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Job description

The Office for Safety and Standards (OPSS) Intelligence Unit is responsible for understanding the risk posed by unsafe and non-compliant products to the UK consumer. OPSS works to protect consumers from unsafe products and support businesses through effective regulation. The Intelligence Unit is integral to building the Office's knowledge base for effective decision making.

We are seeking an experienced intelligence professional to help embed our intelligence development capability. The ideal candidate will develop intelligence from an array of sources so that our enforcement teams can utilise intelligence to pursue non-compliant individuals and companies. Undertake operational intelligence gathering activities with key stakeholders and partner agencies and develop the intelligence requirement as identified in the Strategic assessment, to ensure that our enforcement capability is focused on the most serious of risk to help inform the national intelligence picture linked to product safety.

The individual will be confident, collaborative and be able to work with stakeholders from across the Office to ensure that intelligence is developed in line with all legal requirements and supports the strategic objectives of the organisation. Further to this, they will help champion the use of intelligence across the Office helping to embed an intelligence and data led culture.

Stakeholder engagement will be a key part of the role as we continue to develop links with other government departments, regulators and law enforcement organisations ensuring we are sharing and developing best practise and collaborating with them to deliver robust outcomes. The work of the intelligence function covers a broad range of areas, therefore the ideal candidate will be able to absorb and understand differing needs of customers and risks faced in each area, to ensure that intelligence packages are fit for purpose and meet the differing needs of the Office.

• To deliver innovative, high quality intelligence packages.

• Play an active role in developing the function of the intelligence unit across the Office.

• Manage own workload to ensure intelligence is recorded and developed in a timely manner.

• To engage with stakeholders across the Office, partners and other regulators.

• Develop a good understanding of product safety issues and the regulatory areas covered by the Office.


• Understanding of National Intelligence Model.

• Accredited intelligence training (either GIAT, NIAT, DIAM).

• Experience of recording evaluating and developing intelligence packages using the 3x5x2 method.
• Strong presentation skills.

• SC cleared (or willing to go through SC clearance).


• Understanding of UK product safety regulation.

• Experience of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).

• Previous experience of working in a regulatory environment.

Successful candidates will be required to pass Baseline Personnel Security Standard checks. This post requires additional clearance and candidates should be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC).

If you wish to discuss the role further please contact Siobhan Burke - OPSS-People.Operations@beis.gov.uk


Accredited Intelligence Training (either GIAT, NIAT, DIAM).


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
  • Making Effective Decisions



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.

For the full list and to see our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please see the attached Employee Offer booklet.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check .

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 statement of suitability. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please use your statement of suitability to explain how your skills, knowledge and experience match the requirements of the role.

Sift/interview dates and location

Week of Sift: TBC
Week of Interviews: TBC
Interview Location: Birmingham

Candidates will be sifted on personal and behavioural statements.
The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions.

Other information

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

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

A reserve list may be held for up to 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to the BEIS will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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.

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

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 beisrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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 have a hearing impairment, a Language Service Professional

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.

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 Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Job Sector
Job Position
Estimated Salary
£35,765.00 - £40,500.00 / year
Postal Code
B2 4AA
Victoria Square House, 1 Pinfold St, Birmingham B2 4AA, UK Show on map
Post date
Closing date

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