Head of Harbours opportunity

We are recruiting a new Head of Harbours.

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Ariel view of Whitby Harbour

Welcome

We are at a pivotal point in our history. In April 2023 the 8 councils that served North Yorkshire unified to create geographically the largest council and third largest unitary authority within the country.

The new North Yorkshire Council provides the platform for improving efficiency and effectiveness, maximising opportunities of scale across a rural council whilst improving outcomes for residents and businesses. It places communities at the heart of the council with the aim of being the most local, large council in England whilst ensuring we are in a strong position to manage the challenges ahead including rising costs and increased demand for services.

Devolution deals are enabling regeneration and investment into our great county, including ambitious plans for our maritime sector, pivotal to our North Yorkshire coast.

At an early stage of our new council we are recruiting a new Head of Harbours.

The service

North Yorkshire Council has three harbours at Whitby, Scarborough and Filey on the North Yorkshire coast. The council’s harbours form a part of the local community with significant history and heritage and support a range of users and local industry from commercial fishing through to tourism and leisure craft.

Staffed by a 24/7 team, the harbour is responsible for both land and water areas of jurisdiction extending from circa. Two nautical miles at sea to Ruswarp Weir at Whitby and to the extent of the piers at Scarborough with direction of navigation out to 275 fathoms into South Bay. Within this jurisdiction, the harbours team deal with all matters including safety, traffic management, bridge operations, maintenance, maritime security, and emergency response whilst also taking an active role in the community.

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Whitby Harbour

The role - Head of Harbours

Salary: £55,056 to £63,367 per annum plus relocation support 
Location: Scarborough

Closing date: Tuesday 12 March 2024
Interview date: Tuesday 26 March 2024

As a Head of Harbours, you will be the senior responsible officer for the Harbours Service across three harbours at Whitby, Scarborough, and Filey on the North Yorkshire coast. The council’s harbours form an intrinsic part of the local community with significant history and heritage and support a range of users and local industry from commercial fishing through to tourism and leisure craft.

You will lead and manage the Harbours Service with a sound understanding of both operational and professional fields. Required to deal effectively with complex, confidential, and sensitive situations and provide expert guidance and advice, you will lead the development of the Harbour Strategy and Investment Plan alongside service plans, management of budgets, resource allocation and the setting and delivery of key objectives for the future.

You will be responsible for delivering the council’s functions in relation to Harbours. You will ensure high quality and compliant services in line with relevant legislation and to work closely with key partners to develop Harbours policies and procedures. As the ‘Designated Person’ for the Statutory Harbour Authority you will ensure the harbours operate in a way that fully complies with the legal obligations of relevant Harbours Acts and the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code.

You will ensure that safety of navigation is maintained throughout the harbours and that appropriate security and emergency response procedures are in place. This will include direct management of the Harbour Master and also close liaison with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, North Yorkshire Police, Border Force and the Environment Agency to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the harbours and the coordination and delivery of various emergency response plans relating to pollution, flooding, oil spills, counter terrorism and organised crime.

The council’s harbours are managed on a commercial basis and you will develop commercial strategies and partnerships to maximise income and manage all operations cost effectively to deliver an annual operating surplus.

Operating as Local Authority Ports you will ensure that the principles of good governance, as set out in the Ports Good Governance Guidance, are enshrined within harbour operations. You will perform a strategic and technical advisory role on harbours matters and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders and partners including the harbour users, elected members and the Department for Transport.

Responsible for the development of Harbours initiatives, supporting and delivering transformation and regeneration. Whilst harbour activity is governed to some extent by statute, there is scope for the council to utilise its Harbours to support wider strategic objectives such as economic regeneration, improving the tourism economy and delivery of major events. You will be responsible for ensuring that the council’s approach to harbours is innovative and acts to support the wider strategic agenda whilst maintaining compliance with relevant legislation.

One of the key opportunities you will have in this role is to lead the development of the Harbour Strategy and Investment Plan together with annual service delivery plans. You will:

  • lead and manage the Harbours Service with a sound understanding of both operational and professional fields
  • be required to deal effectively with complex, confidential, and sensitive situations and provide expert guidance and advice
  • lead on the management of budgets, resource allocation, performance management and the delivery of key strategic and operational objectives
  • will ensure the harbours operate in a way that fully complies with the legal obligations of relevant Harbours Acts and the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code
  • develop commercial strategies and partnerships to maximise income and manage all operations cost effectively to deliver an annual operating surplus
  • ensure that the principles of good governance, as set out in the Ports Good Governance Guidance, are enshrined within harbour operations
  • will perform a strategic and technical advisory role on harbours matters and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders and partners including the harbour users, elected members and the Department for Transport be responsible for the development of Harbours initiatives, supporting and delivering transformation and regeneration

The post is politically restricted and is based at Scarborough/Whitby Harbour Office or Scarborough Town Hall.

The post holder will be subject to Counter Terrorism Clearances under the Port Security Regulations 2009.

What will you bring to the role?

You will be an experienced strategic leader with extensive knowledge and experience in the maritime sector, including:

  • significant knowledge of current good practice standards both at local and national level in relation to the maritime sector
  • knowledge of statutory requirements, including equality standards
  • knowledge of effective management of staff, budgets and resources
  • extensive experience of strategic planning, policy development and implementation, and performance management
  • experience of developing and implementing organisational culture change within a large diverse organisation
  • successful management of budgets and staff
  • enterprise skills including ability to develop and sustain effective income generation, drive business cases and create viable business models for public benefit
  • ability to negotiate and influence at a senior level with council chief officers and senior politicians
  • knowledge of the fishing industry and leisure craft/marina sector

What will you gain in return?

This is an important role, with a large remit at an exciting time for you, providing you with a fantastic career enhancing opportunity. You will be welcomed by talent colleagues, passionate about delivering exceptional services to North Yorkshire residents. This really is an exciting time to join us as we look to regenerate and invest in our harbours to ensure they thrive in years to come.

Key documents

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Whitby Harbour

Our vision

We want to build on North Yorkshire’s natural capital, strong local economy and resilient communities, to improve the way local services are delivered and support a good quality of life for all. The council plan 2023 to 2027 sets out the council’s vision, ambitions and priorities for the next four years, as well as the approach we will take to achieve them.

Why work for us

We are strong performing authority, with supportive political leadership, and talented teams providing the platform to have a fulfilling, challenging and successful career in a truly stunning place.

A recent peer challenge found that the council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. Your career can change with your life here in North Yorkshire.

We positively encourage flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a wide variety of locations.

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable and inclusive employer. Find out more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work on our working for us page. You can bring your whole self to work, and we will support you to be the best that you can be.

Our values, behaviours and ambitions underpin everything we do.

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. These include:

  • a local government, career average employer contribution pension scheme
  • family friendly leave
  • salary sacrifice schemes
  • modern flexible working practices
  • learning and development packages
  • career advancement opportunities
  • employee discount benefits including shopping and gym discounts
  • green car and cycle schemes
  • travel loans

You can find more information on the range of benefits we offer on our total rewards page.

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Pier at Whitby beach

Our relocation package

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package.

This features up to £8,000 to cover reasonable costs such as:

  • removal expenses
  • storage costs
  • legal and estate agent fees
  • travelling expenses
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View of the Whitby coast from the beach

Living and working in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work.

North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of outstanding natural parks, national nature reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators. Local areas featured in the top ten included Richmond, Selby and Malton.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.  

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London and Edinburgh are just two hours away by train.

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer including great employment opportunities for your family members, along with a higher proportion of schools which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

You can find out more about what North Yorkshire has to offer on the No place like North Yorkshire website.

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Houses along Whitby coast

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Closing date: Tuesday 12 March 2024
Interview date: Tuesday 26 March 2024

For an informal confidential discussion about these opportunities, please contact either:

Please submit one Word document that details a comprehensive CV, including current salary, and a supporting statement outlining your suitability for the role.

Applications should be emailed to Executive.ResourcingSolutions@northyorks.gov.uk.

It is important that your written application fully addresses the experience criteria as detailed in the person specification.

You should include contact details for at least two referees, one of whom must be your current / most recent employer/engager. If you specifically do not wish referees to be approached without your permission, please indicate this.

We will remove your personal details from your application on receipt to enable anonymised shortlisting, therefore it is important that your application is made using one Word document. Please do not send PDF versions.

Please ensure that you have included both your work and home telephone contact numbers and e-mail addresses where applicable.

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer. You can find out more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work on our working for us page. As part of this we would like you to also complete and submit our  equal opportunities form (docx / 76 KB) when you submit your application. The equal opportunities monitoring information will not be shared and used for monitoring purposes only.

We are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers.