Senior Metrologist and Test Engineer
Department for Business and Trade
Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 26th February 2024
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Hays are delighted to be partnering with the Office for Product Safety Standards (OPSS) to recruit a key role within their Laboratories team. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Senior Metrologist and Test Engineer with excellent communication skills who is looking to work for a national regulator and join a friendly and supportive team.
OPSS lead the regulatory system for legal metrology, product safety, construction products and standards in the UK. OPSS Testing Laboratories team is a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers delivering testing capability across metrology, mechanical, electrical, chemical and flammability facilities. In collaboration with other OPSS evidence teams such as science and engineering, our outputs inform policy development, incident investigation and the delivery and enforcement of product regulations.
The role is based in Teddington with flexible and hybrid working offered (80% minimum on-site attendance is required) and will occasionally be required to travel to other locations to meet with staff, relevant partners, stakeholders and customers.
We welcome applications from ambitious individuals who have the energy to make positive change happen. If you can meet the challenge, we want to hear from you!
You will have responsibility for leading a wide-ranging portfolio of work including, but not limited to the following:
- Providing high accuracy calibrations and testing
- Review the uncertainty budgets and ensure the continuous improvement and development of measurement services
- Assist in the development of new services beneficial to the team and OPSS
- Work with the team to develop a robust and resilient quality service
- Ensure compliance with BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for the calibration/test laboratories
- Line management of technical staff, prepare laboratory risk assessments and other key documents, ensuring standard operating procedures and quality systems are fit for purpose and inclusive
- Proven track record in the field of calibration/testing to BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017
- A Science or Engineering background and an understanding of its application in a regulatory environment
- Strong analytical skills, experience of handling large and complex data in a technical environment
- Proven and relevant experience of measurement of a wide range of artefacts.
- Excellent all-round communication and engagement with the ability to express complex concepts and to influence colleagues.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Applying knowledge
- providing technical and commercial leadership.
Strengths will also be assessed at interview.
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
Selection process details
After the closing date It is likely that the sift will take place 1-2 weeks after the closing date and interviews 3-5 weeks after the closing date though this is subject to change.
To apply for this post, you will be asked to complete the following as part of the online application:
- A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Provide employment history that relates to the essential criteria, and that any gaps in employment history within the last 2 years are explained. The CV should not exceed more than 2 x A4 pages.
- A Personal Statement of up to 750 words, explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role in reference to the essential criteria.
In the event of a large number of applicants, an initial short sift will be conducted on the 21/02/2024 based on Personal Statement only. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift or progressed straight to assessment/interview.
Please see the link to the GSE Career Framework below:
Location and Working Arrangements
The role will be based in Teddington only. You will be asked to express a location preference during the application process. Most DBT employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending 2-3 days a week (pro rata) in the office on average. Changes to these working arrangements are available in certain circumstances but must be agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role and can only be discussed with successful candidates. Travel to your primary office location will not be paid for by DBT, but costs for travel to an office which is not your main location will be covered.
Please be aware that this role can only be worked from within the UK and not overseas.
Informal hybrid working arrangements will be available as agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role.
Most DBT employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending 2-3 days a week (pro rata) in an office, on average. If your office location is London, you will be eligible to receive London weighting.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
- Name : OPSS Recruitment Team
- Email : email@example.com
- Telephone : DBT Recruitment Team
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org