ homeworking, a fantastic state of the art building, high spec equipment, and so much more. 

See our attached Candidate Pack for more details.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Selection process details 

How to Apply:

You will be asked to upload a copy of your CV.  Please can this be no more than 2 pages.  We will be using your CV for information purposes only and it will not be scored.

Timeline:

  • Advert Closes for applications: 8th January 2023
  • Shortlisting date: w/c 9th January 2023
  • Interviews will take place: w/c 16th January 2023

Sift Criteria:

Applications will be sifted against the following criteria:

Civil Service Behaviour (Level 3):

  • Working Together

Experience

  • You will be asked to complete a Statement of Suitability of up to 500 words.  Please use this to explain how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience, as defined in your CV, provide evidence of your suitability for the role against the essential and, where appropriate, the desirable criteria.

Interview Criteria:

You will be interviewed against the following essential criteria:

Civil Service Behaviours (Level 3)

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service 

Technical

  • You will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge, experience and understanding of how a GIS can be used to organise and information as well as create plans.  You will also need to demonstrate a high competency in report writing, spreadsheets and related tools.

You will also be asked to give a verbal brief during your interview.  Information relating to this will be provided to you 1 hour before your interview but it will involve the importance of hydrography. 

See here for further information: Success Profiles – Civil Service Behaviours (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Process:  

  • Single Stage Interview via TEAMS. You will be contacted to book a suitable slot if you are shortlisted (see our Candidate Pack for further information)
  • Interview will be with a panel of no more than 3 people and will involve a presentation as outlined above. 

Onboarding Checks:

In the event you are offered a role with us, you will be required to go through Basic Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks which will include Employment and Right to Work Checks. You will also need to apply for SC (Security Checked) Clearance, but you may be able to start your role before gaining this.  Please see our attached Candidate Pack for further details and Terms. 

Further Information 

The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk  If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk or view more details at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

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

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Apply and further information

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk
  • Email :recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email :recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk

Further information

The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the UKHO’s Recruitment Team, Human Resources, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN or email recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk , in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at: Email: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk or in writing to: Civil Service Commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

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