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The Role and Our Team

About the Team

Are you the type of policy or technical specialist who wants to apply their knowledge to cross-cutting consumer product safety issues? Or do you have experience applying engineering and technical solutions to achieve and promote product safety and compliance?
Are you able to deal with challenges from post-EU regulatory regime implementation? Could you see yourself addressing the issues that new technology poses, or exploring new issues with existing technology, in order to fully understand their relevance to consumer safety? Then this role may be for you!

The Engineering & Technology (E&T) Team is a new team within the Science, Engineering and Analysis (SEA) stream in OPSS. We work with evidence driven colleagues to provide specialist engineering and technology input and leadership for OPSS functions such as enforcement, policy making and strategic direction. E&T also supports 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

Collaboration across OPSS is key for this role. It will involve working with OPSS' Policy and Briefing Unit, Operational Support Unit, Trading Standards Coordination, Enforcement and other teams to provide technical policy or operational leadership to support their requirements in each area as required, using your technical policy knowledge to ensure technically-sound outcomes.

You will have the opportunity to support the Office's aims and goals by representing it at internal and external meetings with key partners including industry bodies / trade associations, standards / accreditation bodies, academia, both in the UK and abroad.

This role attracts a Government Science and Engineering function technical pay improvement at Practitioner level.

Responsibilities Key Responsibilities

The job holders will be required to provide engineering and technical advice to support either the policy and regulatory activities of OPSS.

Specifically, they will:

•Lead on specific technical aspects of policy, standards or conformity assessment body support, taking ownership in specific areas, supporting transition period tasks, trading standards enquiries and HMG position development

•Contribute to process improvement for the team's effective work across OPSS; dealing with enquiries, policy development, training, partner engagement, event attendance

•Work closely with colleagues across the organisation and beyond, such as HSE, DEFRA, DCMS, OFCOM, ensuring that we fully understand technical aspects of cross-cutting policy issues

•Support OPSS' economic partnership and trade agreement work in their technical policy areas

•Carry out horizon scanning in technical policy areas ensuring that OPSS' actions remain relevant where new technology is introduced

•Engage closely with OPSS stakeholders such as trade associations and notified bodies to ensure issues affecting industry are heard and processed, and industry is supported through a changing regulatory landscape

Skills & Experience


•A sound understanding of the UK regulatory regime for product safety and experience of the application of that regime, or formulating policy within it, or experience of similar global regimes.

•The ability to apply Engineering and Technical analysis to a situation in order to provide insight and understanding of the issues relevant to any solution.

•A degree or equivalent experience in science, engineering or equivalent analytical discipline


•Understanding the product safety legislative processes within the UK

•Experience of efficient communicating with manufacturers, trade associations and enforcement authorities as well as with others within OPSS/BEIS and OGDs

•A technical awareness of international product safety requirements would be useful as the UK looks towards forging partnerships with other countries across the world

Technical Skills

1. 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.

2. GSE Technical Skills -Understanding & Complying with statutory requirements and standards

Understands and complies with the statutory (and non-statutory where applicable) requirements. These requirements may arise from legislation, voluntary codes of practice or quality assurance processes
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 discipline


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • GSE Technical Skills - Provide Technical and Commercial Leadership.
  • GSE Technical Skills -Understanding & Complying with statutory requirements and standards


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 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, 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).

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.

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


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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£36,735.00 - £44,450.00 / year
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