Head of Partnering and Engagement (Europe and Mediterranean)

UK Hydrographic Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 12th February 2023



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Rising to £55,467 upon development into Grade 7 (further information in short summary). Further pay information can be found in the attached Document “Additional Pay Information”.

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer
Developing onto a Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

UKHO - Data Acquisition

Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



Taunton, Somerset, South West

Job summary

Working within the Global Partnering and Engagement team, the Head of Partnering and Engagement (Europe and Mediterranean) – HoPE (EM) – is responsible for developing and building business arrangements with a wide range of data partners across the Europe and Mediterranean area including National Hydrographic Offices, academia and industry for delivery of data and permissions on the best possible terms for UKHO. Other HoPE colleagues perform the same function across other regions, working as a team to ensure that the UKHO has access to the data and products required to meet the organisation’s objectives. 

Please note, this role is being offered as a development role. As such, a programme of training and mentorship will be offered to the successful applicant, tailored to meet their needs. Specific, measurable development milestones will be agreed for the successful applicant and regular monitoring will take place. The intention will be for the successful applicant to attain substantive C2 grade within approximately 12 months of appointment.

We offer hybrid working and a mixture of working from home and the office is common across the team. Some tasks (for example, receiving international visitors) will require you to be in the office, where other tasks may be achieved working mainly at home.


Job description

The successful candidate will negotiate, establish and foster new and existing data supply arrangements with partner hydrographic authorities and all other data providers in the Europe and Mediterranean region in support of UKHO corporate objectives.  Additionally, you will act as the UKHO regional expert, providing advice to data partners and UKHO colleagues at all levels. 

Responsibilities will include: 

  • Formulation and ownership of the Europe and Mediterranean regional engagement and data supply strategy;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with existing and new data partners to secure new data and permissions and ensure continuation of existing supply on the best possible terms for UKHO;
  • Within the context of marine geospatial data and relationship management, understanding the range of regional factors including political, economic, environment and social issues, and providing advice to UKHO staff at all levels
  • Monitoring relevant innovation in region and reporting back to HQ.
  • Acting as an advocate for UKHO and representing the organisation at appropriate national/international conferences and events including relevant Regional Hydrographic Commissions (RHCs).    

Person specification

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

  • An ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders to discern and determine political and commercial objectives. (Seeing the bigger picture)
  • Demonstrable influencing skills, diplomacy and credibility to be the UKHO’s advocate for this region. (Communicating and Influencing)
  • Adaptability and discernment to understand and relate plans, processes and operations between different organisations and to propose plans and/or business cases as appropriate (Working Together)
  • An ability to build strong business relationships and deliver negotiated outcomes for all parties. (Managing a Quality Service)
  • A track record of identifying, managing and driving your professional and personal development (Developing Self and Others)
  • An evidenced technical understanding of geospatial data and experience of working in the geospatial industry, in particular the production and use of maritime products for civil and defence purposes

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.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together

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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

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

  • Technical understanding of geospatial data

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.

Selection process details

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

How to Apply:

To apply please click on Apply Now at the bottom of this page.  You will be asked to upload a copy of your anonymised CV.  This is for information purposes only.  You will also be asked to provide evidence on how you meet the Civil Service Behaviours and technical skills outlined below.



  • Advert Closes for applications: 12th February 2023
  • Shortlisting will take place week commencing 13th February 2023
  • Interviews will take place week commencing 20th February 2023

Sift/Shortlist Criteria: 

All applications are processed anonymously. You will be short-listed against the following criteria: 

Civil Service Behaviours (Level 3):

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical Skills:

  • Outline your technical understanding of geospatial data 

Interview Criteria: 

You will be interviewed against the following essential criteria

Civil Service Behaviours:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others-(via Presentation)

Technical Skills:

  • Technical understanding of geospatial data 

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


  • 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 last approx. 60 mins
  • The interview will include a presentation, details of which will be sent to those who are invited to interview


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. 

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


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.
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 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

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