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Marine Management Team Leaders (2 posts)

Ref No: Post 1: 2020/79 - Post 2: 2021/15 (If not applying for both, please state which post you wish to be considered for)
Grade: G7
Type of appointment: Post 1: Permanent - Post 2: Fixed Term (For Fixed Term post – up to 12 months (maternity cover))
Location: Flexible
Team: Marine Management Team

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Note: The Marine Management Team is currently centred in JNCC’s Aberdeen Office. At the present time the whole of JNCC is remote working due to Covid restrictions and we anticipate flexible working into the future. As a result, location flexibility is being offered for these Team Leader posts. At such time as Covid restrictions ease, some time spent in the Aberdeen office may be expected.

The Marine Management Team provides evidence-based advice and services to a wide range of marine regulators, governments, industries and other stakeholders.  The central theme is evaluating the impact of human activities on protected marine wildlife and biodiversity, how to minimise these impacts and advice provision on compliance with legislation designed to protect marine species and habitats.  A substantive element of the work seeks to ensure that the UK network of Marine Protected Areas is maintained in a good state into the future.

The team delivers these advisory services to meet the needs of a range of customers across multiple sectoral areas, including oil & gas exploration, production & decommissioning, marine aggregate extraction, telecommunication cable laying, offshore renewable energy installation, ministry of defence activities, marine planning and commercial fisheries.  Much of this work is done on behalf of governments and public bodies, but JNCC is also diversifying its work into commercial services and academic partnerships.

Between them the post holders will take responsibility for JNCC’s role in advice provision to the customers named above.  Post 1 will have a long-term portfolio focus on oil and gas, aggregates and cables sectors, marine planning and pollution response.  Post 2 will have a portfolio focus on the offshore wind power sector.  While each of the post holders will have focus areas, they will be expected to work closely together to provide overall resilience to the leadership of a dynamic portfolio and will have shared responsibilities for team and corporate management (along with a third team leader who has portfolio responsibility for fisheries advice).

This is an exciting time within marine management, as biodiversity and climate change priorities compete in a busy marine space alongside ambitious government targets for marine renewable energy deployment and other industrial uses of the sea. Marine fisheries are also now in a new era outside the EU and the common fisheries policy, with new domestic legislation making it possible to manage commercial fisheries for conservation in new ways. The oil & gas sector is still very active on the UK continental shelf and is simultaneously embarking on a multi-decal programme of decommissioning ageing assets.

The post holders will be at the forefront of dealing with these issues and contributing towards the goal of sustainable marine development as part of the Marine Management Team. We are looking for people experienced in team leadership with excellent interpersonal skills who can provide clear and visible leadership to a team of specialists with a focus on quality science, technical delivery and advice provision. You should have proven ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and effective manner, including the ability to discuss technical issues with both specialists and non-specialists.  You will be expected to develop external and internal relationships and build consensus to deliver common objectives, to manage the expectations of customers (internal and external) around the services provided by the team, and to represent and promote JNCC at senior level within the UK and internationally. In addition, you will be able to solve problems where there is no precedent and to make decisions by pragmatically weighing up complex issues and risks.




  • Co-lead the Marine Management Team with existing team leader, working seamlessly as co-team leaders in shared team management and corporate responsibilities. Provide resilience across the wider team portfolio both internally and in external representations.
  • Ensure the skills of the team members are fit for purpose, workloads are manageable, a positive culture is maintained, innovation and creativity are encouraged, and performance is managed.
  • Provide intellectual leadership within the team in order to facilitate an improving evidence base for advice provision across industry sectors. The permanent post holder will have a long-term portfolio focus on oil and gas, aggregates and cables sectors, marine planning and pollution response.  The fixed term post holder will have a portfolio focus on the offshore wind sector.
  • Manage staff and financial resources and ensure manageable outcome-focused delivery plans.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with key stakeholders and customers, ensuring JNCC products and services meet their requirements.
  • Ensure effective delivery and development of both Government funded and commercially funded work, including managing contracts and seeking opportunities to diversify services
  • Oversight of JNCC’s 24/7 pollution response advisory function (including participation in the on-call roster where necessary)
  • Track emerging developments in the industry sectors and how JNCC services might be adapted.
  • Ensure that the team operates within JNCC’s standard corporate policies and procedures, surfacing any significant issues through the appropriate corporate mechanisms.


To be a successful candidate you will be:

Educated to masters degree level or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and/or relevant recent practical work experience that provides the following knowledge, experience and behaviours.



To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of marine conservation issues in UK offshore waters and the ways in which potential impacts from relevant industry sectors can be mitigated and managed.
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of UK legislation, policies and assessment processes relevant to the regulation and management of offshore marine industries.
  • Experience in establishing, developing and maintaining strong relationships across a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Experience with the management and leadership of people, in building team culture and managing staff development
  • Experience of developing strategic plans for evolving established and novel work, and experience of leading the initiation of new work areas/ projects
  • Ability to assess complex environmental policy and evidence needs and translate these into evidence-based projects (research or otherwise).
  • Proven experience of contract management and diversification / or service development.



To be a successful candidate you will have to demonstrate the following behaviours:

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


In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour.

Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade ( Level 4 - Grade 7 and 6 or equivalent)

Hours of work:  Full-time

Normal minimum hours of attendance for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday.

Flexi time is available. 


Annual Leave:

The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years service.  There are also 12 days public and privilege leave.  Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years’ service. There are also 12 days public and privilege leave. Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.



£45,564 per annum


Closing date and interview date

The closing date for this post is 09:00 on Monday, 15 March 2021

The anticipated interview dates are Thursday, 08 April 2021 and Friday 09 April 2021

If you successfully reach the interview stage, you will be asked to give a 5-7 minute presentation (details of this will be sent to candidates before interview).

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