Specialist Chemical Advisor

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 31st January 2022

 

Reference number

177220

Salary

£29,267 - £32,766

Grade

Higher Executive Officer
Cefas Payband 5

Contract type

Permanent

Type of role

Science

Working pattern

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

Number of posts

1

Location

We welcome flexible working and are open to a hybrid approach of working from home and in an office. The location for this role is also flexible, though some travel to Cefas sites will be required. Please be aware that this role will be contractually based at one of the Cefas sites. The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location, and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time unless travelling for business purposes.

About the job

Summary

The purpose of the Specialist Advisor role is to lead the authoritative expert scientific advice and policy support to government regulators, as well as to lead and mentor the other advisors in the team. A specialist advisor is expected to maintain cross-team working and raise Cefas’ profile and reputation at a national level.

Job description

The main duties and responsibilities of this post include:

You will provide high quality scientific advice to BEIS, SSM, NOGEPA and the chemical supply industry regarding the environmental risk and hazard of offshore chemicals during the registration and permitting phase, as well as for the annual OSPAR OIC meeting.

You will support scientific delivery and publications regarding offshore chemical risk, specifically:

• To assess the environmental hazard of chemicals used by the offshore oil and gas industry as part of the chemical registration process for BEIS and SSM;
• To provide permitting advice for BEIS;
• To contribute to OSPAR (NL) and EEMS (UK) reports (NL audit and compile the quarterly report for BEIS); and
• To quality control, mentor and develop other advisors.

Responsibilities

The following are essential criteria required for this role and you must be able to demonstrate your skills and experience in the following areas:

• Experience in providing authoritative advice to non-specialists on matters relating to environmental impacts of human activities, specifically chemical use and toxicity in the marine environment;
• Sound knowledge and understanding of UK and international regulatory process and of relevant industry / sectors;
• Good communication and interpersonal skills; and
• Good organisational skills and effective prioritisation of workloads.

Academic qualification required for this vacancy is a degree in a relevant science such as chemistry. Previous relevant work experience in this area will be considered. For internal candidates, relevant previous experience will be considered.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • It is essential that the successful candidate demonstrates technical skills by showing experience of having: • Good computer literacy, including preparation of reports.
  • It is essential that the successful candidate demonstrates technical skills by showing experience of having: • Experience of using databases for the management of environmental and/or toxicological data.

Benefits

• Annual leave entitlement – 25 days on entry (rising to 30 days over first 5yrs)
• Access to learning and development tailored to your role
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
• Eligible to join the Civil Service Pension scheme. Very favourable package, contributions are more than matched by employer – more information can be found on the CSP website
http://www.civilservicepensionscheme.org.uk/
• Performance Related Pay scheme – yearly award linked to individual performance
• Staff Recognition vouchers
• In-year recognition scheme (monetary amounts up to max £2000 possible)

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Application Process
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, 3 x 250 word behaviour and 2 x 250 word technical statements.
Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Sift
Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Communicating and Influencing. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Sift and interview dates are to be confirmed. The interviews will be held either via a video link or in person. The interview schedule will be confirmed following sift results.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

Interview
If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on experience, behaviours, technical skills and strengths.

If scores are equal following interview, an assessment of the lead behaviour, Communicating and Influencing will be used by the panel.

You may also be required to give a presentation, complete a short test or provide a case study. You will receive further information to prepare for this if you are invited to interview.

The interview will be undertaken either in person or via Microsoft Teams.

Reserve List
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Merit Lists
Where more than one location is advertised, candidates will be posted in merit order by location. You will be asked to state your location preference on your application.

Salary
New entrants to the Civil Service are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable Adjustment
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 defrarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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.

Accessibility
If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

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 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.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading .

Internal Fraud Database Check
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.

Childcare Vouchers
Any move to Defra from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

Coronavirus
We are closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly for any updates from us as this is how we will communicate with you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code 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.
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.

Apply and further information

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Cally Wiles
Email :  careers@cefas.co.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  defrarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

ComplaintsIf you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: defrarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

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