DfT/789/17/DVSA Risk and Business Continuity Assistant

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Closing date: 27 Sep 2017

Reference number



£24,876 - £26,000


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Other - Finance & Corporate Services

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support
Risk Management

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Bristol, South West, BS5 0DA : Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 5GU

About the job

Job description

Do you work well with colleagues? Do you have an interest in policies and processes? If so, we are looking for a Risk and Business Continuity Assistant to join our team at the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

You will support the Risk and Business Continuity Officer and Assurance Officer in ensuring that risk management and business continuity planning standards are adhered to, ensuring that the Agency is best prepared to respond to its risks, has appropriate business continuity plans and helps facilitate assurance checking.

Role Responsibilities will include:
• acting as a point of contact for providing advice and guidance to local managers on risk culture, processes and escalation points
• supporting the arrangement of the quarterly risk champion meetings at team level setting agendas, preparing and distributing material; stepping up to lead the meeting if necessary
• monitoring and managing the 2risky inbox which allows staff to report risks in confidence, analysing the information for patterns and trends and making recommendations for improving risk management
• drafting online material for risk and business continuity matters which are published for all staff
• managing the delivery of bespoke risk training for new corporate senior leaders and staff nationwide to help embed a positive risk culture

About you
You should have the ability to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders. You will have good attention to detail with the ability to analyse information, identifying patterns/trends and making recommendations. You should also have a willingness to travel across the UK with some overnight stays possible.

About us
The work that we do is important as it affects everyone in Great Britain.
We are responsible for improving road safety and setting the standards for driving and compliance. We ensure that the general public understand and follow these standards through education, testing and when required enforcement action.

By joining us you will be working for an employer who makes a real difference to road safety across Great Britain.

This role can either be based at Bristol, South West, BS5 0DA or Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 5GU.


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

  • Making effective decisions
  • Changing and improving
  • Delivering at pace
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Managing a quality service

You must provide evidence against the following on your application form:

  • Making effective decisions
  • Changing and improving
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent. The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements. You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For further information on this vacancy please contact tom.middleton@dvsa.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place on 02/10/2017.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held between week commencing 16/10/2017 and week commencing 23/10/2017.

Whilst we will endeavour to meet the dates set out in the advert there may be occasions when these dates will change. Those candidates invited to assessment will be provided with sufficient notice of confirmed dates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.

Further information

Please see attached candidate notes.

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

If appropriate, your application form and selection information may be shared with additional vacancy holders across the Department and its Agencies.

Reasonable adjustments

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:

Approach the point of contact in the job advert 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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