Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental Manager
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 10th July 2022
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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 2018 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 here
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 guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) 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.
We are a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers delivering testing capability across the whole portfolio of OPSS regulatory requirements. The team works across our new laboratories at the Centre of Product Testing and Research which include metrology, mechanical, electrical, chemical and flammability facilities. We seek to implement fit for purpose practices and procedures to deliver robust, scientific outputs. In collaboration with other internal evidence teams including those in science, engineering, research and analysis, our outputs inform the development of policy, and the delivery and enforcement of product regulations across the OPSS remit.
About the Role
We require a Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental Manager to lead and shape our internal systems and processes, embracing a culture of continuous improvement and ensuring OPSS continues to deliver a high-quality technical service. You will have a strong focus on providing knowledge and direction on the safe operation of the laboratories and you will develop and maintain Integrated Management Systems to drive improvements. This is a key post at our newly refurbished Teddington site, working closely with our lab-based and estates functional teams to ensure the effective, efficient and safe operation of our laboratories.
• Conduct laboratory risk assessments and set up safety operation procedures to identify and minimise hazards.
• Lead internal audits and external audit planning with minimal disruption and ensure laboratory operations are carried out in accordance to relevant regulatory and organisational policies and procedures.
• Identify and investigate areas of lab-related non-compliance, assign root cause analysis, and implement comprehensive corrective action to promote improvement planning.
• Work with others in OPSS and BEIS to identify areas for improvement and deliver training where appropriate.
• Assist our estates and leadership team to develop, manage and monitor the QHSE performance of the organisation.
• Manage QHSE communications on lab-related activities.
• Develop and maintain a profile in the area of QHSE by attendance and participation in relevant external networks, meetings and training events.
Skills & Experience
We would love to hear from you if you have:
• A degree in a scientific or engineering field, or equivalent qualification with relevant QSHE experience.
• NEBOSH certification or similar.
• Implemented QHSE systems in laboratory environments with a working knowledge of relevant standards e.g. ISO17025, ISO9001, ISO18001, ISO14001, etc.
• Proven experience of working within a laboratory facility managing chemical, electrical and fire risks.
• Developed, managed and/or audited Integrated Management Systems.
• Qualifications to provide training in Quality, Safety, Health and Environmental standards and regulations.
• Ability to engage and communicate clearly and effectively with scientific experts and non-experts.
• Attention to detail and excellent record-keeping skills.
• Organisational skills to prioritise your workload and meet tight timeframes.
We are looking for candidates with the experience that matches the responsibilities listed previously. We are keen to promote diversity, and we are not realistically expecting any applicant to have experience of every responsibility. You should apply if you think you have experience related to the majority of the role responsibilities and the skills and experience criteria, and we will support you to fill gaps in experience.
GSE Technical Skills- Applying Technical Knowledge (This will be tested as part of your application and at interview via a presentation)
• Demonstrates a commitment to professional development by continuing to advance knowledge, understanding and competence.
• Uses specialist knowledge and broader understanding.
• Exercises judgement in the absence of complete information.
• Demonstrates critical evaluation and proposes original solutions.
GSE Technical Skills - Provide Technical and Commercial Leadership (This will be tested as part of your application and at interview)
• Plan for effective project implementation.
• Plan, budget, organise, direct and control tasks, people and resources.
• Lead teams and develop staff to meet changing technical and managerial needs.
• Bring about continuous improvement through quality management.
Please see the following link for the Government Science & Engineering Career Framework, for further information here
Please visit our Careers website here for further information.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Changing and Improving
- Communicating and Influencing
- Making Effective Decisions
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- GSE Technical Skills- Applying Technical Knowledge. (This will be tested as part of your application and at interview via a presentation)
- GSE Technical Skills - Provide Technical and Commercial Leadership. (This will be tested as part of your application and at interview)
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.
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).
Selection process details
Please use your personal statement (in no more than 500 words) to demonstrate how your skills, knowledge and experience match the requirements of the role detailed in the bullet points under the "key responsibilities" and the" skills and experience" sections of the job description.
Please see the link here to our Personal Statement and CV Guidance for Candidates for further support.
Applications will be sifted on CV, personal statement, and any technical skills required.
In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead technical skill (Applying technical knowledge). Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.
The interview will consist of behaviour, technical and strength-based questions.
Interviewees will be asked to deliver a presentation; further details will be provided nearer the time.
Expected Timeline subject to change
Sift dates: w/c 11th July 2022
Interview dates: w/c 25th July 2022
Interview will be held using Microsoft Teams.
Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.
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@example.com 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.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
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.
Any move to 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 here
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 on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances 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-EmploymentChecks.firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
- Name : Ellie Jarvie
- Email : OPSS.Recruitment@beis.gov.uk
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