The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) plays a vital role in the UK’s maritime Defence
capability and supporting safe navigation at sea. As an agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD)
and a world-leading supplier of navigational charts and publications, we are at the forefront of
hydrographic digital product development and services to the worldwide maritime community.
To support the acquisition and use hydrographic information and its processing into navigational
products and services.
This role provides support to Mapping and Charting Officers (MCO) within various parts of the
Operations Division, in activities concerned with the production of navigational charts and
publications. The post holder delivers routine work within specified standards and timescales using
general guidance often supplemented by more specific instructions.
Monitoring the announcement of Foreign Government Hydrographic (FGHO) products, such as
new and revised charts (New Charts and New Editions) and raising orders as required.
Updating branch records and archiving cancelled copies of FGHO products.
Receiving information from Source Data Receipt section and downloading information such as
Foreign Government Notices to Mariners and chart reprint files from the internet.
Completing initial checking of incoming FGHO products for identification of content differences
between old and new editions for example.
Typing Notices to Mariners (NMs), using supplied drafts and adhering to composition rules,
marking up standard copies of each chart (the ‘Blue Standard’) accordingly.
Assembling paperwork for new editions of UKHO products and carrying out preparatory tasks,
e.g. requesting information from contributory specialist branches.
Using production systems to complete rules-based editing of UKHO products. For example,
use of Raster editing techniques to make changes to chart borders, titles, notes and areas of
Proof reading documents.
Completing general administrative tasks.
PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED MIGHT INCLUDE:
The Carto Assistant can be expected to be moved to other sections and areas, and this will
require a degree of flexibility and the ability to adapt to different processes, content, and ways of
The support work is concerned with navigationally significant information, the initial checking
and assessment of received information can, because of its volume, become tedious. Results
must be properly captured and displayed for review and subsequent use by other team
members. Concentration and attention to detail is required to maintain consistent quality of all
When downloading information from the internet it is necessary to check that files are complete
and useable. If not, some analysis of the problem is required in order to resolve it and provide a
senior team member with the information they need if necessary to take the problem further.
Specialist software applications (such as POLAR and SDRA) may be used for plotting received
information, researching information about lights, wrecks etc. and assembling evidence about
inconsistent or conflicting information for assessment by a senior team member.
It is important that Notices to Mariners or any consequential actions are drafted accurately.
Care is required to ensure that geographical positions are recorded correctly. Whilst draft NMs
will be checked, an excessive error rate adds to the overall timescale and should be avoided.
When assembling information in support of production work, care is required to ensure that the
latest version of each document is used.
Concentration and accuracy is required when editing chart raster files. Data to be deleted is
often in very close proximity to data that is to be retained; it is essential that required deletions
are properly executed and don’t affect data to be retained.
Navigational products and services adhere to UKHO and international specifications which
evolve over time. It is necessary to develop knowledge and understanding of these
specifications for many aspects of the Carto support work.
Personal attributes required:
Enjoys working as an integral member of a team
Able to follow instructions and specifications, and work within established processes and
Able to problem-solve
Good interpersonal skills
Able to maintain a good standard of work when undertaking routine and repetitive tasks
Demonstrates a good eye for detail
Methodical and able to clearly document own work
Flexible and adaptable
Willing to gain experience in a number of different positions
At ease with use of IT systems
Good IT skills: word processing, spreadsheet, email and internet
The ability to learn and apply new software
The ability to work accurately
The ability to adapt to change in areas of work and processes.
The ability to work as part of a team
Good written and verbal communication skills
Experience or familiarity of cartography
Basic knowledge of UKHO and its navigational products and services
Experience of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) particularly in the manipulation and
editing of Raster and Vector images.
The salary is paid monthly by credit transfer to an approved bank or building society.
(For established Civil Servants, starting pay may be determined under the rules for starting pay on
promotion; other rules will apply for those serving on a casual basis or on a period appointment.)
Normally a 5-day week of 42 hours, including lunch intervals. There is also an option to participate
in a flexible working hours scheme.
The annual allowance is 25 days on entry, rising to 27 days after 5 years and 30 days after 10
years service. In addition, all staff receives 8 days public holidays and 2½ privilege days taken at
fixed times of the year.
The appointment will be covered by Civil Service Pensions. The CSP provides benefits within the
benefits and contribution limits set out by the Inland Revenue. You may be able to choose between
two pension arrangements: Nuvos or the Partnership Pension Account. You do not have to join the
Civil Service Pension arrangements; you may opt out and be covered instead by a personal
pension or the State Second Pension (S2P). Further information will be provided to successful
OTHER BENEFITS INCLUDE
Paid and unpaid maternity/paternity leave, paid adoption leave and access to the workplace
Access to the workplace gymnasium.
This is a Ministry of Defence non-reserved post, for which applicants must be British citizens,
citizens of the Irish Republic, a Commonwealth state or EEA nations. Successful applicants will
require security clearance, you will, therefore, need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 5
Completed application forms to be sent to The HR Recruitment Team, Walker 21, United Kingdom
Hydrographic Office, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2DN or via e-mail to
email@example.com. The receipt of application forms will only be acknowledged if a stamped
addressed envelope is provided.
Closing Date: 06 September 2012
Applications will be screened initially by means of a sift board. Those candidates who fulfil the sift
criteria will be invited to interview. It is essential that application forms give a full but concise
description of the nature, extent and level of responsibilities held. The interview will last about 40/45
minutes and will usually be conducted by 3 interviewers, whose questions will mainly be on subjects
connected with work experience as well as relevant topics of general interest. The aim will be to
gain an insight into candidates’ ability to communicate their personal and interpersonal skills and
intellectual, technical and professional ability.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office will carry out enquiries about age and nationality, health
and other matters, to ensure that successful candidates are qualified for appointment. Only when
enquiries are completed satisfactorily, will the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office make a formal
offer of appointment.
The Civil Service is an equal opportunity employer. It is Government Policy to provide equal
opportunity for employment, career development and promotion in the Civil Service to all who
are eligible, on the basis of ability, qualifications and fitness for work. Applications are welcome
from all suitably qualified individuals irrespective of race, gender or marital status.