Product Safety Engineer

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 11th December 2022



Reference number



£34,410 - £37,260
This post attracts a Government Science & Engineering specialist pay enhancement of £5,150 per annum

Job grade

Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

BEIS - Market Frameworks - Office for Product Safety and Standards

Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of jobs available




Job summary

About OPSS

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:

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.

Job description

Our Team:

We are a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers delivering testing and research across the broad range of regulatory areas that OPSS is responsible for. The team is based at our new laboratories at the Centre of Product Testing and Research which provide the capability for the assessment of a wide range of testing including metrology, mechanical, electrical, chemical and flammability. We seek to implement a high quality and fit for purpose test facility that delivers robust, scientific outputs. In collaboration with other internal evidence teams including those in science, engineering, research and analysis, our outputs inform policy development, incident investigation and the delivery and enforcement of product regulations. 

The Role:

We require a Product Safety Engineer to lead on product testing in our new electrical laboratories, collaborating with other technical specialists and ensuring OPSS continues to deliver high-quality technical services. You will apply your technical expertise to undertake and deliver relevant work programmes, ensuring appropriate risk assessments and training have been completed, and verifying the validity and robustness of test processes and outputs. This is a key post at our newly refurbished Teddington site, requiring close collaboration with other evidence and H&S teams to ensure the effective, efficient and safe operation of our laboratories.       

Person specification

•Lead on electronics product testing and research activities to support testing, incident investigation, policy and enforcement decision-making.

• Assess technical documentation to determine the extent to which a product meets relevant safety requirements.

• Take responsibility for the health and safety and quality management systems of our electrical laboratories, working with our QHSE Manager to ensure laboratory risk assessments and standard operating procedures are fit for purpose and regularly updated.

• Closely collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the methodologies and testing that the laboratory conducts are robust, rigorous and scientifically sound.

• Develop and maintain a profile in your area of expertise by attendance and participation in relevant external networks, meetings, training events etc.

Skills and Experience

We would love to hear from you if you have:

• Minimum of HNC/HND level qualification in an engineering discipline.

• Ability to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams.

• Excellent communication skills .

• Critical thinking and attention to detail.

• Have experience or knowledge of relevant health and safety considerations for an operational electronics laboratory.             

Desirable experience

• Have experience of working in a laboratory environment, particularly one operating under the principles of EN ISO/ IEC17025.

• Experience of the design, manufacture, assessment or servicing of products and the application of relevant electrical product safety standards, e.g. EN 60204-1, EN 12100, EN 60335, EN 62115 and EN 62368-1.

• Experience of testing or an awareness of the principles of Electromagnetic compatibility or electrical measurements associated with metrology would be an advantage.

Technical skills to be assessed during the selection process:

Applying Technical Knowledge - 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.

Provide technical and commercial leadership - Scopes, plans and manages multifaceted projects, Implements solutions with due regard to wider environment and broader context, Exercises responsibility for self and others, Demonstrates effective leadership, Takes responsibility for continuous performance improvement.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • 'Applying Technical Knowledge
  • Provide technical and commercial leadership’
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, with an average employer contribution of 27%.

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

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. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

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 "person specification" and the criteria detailed in the" skills and experience" sections of the job description.  

Please see the link below to our Personal Statement and CV Guidance for Candidates for further support. 

Please note - the CV is for information purposes only and will not be scored.

Applications will be sifted on personal statements and any technical skills required.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using 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: week commencing 12th December 2022.

Interview dates: week commencing 26th December 2022

Interview will be held using Microsoft Teams.

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

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 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.

Further Information

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 may be carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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

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 /Disclosure Scotland 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 stating the job reference number in the subject heading. 

For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email 

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.

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


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


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

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.
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 initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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 : Ellie Jarvie
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

  • Email :

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the recruitment principles, and wish to make a complaint, then you should contact in the first instance If you are not satisfied with the response that you receive, then you can contact the Civil Service Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission/Complaints

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