Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Administrator (SD Band 4/HEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 11th October 2020


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£30,821 - £35,064
For external candidates the starting salary will be £30821


Higher Executive Officer
Band 4

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Science Division (SD)

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Information Technology

Working pattern

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

Number of posts




About the job


At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britain’s industries. Combining specialists from numerous fields, we strive to keep people and their working environments safe.

We don’t just inspect workplaces and investigate incidents, we campaign for better H&S practice, we craft and review guidance and regulations, we provide specialist products and services both here and overseas, and we produce crucial research and statistics – all towards our goal of helping Great Britain work well.

This exciting opportunity will be based in the Science Division of the HSE at our research laboratory and unique outdoor testing facilities, in Buxton, Derbyshire.

HSE’s Science Division is a world leading provider of health and safety solutions to industry and government. The scope of our work requires a diversity of talented individuals.

Our capabilities encompass a wide range of topics including: geographical, statistical and economic analysis; fire, explosion, process safety and engineering; occupational and environmental health; risk assessment; work environment; and specialist photographic and other analytical services.

This breadth of expertise underpins our particular strength in creating multidisciplinary teams to support major incident investigations and policy development, as well as undertaking high quality research.

We are looking for a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Administrator to join our Data Management and Spatial Analysis Team (DMSA) in HSE's Analysis and Data Group.

This is an excellent opportunity to use your skills to contribute to valuable operational and scientific projects, providing services and undertaking research and analysis to support HSE’s regulation and enforcement duties.

The team’s work areas include demographics, geographical risk modelling and land use planning, for both internal HSE stakeholders and external commercial customers.

You will be part of a team of GIS specialists and there will be opportunities to collaborate with technical experts across many other disciplines.

HSE is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment and we particularly welcome Women/BAME/disabled/LGBT+ applicants, as they are currently underrepresented in this discipline within HSE.

Job description

Your role will involve:

• Leading DMSA's efforts to update and automate the data management processes for HSE's externally facing planning advice web app. The approach currently use a mixture of SQL Server Integration Services, Python and manual procedures.

• Administering and updating the team's web GIS platforms which are built on ArcGIS Online and a legacy ArcGIS Server system.

• Helping to develop skills of others in the team in web GIS and automation.

• Contributing to other GIS and data analysis projects as and when required. Typical projects are in the fields of land use planning, demographics and impact modelling.

• Supporting HSE’s commercial activity, providing technical input and helping to identify opportunities to broaden the reach of DMSA's offerings outside of HSE.


You must be able to demonstrate:

• Strong skills and competence in using workflow automation tools such as SQL Server Integration Services, Python and PowerShell.

• Knowledge and experience of administering web GIS technologies e.g. ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online, GeoServer, etc.

• Strong written communication skills e.g. technical reports, user guides, methodologies, etc.

• The capacity to work on a variety of projects simultaneously and reprioritising to suit changing demands.

• The capability to work with stakeholders to set priorities, objectives and timescales.

• The ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.


You will be expected to have knowledge and expertise of the following:

• Workflow automation technologies such as SQL Server Integration Services, Python and Powershell.

• Administering web GIS systems such as ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server, GeoServer, etc.

• Writing reports and/or technical documentation.


A good degree (2:2 or above) in Geography, GIS, Computing or a closely related subject


a proven track record using workflow automation and web GIS technologies, and writing reports or technical documentation in your job history.


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together


• 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

We invest in our people with:

• Competitive rates of pay
• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute far more than in the private sector
• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career
• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave
• Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.

Returning to work after a break:

We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.

This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm)

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is 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 and Experience.
The Sift will take place during the week commencing 12th October 2020.

Please Note:

If a large number of applications are received, we will sift on the following behaviour: Managing a Quality Service.

The Interviews will take place during the week commencing 26th October 2020 and week commencing 5th November 2020. (by skype, telephone or in person depending on current restrictions). Please note that this date is subject to change due to panel availability.

Candidates invited to interview will be assessed on all 3 Behaviours together with Experience

Further Information:

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

Any move across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please contact:


If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: or by writing to HSE at the following address:

HSE Resourcing Team
2.3 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
L20 7HS

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact Civil Service commissioners:

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.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  William Holmes
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