Senior Metrologist and Test Engineer

Department for Business and Trade

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 26th February 2024



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£39,384 - £46,715
London (Teddington): £43,007-£46,715 + Government Science & Engineering allowance of £5,150. of £5,150.
A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

DBT - DG CMRR - Better Regulation Executive

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available




Job summary

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.  

The opportunity: 

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!  

Job description


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 

Person specification

Essential Criteria 

  • 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

Technical skills

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. 

Alongside your salary of £39,384, Department for Business and Trade contributes £10,634 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • 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:

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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.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : OPSS Recruitment Team
  • Email :
  • Telephone : DBT Recruitment Team

Recruitment team

  • Email :

Further information

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DBT by email at If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: Civil Service Commission Complaints

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