Ministry of Defence Royal Navy
King’s Harbour Master, HMNB Portsmouth
About the job
His Majestys Naval Base Portsmouth (HMNBP) has been an integral part of the city since 1194. It is home to almost two-thirds of the Royal Navy’s surface ships, including the new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth; HMS Prince of Wales; the formidable Type 45 destroyers; Type 23 frigates; and mine countermeasures and fishery protection squadrons.
The base is a major employer and provides lodging facilities to RN personnel serving at the base and in Portsmouth-based ships.
HMNBP is one of three naval bases providing enabling support as part of the nations defence strategy. In doing so, HMNBP seeks to improve through science and technology to strengthen its security and defence at home and overseas. This requires continuous improvements in building capacity, capability and resilience through its people. It is the home base for assigned ships and ships companies preparing for operations. A key component of achieving this support is the ability to deliver the full range of increasingly sophisticated engineering support services. The unique employment opportunities offered are varied, challenging and exciting and support Navy Commands role to generate and operate forces for today and to ensure we are ready for tomorrow by developing and delivering the Navy of the future. Navy Command provides an open, flexible and supportive work environment and Civil Servants, Contractors and Armed Forces personnel work together in a wealth of interesting and challenging jobs in different disciplines.
The Kings Harbour Master (KHM) Portsmouth is the de facto harbour authority for the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth, responsible for the safe and effective operation of the port primarily for the benefit of the Ministry of Defence. As part of this, KHM is responsible for oversight of the elements of the Defence Marine Services contract delivered in Portsmouth. These services include the provision of towage, passenger transfer services, together with a range of afloat logistic and vessel support services such as delivery of fuels and other liquids and tank cleaning.
The Marine Services Superintendent Portsmouth (MSS P) provides support in performance management and assurance for HMNB Portsmouth afloat tasks on behalf of KHM Portsmouth and Defence Marine Services as part of a dedicated, high quality and customer focused team. Duties include acting as the Intelligent Customer for Marine Services and ensuring that the contractor provides a quality service and gives value for money. The post is responsible for overseeing and ensuring that the contractor complies with all maritime legislation / port safety codes and in concert with the Port Operations Manager acts as a focal point for deconfliction and concurrency management on behalf of the many stakeholders who draw on the Marine Services contract. This will on occasion require that the post holder is available on an on call basis during silent hours and weekends. The post holder will be the Portsmouth Dockyard Port (local authority) lead for inputting into the detailed requirement setting and will contribute to related procurement activity needed to support Defence Marine Services work to re-let the Marine Services provision under the Next Generation MS project.
Navy Command are currently going through a review and there is a possibility that within 6-12 months the role applied for may be subject to change.
This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.
The Marine Services Superintendent Portsmouth is responsible for the satisfactory performance of the following tasks:Be responsible for the provision of professional Marine Services (MS) advice and provide intelligent customer support to KHM and DMS.Monitoring, oversight and assessment of the Contractors performance against the MS contract.Oversight of the Contractors FLEET system, and to assess and report on any details of mitigation for non-compliance with the contract.In liaison with the Port Operations Manager act as co-ordinating authority on de-confliction and prioritising of towage and pilot boat tasking when necessary. In liaison with Base Services act as coordinating authority on de-confliction of other MS deliverables.Manage Additional Tasking requirements, raising necessary requests for contract action, providing assurance of value for money.To work jointly with the MS Contractor to identify any scope for improvement, and forward to KHM and DMS for consideration.Acknowledge and authorise requests by the MS Contractor to undertake Third Party work, and to ensure such opportunities and financial benefits are captured within the FLEET system.Provide Navy Command with a monthly MOD fuel account record.Chair the CPMS Local Performance Working Group meetings and attend other local and HQ programme and contract meetings as directed, and as required in the management of the contract.Be departmental lead on Portsmouth input to the Next Generation MS project (re-let of Defence marine Services contract).Liaise with DMS with regard to any MOD dependencies requested by the MS contractor.To assist DMS and the Contractor to correctly interpret the requirements of the Naval certification authorities for Explosives, Nuclear Safety, and underway passenger transfer.Responsible to KHM for providing 2nd party oversight and local management of safety and environmental assurance in accordance with the DMS safety management plan and MOD S&EP governance process.Represent DMS on trials to introduce vessels into service OPS 408 process.Ensure compliance with Affected Services protocol for Portsmouth Vessels.To deputise for KHM at appropriate meetings and forums.To undertake other reasonable tasking as required by KHM.If you need to contact Defence Business Services (DBS) regarding this vacancy, please indicate that your vacancy is being handled by Resourcing Team 1.
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As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.
The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.
The successful post holder will be comfortable communicating and engaging with a wide audience base including senior civil servant and military officers both within Navy Command and across the MOD. The post holder will understand the importance of exploring different styles and methods of communication and adapting to meet the needs of stakeholder management. The post holder will work across team boundaries and MOD organisational structures.
The post requires knowledge of the port marine industry, together with a working knowledge of the operational and logistic requirements of the Royal Navy. Knowledge of how the interface between commercial maritime organisations and the MOD works would be beneficial.
The role is Portsmouth based, but there may be occasional requirements to travel to other locations in the UK, and even overseas. Therefore the successful candidate must hold or be willing to obtain a valid UK passport.
It would also be desirable for the successful candidate to have a Full UK Driving Licence.
Applicants must be able to apply previous knowledge of the marine industry to support the work undertaken. They will be expected to demonstrate experience in one or more areas such as design, construction, survey, maritime operations and administration.
Marine professional staff at MSO1 level should have at least one of the following Deck, Engineering or academic qualifications:
a. MCA recognised STCW II/2 Master unlimited Certificate of Competency; or MCA recognised STCW III/2 Chief Engineer unlimited Certificate of Competency; or
b. Foundation Degree/HND or higher in either: Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Marine Operations or Port Operations; or
c. Royal Navy Command Qualification 1 (CQ1); or
d. Royal Navy Marine Engineering Charge Qualification as Head of Department.
Evidence of qualification will be required at interview.
All qualifications/licences declared must be held at point of application and if applicable be in date.
Equivalent Qualifications will not be accepted.
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