About the job
Do you care about the safety of products and want to protect people and places? Can we use your skills, knowledge and experience to enable UK business to thrive? If the answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you!
We are the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We are here for the purpose of making regulation work to deliver real world impact. Regulation is a powerful Government tool to address market failures, influence behaviour and promote positive action. Crafted and delivered well, regulation can be an enabler of growth, innovation and efficiency.
Since early 2019 we have been building a positive and creative team that enjoys a position of influence and respect within an organisation that continues to grow, most recently with the addition of the regulation of construction products planned for 2022.
Our mission: To be a trusted product regulator for the UK.
Our goal: To be a leader of good regulatory practice and a champion of local regulation.
Further information can be found on our website:
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. We embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. There is a disability confident scheme (DCS) for people with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
We are Inclusive
We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible and recognise how important inclusivity is to achieve the best outcomes. We hope to attract applications from all underrepresented groups.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
About the Team
National Capacity is a small team within the wider Construction Products command, responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of the programme through a Transition Plan for Construction Products. The team is developing the NRCP operating model and will be responsible for ensuring its delivery. Working within the Joint Unit it is responsible for the relationship with MHCLG as well as leading on overall Engagement for the NRCP Programme.
About the Role
In this role you will work closely with the National Capacity team leader, as the responsible lead for the development, management, and review of the Construction Products Transition Plan: developing and implementing effective reporting and strategic co-ordination mechanisms. The successful candidate will proactively lead the identification of and action on emerging issues whilst ensuring workstream leads and policy sponsors are periodically and accurately briefed on programme delivery against key objectives. You will need to be adaptable as we establish our position as the NRCP and define the operational model for OPSS with a detailed multi-year implementation plan.
You will play a key role in the development of the NRCP programme, decision-making, governance, and accountability.
Please come to our virtual open session to find out more about the Construction Products & Delivery Team and OPSS. The virtual open session will take place Friday 1st October 2021 at 4pm.
Please email email@example.com to register your interest and to receive an invite.
ResponsibilitiesThe successful candidate will be responsible for:
• Tracking strategic direction and wider Government priorities, engaging proactively with MHCLG and other partners, to ensure workstream activities are aligned accordingly.
• Developing and managing the programme's Key Performance Indicators, using the Analysis team’s expertise as a source of advice.
• Leading and developing a Programme Development Officer, supporting your colleague to deliver a high-quality service focussed administrative and commissioning function to the team.
• Build and maintain excellent relationships across the organisation, deputising and representing for the Functional Team Leader at key meetings, both internally and externally.
• Lead the relationship with the Programme Management Office (PMO) to review programme delivery and outcomes, to inform programme development.
• Collaborating with MHCLG colleagues, reviewing, and developing the Business Case, Spending Review bid, and Transition Plan.
• Develop and implement an efficient briefing commissioning process, by ensuring the timely delivery of succinct and accurate briefing materials for colleagues, including Leadership Team.
This is a great opportunity for an individual with the energy to act as a visible, trusted, and professional ambassador for the team. We are keen to hear from people with varying backgrounds, who can demonstrate a track record in:
• Delivering responsibilities as outlined above.
• Working in partnership to deliver successful outcomes.
• Project/Programme delivery and development.
• Developing efficient information management frameworks to support the delivery of effective reporting systems.
• Strong leadership skills, including an interest in developing yourself and those you lead, as well as being committed to improving team processes.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, developing and maintaining positive working relationships.
Please visit our Careers website at https://opss-careers.co.uk/ for further information.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Working Together
- Making Effective Decisions
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Communicating and Influencing
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.
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 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 and Experience.
After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Judgement Test. If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the second stage of the application.
Please complete the online test as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55 on 17th October 2021. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The test is administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.
Please note: The test deadline and the full application deadline are both 23:55 on 17th October 2021. For your application to be considered, you must fully submit prior to this deadline. Please allow enough time to complete all sections.
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 and experience meet 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 Statement.
In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the personal statement.
Expected Timeline subject to change
Sift - w/c 18/10/2021
Interviews - w/c 01/11/21
Interviews Location - TBC
Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.
The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions.
Interviewees will be asked to deliver a presentation; further details will be provided nearer the time.
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.
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• Contact Government Recruitment Service via firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe 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 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.
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