The Trading Standards Co-ordination team provides support to local authorities to ensure effective delivery of product safety, metrology and construction products regulation across the UK. We are responsible for implementing a UK wide approach to ensure consumer goods entering the UK are safe and run competency and capacity building programmes for local authority regulators.
The post holder will work with the team to develop partnership working at nationally strategic points of entry (Ports and Borders). To ensure a consistent approach to product safety risks for imported goods, whilst supporting the wider work of the team with local authorities on product safety, legal metrology and construction products matters.Responsibilities
In your new role your duties will include, but may not be limited to:
• Working with internal and external partners to support effective controls by local authorities that have a border point.
• Delivering effective outcomes and developing best practice case studies through collaborative relationships with key partners.
• Responding to enquiries, collating specialist and technical advice about market surveillance and border policy.
• Supporting delivery of market surveillance reporting by external stakeholders.
• Strengthening our relationships with external stakeholders including local authorities, professional bodies, business organisations and other market surveillance authorities and border control agencies.
• Supporting the wider work of the team on product safety, legal metrology and construction products matters.
• Supporting the work of the wider office, working effectively with other teams within OPSS to share data and outcomes and adopting the OPSS vision of One Office, one purpose. Skills & Experience Essential
• You will demonstrate a high level ability to understand and communicate relevant legislation and guidance.
• You will have well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
• You can effectively develop and maintain productive working relationships with a broad range of partners to recognise and achieve common goals.
• The need to engage with partners, including senior officials, is key to our team, including the ability to influence people towards a new and different way of thinking to drive cultural change.
• You will have a willingness to undertake any training which may be necessary to keep up to date with the requirements of the role.
• You are able to work independently and seize opportunities. Desirable
• Local authority regulatory environment background.
• Previous experience of market surveillance at the border.
• Experience of working for a national regulator.Behaviours
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Communicating and Influencing
- Changing and Improving
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Delivering at Pace
BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:
• A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, home working 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 knowSecurity
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. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please use your personal statement (in no more than 750 words) to explain how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role.
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.
The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions. Expected Timeline
subject to change
Sift dates: w/c 1st November 2021
Interview dates: w/c 15th November 2021
Interview will be held using Microsoft Teams.
Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process. 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
After interview, a single merit list will be created and you will only be considered for posts in locations you have expressed a preference for. Appointments will be made in strict merit order.
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 may be carried out.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
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.
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 circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms directly. 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.
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. Feedback
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.