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Job description

About the role

The Office delivers a range of functions including Primary Authority, legal metrology and hallmarking policy, technical regulation, utilities and enforcement work. It is also responsible for the NMO brand of technical testing, calibration and certification services, based in Teddington. Much of this work is delivered for external customers and Other Government Departments, on a cost recovered or commercial basis.

NMO, within the Office for Product Safety and Standards, is responsible for the type approval of weighing and measuring instruments in accordance with UK Regulations, European Directives and OIML Recommendations.

NMO is working in a growing, competitive and fast paced environment and is looking for a Type Approval Engineer to work within the Product Certification team.

Working with a team of Type Approval Engineers the successful applicant will assist in the following tasks:

•Type approval of weighing and/or measuring instruments, involving the assessment of electronic systems and software against the technical and metrological requirements of UK Regulations, European Directives and OIML Recommendations;

•Representation of NMO at meetings with manufacturers, trade associations, legal metrology organisations, local authorities and other Government departments;

•Attainment of financial, efficiency, customer satisfaction, and service delivery targets;

•Support senior colleagues in the generation of new business;

•Delivery of projects in accordance with the Legal Metrology Programme; and

•Maintenance of UKAS accreditation.

This role will be based in Teddington and will include occasional travel to meet with relevant partners and customers.

As well as the tasks above, You will have responsibility for leading a wide-ranging portfolio of work including, but not limited the following:

•Ensure partners are well-supported throughout their projects, including preparing samples for testing, managing workflow and resources, whilst adhering to internal procedures ensuring full auditing controls are being followed

•Providing regular communications to partners with updates on progress, costs and timescales.

•Review the technical documentation provided by internal and external bodies, evaluate the selected samples, produce evaluation reports for certification decision.

•Report on the financial and budgetary needs as required by the head of department.

Person specification


•Experience in conformity assessment of products and/or services.

•Education in a relevant science or engineering field.

•Proven science or engineering background and its application in a regulatory environment.

•Experience in dealing with customers at all levels within business.

•Experience in representing businesses.

•Good interpersonal, written and project management skills.

•Understanding of Quality Management Systems


•Knowledge of ISO/IEC 17021-1, 17025 and 17065 standards.

•Trading Standards qualification, preferably in the field of legal metrology

•Knowledge of OIML and Welmec organisations, processes and requirements.

•Auditing skills / Lead auditor qualification

•Knowledge of ISO 9001:2015

•Experience in software development and/or validation.


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

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevan
  • Technical Expertise Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
  • Science and Engineering - Understanding and Complying with Statutory Requirements and Standards


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.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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. 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 Statements.

Expected Timeline

Sift and interview dates as well as the interview location to be confirmed.

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

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're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

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 Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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 will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

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.

BEIS wants to be accessible for all, and this includes offering assistance to attend interviews. The offer is targeted toward those from a lower socio-economic background, or who struggle to cover the cost of attending an interview. Please see the attached guidance document at the bottom of this Civil Service Jobs advert. Embedded in the document on page 5, are 2 documents that must be completed and returned to the email addresses listed on the forms to claim an expenses payment. If you have any issues accessing these documents please contact us at beisrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Job Sector
Job Position
Technical Support
Estimated Salary
£32,750.00 - £36,000.00 / year
Teddington, UK Show on map
Post date
Closing date

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