Policy & Professional Engagement Manager

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

Competitive, based on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.imarest.org [email protected] Karlie Wagner

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Sunday, 28th February 2021   3 days left

This is a fantastic opportunity for a talented and ambitious marine professional, with both technical and policy experience, to join the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) to lead the Institute’s policy and professional engagement activities across existing and emerging maritime and marine areas – all in support of our vision of a world where marine resources and activities are sustained, managed and developed for the benefit of humanity.

The role will play a fundamental part in representing and managing the IMarEST’s relationships and engagement with governments, intergovernmental organisations (including the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)), non-governmental organisations and professional bodies, where the IMarEST and its global membership help to provide policy makers with neutral, objective technical advice.

The role will also lead the strategic development of the Institute’s professional engagement activities, with a particular focus on engaging student and early career professionals; championing of equality, diversity and inclusion in marine disciplines; helping marine professionals to achieve professional registration; and encouraging and enabling the continuing professional development (CPD) of IMarEST members, located in more than 120 countries and at sea. This requires close collaboration with strategic partners around the world, as well as working with Executive teams and committed volunteers from across the Institute.

The role ultimately will help to enhance the visibility of the IMarEST in support of its mission to be the international organisation of choice for all concerned with marine resources and activities, by providing professional leadership, upholding standards, and developing and sharing knowledge based upon integrity, quality and fairness.

The ideal candidate will be a committed marine engineer or technologist with experience of international representation or policy engagement in marine or maritime forums, and an understanding of the public benefit that professional institutes and learned societies bring to society and the environment.

Main Responsibilities:

  1. Provide representation and lead engagement activities at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and other Inter-Governmental Organisations, policy and regulatory forums or committees that the Institute is involved with, and at exhibitions or conferences worldwide, as may be required by the Head of Technical, Policy & Content (TP&C).
  2. Lead on the development of, and support for, professional and policy campaigns, which involve working with champions from the IMarEST membership, and external partners, to build stakeholder communities and deliver engagement activities within regions and across sectors.
  3. Lead the strategic development of the Institute’s professional development activities. This includes the uptake and use of the Institute’s professional development platform “IMarEST Echo” by members for engaging in CPD, providing professional or technical input into content, events, training and education programmes being developed by the Institute and its partners.
  4. Work independently and with appropriate IMarEST departments to identify and develop income generating opportunities around policy and professional engagement activities.
  5. Through the engagement with and encouragement of IMarEST Branch and Special Interest Group (SIG), support the continued growth in IMarEST Branch and SIG activities, and their potential for professional engagement, technical knowledge sharing, membership growth and retention.
  6. Support the strategic development and delivery of the IMarEST’s Early Careers strategy.
  7. Ensure collaboration, close working and support to other teams across the business.

Other Responsibilities:

  1. External engagement and representation of the Institute at key forums.
  2. This post does not include any full-time line management responsibility, however on an ad hoc basis, you may be expected to work with HR to recruit interns to the TP&C function, develop their work plan and manage their internship.
  3. The post holder may be required to:
    1. undertake additional or other duties as necessary to meet the needs of the Institute
    2. work remotely from home as maybe necessary
    3. work hours which sit outside of a standard working day
    4. travel within the UK and internationally as part of the role
  4. The post holder must be legally entitled to work in the UK.
  5. As a term of your employment you may from time to time be required to undertake additional or other duties as necessary to meet the needs of the Institute.
  6. This Job Description is subject to your Contract of Employment which, in the event of conflict, shall take precedence. Your job description may be reviewed and amended in the light of any changes to the Institute as appropriate.

Person Specification

The required skills, qualifications, experience or other attributes needed to carry out the role are identified in the tables below. Please be aware that your application will be measured against these criteria.

The selection panel will be looking for clear evidence and examples in your cover letter and/or CV, which support any assertions you make in relation to each of the criteria below.


  • University Degree qualified or equivalent experience in Marine Engineering, Technology, Naval Architecture or similar
  • Evidence of on-going professional development (e.g. professional registration / certification)

Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience of international representation or policy engagement in marine or maritime forums
  • Proven track record of managing long-term relationships with internal and external stakeholders for a period of 5 years or more
  • Results orientated and an integral part in developing strategic solutions which have improved performance
  • Proven track record of managing complex and business projects/processes at the same time
  • Experience of effective budget management
  • Experience of working in a complex organisation, providing professional advice to a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of producing a range of reports for technical and non-techical audiences


  • Proven track record of effective and efficient administration
  • Active championing and promotion of professional values and commitment to an organisation’s success
  • Ability to establish networks and create opportunities for engagement and involvement
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities and act decisively
  • Strong interpersonal skills combined with the ability to engage, influence and communicate in a clear and compelling way to different audiences
  • Ability to see the bigger picture as well as the detail and set a clear direction and goals in line with an organisation’s priorities
  • Ability to give clear advice to colleagues and stakeholders at all levels and to interpret policies correctly and constructively so as to help the Institute achieve its objectives
  • Ability to plan and budget
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong attention to detail

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to form successful relationships
  • Confident, challenging and self-sufficient
  • Credibility with members, staff and stakeholders
  • Ability to influence staff and volunteers, who may have different priorities, to achieve common goals
  • Ability to work flexibly and under own initiative to achieve objectives
  • Commitment to personal development
  • Willingness to challenge and be challenged

How to apply

Please send a CV & covering letter to [email protected] by 28 February 2021.

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