The Role and Our Team
About the Team
The Engineering & Technology (E&T) Team works alongside colleagues in the Science, Engineering & Analysis area in OPSS, supervised by a Deputy Director and three Team Leaders. This relatively new Team is in its infancy, breaking new territory for OPSS and Government as a whole, with the successful candidate involved in the shaping of our work in new and emerging science, engineering and technology and policy areas.
The E&T Team also support OPSS product safety policy ownership with deep technical knowledge of existing legislation and our relationships with trade associations, other regulators and other government departments.
About the Role
OPSS was identified as the national product regulator of choice in the Independent Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy for construction products.
This high profile and crucial role means that we are looking for new technical colleagues who will help us address the culture within the construction industry, working closely with the new Building Safety Regulator and local regulators to build a coherent system in which robust, effective regulatory action is taken against serious weaknesses and poor practice.
This is an exciting time to join the team and have your chance to craft our new Construction Products function.Responsibilities
You will work with evidence driven colleagues to provide specialist engineering and technology input advice and leadership to OPSS functions such as enforcement, policy making and future strategy.
Whether you have experience as a technical specialist, scientist, researcher, regulator or a policy professional, if you are passionate about developing evidence for addressing construction products risks and improving consumer safety then this role could be for you!
• Delivering clear technical input for OPSS' regulation of construction products, specifically in the application of evidence generation, research, standards and legislation in this area.
• Identifying learning and development opportunities for themselves and other members of the team.
• Acting as a champion for high professional standards, willingness to scrutinise, lead and develop research and working practices.
• Working closely with internal and external partners with special regards to expertly communicate sophisticated ideas and technical information to a diverse audience.
• Construction product regulatory support, understanding and translation of requirements of the legislation.
• Building up organisational knowledge of the standards used in the construction products industry. Skills & Experience
• An ability to readily assimilate the complexities of technical legislation.
• An ability to communicate complex findings effectively with non-technical audiences.
• Experience of partner engagement to support improved outcomes.
• A degree or equivalent experience in science, engineering or equivalent analytical discipline.
• Experience in the application of standards and/or legislation in the UK, ideally in the regulatory regime of the construction sector.
• A technical awareness of international requirements in this area as the UK looks towards forging partnerships with other countries across the world.
• This role may involve line management responsibilities so proven experience of successful line management of hard-working colleagues would be beneficial. Technical Skills
GSE Technical Skills - Provide Technical and Commercial Leadership.
•Scopes, plans and manages multifaceted projects
•Implements solutions with due regard to wider environment and broader context
•Exercises responsibility for self and others
•Demonstrates effective leadership
•Takes responsibility for continuous performance improvement.
Please see the following link for the Government Science & Engineering Career Framework, for further information:
A degree or equivalent experience in science, engineering or equivalent analytical disciplineBehaviours
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Working Together
- Communicating and Influencing
- Making Effective Decisions
- Delivering at Pace
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- GSE Technical Skills - Provide Technical and Commercial Leadership.
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.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, Experience and Technical skills.
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.
Your personal statement (no more than 1000 words) should answer the following:
Please can you explain how your skills, knowledge and experience match the requirements of the role.
Candidates will be sifted on personal statements, CV and any technical skills required.
In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the personal statement.
The interview will consist of behaviour, technical and strength-based questions. Expected Timeline
subject to change
Expected Week of Sift: W/C 20th September 2021
Expected Week of Interviews: W/C 04 October 2021
Interview Location: Virtual via MS 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
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.
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).
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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]
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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.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band. 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
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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.