Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician (SD Band 5/EO)

Health and Safety Executive

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


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£25,674 - £29,051
For external candidates the starting salary will be £25674 (FTE)


Executive Officer
Band 5

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Science Division (SD)

Type of role

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) Technician to join our Data Management and Spatial Analysis Team (DMSA) in the 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 work mainly with your team colleagues but 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 Female/BAME/disabled/LGBT+ applicants, as they are currently underrepresented in this discipline within HSE.

Job description

Your role will involve:

• Maintenance of GIS data and maps to support HSE’s land use planning advice, using standard procedures and automated update processes. This will include data updates into our externally facing planning advice web app.

• Obtaining data from external sources (e.g. other public sector bodies, utilities companies, etc.) for use by DMSA and other teams in HSE.

• Updating Ordnance Survey datasets used by the team, and archiving older datasets.

• Providing quality assurance for other work undertaken by the DMSA team, including National Population Database development.


You must be able to demonstrate:

• Strong skills and competence in using GIS technologies.

• Experience of managing datasets e.g. vector and raster GIS data, spreadsheets and databases.

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

• 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:

• GIS technologies e.g. ArcGIS Desktop/Professional, MapInfo Professional, etc.

• Managing datasets e.g. vector and raster GIS data, spreadsheets, databases, etc.


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


proven track record using GIS technologies and managing datasets in your job history.


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

  • 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 19th October 2020

Please Note:

If a large number of applications are received, we will sift on the following behaviour: Delivering at Pace.

The Interviews will take place during the week commencing 5th November 2020 (by phone, skype 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 both 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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