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 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-product-safety-and-standards.
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
The Energy Supply Team sits within the wider Energy & Product Enforcement Directorate. The Directorate is responsible for a range of environmental regulations, alongside product safety, and are developing a coordinated approach to product compliance. We are working towards providing a regulatory environment in which businesses have the confidence to invest and grow, and citizens and communities are accurately protected. We do this by taking a risk-based and proportionate approach to our activities and by operating under The Regulators’ Code.
Energy Supply has responsibility for legislation covering Gas and Electricity Meters and enforcement of legislation covering Heat Networks, Alternative Fuels Infrastructure, Fuel Labelling and Electric Vehicle Smart Charge Points.
About the Role
We are looking for a Trainee Metering Engineer to support our metering work and provide technical support across the Energy Supply team.
In this role you will work closely with teams across the Office to support our strategic objectives.
You will support businesses to ensure compliance and consumer confidence in the accuracy of their utility meters. Further information can be found on our website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gas-and-electricity-meter-regulations.
The post reports directly to the Senior Metering Engineer who reports to the Utilities Enforcement Manager, Energy Supply.
Some travel throughout the UK may be expected, therefore flexibility in your work patterns will be required.
ResponsibilitiesYou will have responsibility for a wide-ranging portfolio of work including, but not limited to:
• Assisting the Senior Metering Engineer responsible for the coordination of the teams’ enforcement activities and the statistical sampling of gas and electricity meters, ensuring their continued compliance with legal requirements.
• Working with the team to audit Meter Test Stations and review their quality procedures, ensuring the validity of in-service testing results submitted to the Office.
• Researching new, innovative technologies which require appropriate metering.
• Provision of Technical, Legislative and Policy support to OPSS/BEIS colleagues, Other Government Departments/organisations, meter manufacturers, various industry groups/trade associations, energy suppliers, the Energy Ombudsman, Citizens Advice and members of the public.
• Liaising with manufacturers and trade organisations to prevent barriers to trade and ensuring UK manufacturers can take advantage of increased market opportunities.
•Working alongside the Assistant Director – Energy Supply and Utilities Enforcement Manager, providing technical and operational support to deliver the teams’ statutory responsibilities under primary legislation.
Skills & Experience
Essential - Skills, Experience and Qualifications:
• A Degree (or equivalent) in engineering or a related subject area is essential, with a keen interest in developing your metering knowledge and technical capabilities.
• Familiar with measurement techniques including traceability and measurement uncertainty.
• Able to communicate effectively at all levels within both Government and a variety of organisations in the utilities sector, including excellent presentation skills. Able to use standard Microsoft Office packages to produce reports and briefings that communicate sophisticated information clearly and concisely and being able to analyse conflicting technical data and make appropriate decisions and recommendations.
• You will work with colleagues and partners to deliver excellent customer service and will be proactive with the ability to take ownership and work without supervision.
• A willingness to undertake any training which may be vital.
Desirable- Skills, Experience & Qualifications:
• Experience or specific knowledge of general utility metering, statistical sampling techniques and acceptability criteria.
• Knowledge of Quality Assurance Auditing and a technical background would be an advantage.
Please visit our Careers website at https://opss-careers.co.uk/ for further information.
1. GSE Technical Skills - Provide Technical and Commercial Leadership assessed at application
•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.
2. GSE Technical Skills - Applying Technical Knowledge assessed at application and interview
• Maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach in enabling the introduction and exploitation of new and advancing technology.
• Engage in the creative and innovative development of engineering technology and continuous improvement systems.
Please see the following link for the Government Science & Engineering Career Framework, for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-science-and-engineering-career-framework.
An accessible version of the attached candidate pack is available on request. Please contact 'email@example.com' to request a copy.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Delivering at Pace
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- GSE Technical Skills - Provide Technical and Commercial Leadership.
- GSE Technical Skills- Applying Technical Knowledge.
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, 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, personal statement and any technical skills required.
In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the personal statement.
Expected Timeline subject to change
Expected Week of Sift : w/c 06/12/2021
Expected Week of Interviews : The interviews will either happen early w/c 20/12/2021 or in early January 2022.
Interview Location : MS Teams - Virtually
Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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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.
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