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 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.
About the Team
The Government has announced that OPSS will host the new national regulator for construction products, driving the improvement of safety and performance standards and ensuring compliance with construction product regulations. This will involve collaborating with our partners in Government, local authorities and elsewhere to ensure that public confidence in the safety and performance of construction products is improved and maintained. OPSS, working closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, is currently preparing for this exciting new role.
About the Role
This is an exciting opportunity for a flexible and results-oriented individual with the energy to make positive change happen within and beyond OPSS. In this purposeful, and multi-faceted role you will play a part in building our reputation as an exemplar regulator. Candidates will need to be flexible in approach and prepared to lead on a range of tasks. You will hold specific responsibilities for planning and developing our regulatory capacity, capability and operational approach. It is envisaged that the role will, over the next twelve months and in accordance with the Parliamentary timetable, transit to that of an Enforcement and Compliance Team Leader leading a team of Regulatory Compliance Officers. The role will suit people with experience of operating within a regulatory compliance environment: for example, either as a regulator or as one with a role in ensuring goods, services or systems meet regulatory and other standards.
The post is based in Birmingham. When the team is operational, some travel – possibly to any UK location - is likely to be required.
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:
• Crafting and delivering a programme of activity which improves understanding of the relevant legislation and supports businesses and other institutions in their efforts towards compliance, ensuring that individual projects deliver positive impacts within financial and technical parameters.
• Actively building and handling relationships across a variety of organisational and functional boundaries to lead multi-disciplinary teams to focus on and resolve important issues and challenges impacting upon UK compliance levels.
• Developing extensive specialist knowledge, to provide the national enforcement perspective to colleagues and partners and contribute to wider departmental initiatives.
• Reviewing market information, technical data and evidence to assess and action cases and enquiries ensuring effective handling of unsafe construction products on the market, to deliver appropriate responses and outcomes.
• Developing and leading a team of Regulatory Compliance Officers, ensuring that their professional experience equips them with the skills and knowledge on their journey to become an exemplar compliance officer within OPSS.
Skills & Experience
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:
• Experience of operating within a regulatory compliance environment.
• Strategic problem-solving and analytical skills.
• Ability to scope, plan, and guide the delivery of results-oriented, multifaceted work plans.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to understand and apply technical information in diverse sectors and business types.
• Strong leadership skills, including an interest in developing yourself and those you lead, as well as being committed to improving team processes.
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:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Communicating and Influencing
- Developing Self and Others
BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:
• 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.
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.
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.
In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the personal statement. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.
Expected Week of Sift : Week Commencing 25/10/2021 (Subject to change)
Expected Week of Interviews : Week Commencing 08/11/2021 (Subject to change)
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 and strength-based questions.
Interviewees will be asked to deliver a presentation; further details will be provided nearer the time.
A reserve list of candidates may be kept for up to 12 months.
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.
If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.
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.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles
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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