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Job description

About the Team:

We are establishing a legal team to provide regulatory legal advice across all of OPSS's functions. These posts report directly to the Assistant Director, Legal Advice & Practice, who reports to the Deputy Director, Legal and Regulation.

About the Role:

You will work closely with teams across the OPSS to provide pragmatic, delivery focussed and high-quality legal advice, playing an instrumental role in building our reputation as an exemplar regulator. The scope of the role, reflecting the scope of OPSS's functions, is broad. You will be involved in advising on development of policy, enforcement across a range of civil and criminal legislation, and statutory decision-making. In doing so, you will liaise with both BEIS and other government departments' legal advisors (GLD) as well as other regulators and commercial entities as appropriate.

ResponsibilitiesYou will have responsibility for a stimulating, wide-ranging portfolio of work which includes:

• Advising on new, repatriated functions following the end of the UK's transition period from the EU.

• Providing delivery focussed legal advice to the OPSS's enforcement teams in respect of enforcement policy, powers and processes and regulatory action, in the civil and criminal spheres.

• Providing strategic legal advice when OPSS is considering, or has committed to, taking on new regulatory functions on behalf of other Government departments.

• Understanding policy perspectives and confidently presenting delivery solutions.

• Liaising with a range of partners, building relationships and furthering the achievement of OPSS's strategic objectives in so doing.

• Providing advice on data protection and FOI Act issues.

• Making a contribution to the learning and development of the OPSS Legal Advice and Practice team, as well as to the OPSS more broadly.

Skills & Experience

This is an exciting opportunity for results-oriented individuals with the energy to make a positive impact within OPSS.

We are interested in hearing from applicants who feel that they can demonstrate the following attributes!


• Qualified Barrister or Solicitor with a current practising certificate;

• Strong public law skills;

• Litigation Experience;

• An ability to assimilate sophisticated information and provide pragmatic, delivery-focused advice on the back of it, underpinned by well-reasoned analysis;

• An aptitude for problem solving in a way that takes account of the 'bigger picture', particularly where there are uncertainties at play;

• A trusted advisor and advocate, able to listen and understand needs through open, structured and productive conversations;

• Excellent all-round communication and social skills with the ability to express sophisticated concepts clearly and concisely and to influence colleagues;

• An ability to work at pace, recognising the need to prioritise or to adopt a flexible approach when appropriate;

• Establish and maintain positive working relationships with a range of colleagues at all levels across a number of organisations.


•Experience of a regulatory/criminal law working environment and/or the desire to acquire knowledge of these areas, or

•Experience of a product safety environment and/or the desire to acquire knowledge of this area, or;

•Experience of advising on data protection and FOI Act issues.

Qualified solicitor or barrister with current practising certificate.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.

Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

A hybrid office/home based working model where staff will spend a norm of 40-60% of their time in the office (minimum of 40%) over a month with flex dependent on balancing business and individual need (from September 2021, depending on how the public health guidance evolves).

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Your personal statement (maximum 750 words) should explain how your skills, knowledge and experience match the requirements of the role. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Applications will be sifted on CV and Personal Statement.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the personal statement.

Expected Timeline subject to change

Expected Week of Sift : w/c 1st November 2021

Expected Week of Interviews : w/c 23rd November 2021

Interview Location: MS Teams - Virtually

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions.

Interviewees will be asked to complete a written exercise; further details will be provided nearer the time.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

• Complete the "Assistance required" section in the "Additional requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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