Director of Operations

Marine Management Organisation


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    27 February 2022

  • Client

    Marine Management Organisation

Ref: GSe78355.1

Driven by government’s aim for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas, MMO’s purpose is to protect and enhance our precious marine environment, and support UK economic growth by enabling sustainable marine activities and development. We are the independent regulator for England’s seas, professionally delivering service-focussed outcomes for our customers through our team of 400 colleagues located across the UK. Working as an accountable, innovative, inclusive and engaging organisation, our values guide us as we seek to deliver sustainability, protect marine habitats and administer support to critical parts of UK industry. This is a really exciting time to join the MMO as we become an independent coastal state, embedding new repatriated functions and services with an increased focus on the protection and enhancing of the marine environment.

The Director of Operations role is a key role within the MMO senior leadership team reporting to our Chief Executive and responsible for nearly half of our workforce. The role holder will provide a critical contribution to the delivery of MMO ambitions by ensuring effective, efficient and outcome focused delivery across our fisheries management, marine protection and assurance services. You will be directly responsible for delivery on the ground, through managing and leading national geographically dispersed teams, spread across 17 locations in coastal rural locations, supporting customers in accessing support to enable them to meet statutory and regulatory compliance. This role will provide strong and supportive leadership to around 190 colleagues which include both marine specialists and generalists in delivering our services and shaping the future of our seas.

You will be an experienced leader of multi-functional, multi-site operational services with a demonstrable track record of driving improvement in service performance and employee engagement. You will be comfortable building strong working relationships with our key enforcement partners and industry, alongside an ability to engage effectively with board and executive team colleagues. Whilst this experience does not need to have been gained within the marine environment, you will display an interest and affinity to the work we do and to the environment we serve. Culture is as critical as capability, and you will lead in a way that reflects personal values in line with our own as an organisation.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
27th February 2022

Long listing
End of w/c 28th February 2022

Preliminary interviews
w/c 7th March 2022

Short listing
w/c 21st March 2022

Final panel
w/c 28th March 2022

How to apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation no later than 23:55 on Sunday 27th February 2022:

•A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years;

•A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification;

•A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way. The completion of the Diversity Monitoring Form is mandatory but it includes the option ‘prefer not to say’.

Please note that all applications will be anonymised to ensure fairness at the preliminary sifting stage.

Further Information

If you have any questions about applying for this role please contact:

Name: Matt Malone, GatenbySanderson