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National Physical Laboratory

NPL

Creating impact from science and engineering

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, NPL develops and maintains the national primary measurement standards. From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. 

Our world-leading measurement solutions are critical to business and government, accelerating research and innovation, improving quality of life and enabling trade. We ensure our cutting-edge measurement science has a positive impact in the real world.

Our vision is to develop an exemplary National Laboratory, promoting excellence in science and engineering that promotes extraordinary impact through improved employee diversity and an inclusive environment and culture at all levels of the organisation; enabling every employee to feel valued and to excel in their chosen field.

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Values

Our values are the common thread that shapes the way we work with each other and our clients, how we celebrate success and how we go about achieving our mission to provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK’s prosperity and quality of life.

They form part of the recruitment and selection process; you can expect that we will ask you competency-based questions in interviews, specifically linked to our values. We use them to shape many of the ways in which we interact, including how we provide feedback to each other, how we develop people and what we celebrate.

We recognise and celebrate our employees, either as individuals or teams, who are living our values through outstanding behaviour and achievements. Employees may be awarded:

On-the-spot thanks - these are a ‘thank you’ to an individual or team to recognise a great job, a particular project or a behaviour that exemplifies our values.

Our values awards - these reward employees whose contribution and/or behaviour is exceptional in the context of our values. This might occur over a sustained period or could be a one-off.

"Our values express the behaviours we want to encourage and celebrate here at NPL, they prompt us when we are interacting with others, when we are thinking about the new science we want to undertake and when we’re getting involved in new ventures."

Peter Thompson - NPL CEO

 

Life at NPL

NPL is a unique place to work. Our culture mixes elements of academia, industry and commerce to create a working environment all of our own.

The total team numbers around 900 and growing. You’ll find scientists and engineers from all over the world in our labs – as well as a wide range of commercial and operational specialists. Across the organisation, there’s a very collegiate, co-operative feel to the way we work.

The sense of community extends to time outside work. We have a thriving sports and social club, with activities like yoga, cricket, board gaming, football, tennis and mindfulness. NPL even has its own wine society and a choir.

“It’s the people who work here that make NPL such an awesome place to be in. You find that everybody here is always really happy to help and support each other, and to share their knowledge, and their research, and to build something better.”

Nicola Black - Higher Research Scientist, Atomic Clocks & Sensors, Time and frequency

Diversity and Inclusion

Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals so everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics’ Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the Disability Confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

Diversity and Inclusion's role in delivering our vision, KPTs and values

NPL is diverse and inclusive, we want to constantly improve and challenge ourselves to be better. We have a range of initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion (D & I), such as our Diversity and Inclusion Task Force who are individuals who bring together people from across NPL to promote inclusive working practices and ensure that diverse views are represented in the formulation of key strategic objectives.

We are in the process of developing the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to support and help us achieve our vision to be best in class in Diversity and Inclusion (D & I).

Diversity and inclusion infrastructure

NPL has always been a proud employer of a diverse and inclusive workforce, offering support to all with a range of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Overall Executive sponsorship is key to ensure strong and visible leadership across the business and to embed Diversity and Inclusion across NPL. Leaders will present strong unified messages around diversity and inclusion with support and guidance from the Diversity and inclusion Manager and the D&I task force. More importantly creating a culture free of discrimination relies on the efforts of each and every employee at NPL.

Benefits at National Physical Laboratory

List of all the benefits that National Physical Laboratory are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Local Discounts
  • Adoption Leave
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Rayleigh Award
  • Values Awards
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Interest Free Company Loan
  • Tax Free Childcare Scheme
  • Nursery
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Development and Training
  • Funding for PHD’s and other post grad courses
  • Professional Membership
  • NPL Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised Staff Restaurant
  • Digital GP
  • Civil Service Sport Membership
  • Bike4Work
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Company Sick Pay

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