Senior Tactical Geospatial Products Specialist

UK Hydrographic Office

Do you have experience in assessing and compiling geospatial products?

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small team specialising in providing marine
environment information that is vital to the success of military operations and the protection
of our marine environment.

About the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO)

UKHO is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. We work with a wide range of
data suppliers and partners, surveying and charting the world’s oceans in order to develop and
serve world leading software and data solutions to commercial shipping companies, navies and
maritime organisations. Our products ensure safe navigation and global trade efficiency and
support other marine activities including economic development, environmental protection,
resource exploration and utilisation, scientific research and security and defence.

The role

Senior Tactical Product Specialists are responsible for planning, producing, verifying and
improving world renowned products which allow our defence customers to exploit the maritime
environment during live operations and exercises.

There are currently two roles. One will work with Littoral and Riverine (LitR) products. The
Littoral and Riverine area of Tactical Products combine a wide range of UKHO and external data,
imagery and textual information into bespoke, mission critical products for the defence
customer. Often required at short notice, these products generally enable Royal Navy units to
operate close to the shore to deploy/recover amphibious forces or operate in confined, high
risk areas.

The other role is part of the Additional Military Layers (AMLs) who create electronic layers
which augment ENCs for a range of military operations. The Additional Military Layers area of
Tactical Products manipulate data and information to create bespoke georeferenced layers which
are used alongside ENCs. Whilst conforming to a range of international and evolving standards,
these layers are varied to aid critical decision making in high pressure military operations
and exercises.

Working within a small team of specialists, you will be liaising with other UKHO teams to
combine a wide range of data, imagery and textual information into tactical products and
services. You will also work closely with Defence Product and Services Managers to understand
the customers’ needs. This will inevitably require you to build and maintain a close working
relationship with our customers which will in turn give you a unique opportunity to see your
products in use and play a key role in their development.

As subject matter experts for their products, Senior Tactical Product Specialists will
routinely offer technical insight into their products at national, and occasionally
international events. There is therefore an expectation that postholders will be available for
occasional overseas travel.

About you

The role of a Senior Tactical Products Specialist is a balance of technical expertise and
example setting. To be successful in the role, you will need to have the technical capability
and knowledge to undertake the more complex activity within the team and effectively verify
decisions made by more junior staff, such as providing feedback and guidance in an inclusive
and nurturing way to enable others to build their own capability.

You will also require experience in the examination and assessment of incoming
geospatial/hydrographic data. You will also need experience in the compilation, maintenance and
verification of data and information using ESRI GIS and production tools (for the LitR area) or
CARIS GIS tools (for the AML area).

In return

The UKHO is a great place in which to explore your career potential and make an impact. While
our projects are career-defining, the work/life balance that we can offer you is equally
exceptional. We offer a range of flexible working options, an award-winning office environment
and a generous annual leave allowance of 26.5 days, rising to 31.5 days after 5 years. The
opportunities open to you here are hard to beat!

For a full job description, including the assessment criteria, please click the apply
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Closing date: Monday 26th June 2023

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a
Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates
with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open
competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

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