Pesticides Enforcement Officer (PEO) (CRD Band 4/HEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 7th December 2021


Reference number



£31,663 - £35,906


Higher Executive Officer
Band 4

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Chemical Regulations Division (CRD)

Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern

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

Number of posts



Bootle - L20 7HS; York - YO1 7PX; Bristol - BS1 6EW.

About the job


Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We look forward to receiving your application

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.

CRD employs around 300 scientific, policy and support staff in York, Bootle and London. Our primary role is to deliver regulatory schemes intended to protect the health of people and the environment, balancing the economic and social benefits that chemicals offer to society and, helping to ensure the safe and sustainable use of chemicals. We also have a role through inspection, guidance, partnership working and leadership to raise awareness and promote behaviour change to help improve the control of hazardous substances in the workplace.

To achieve this and deliver improved regulatory outcomes, we work closely with small and large businesses, and key stakeholders, ranging from industry bodies and multi-national chemical businesses, other government departments (in particular Defra) and other regulators across Europe and internationally.

Job description

The UK’s implementation of the new Official Controls Regulations 2017/625 (OCR) requires the establishment of a new inspection and enforcement capability within HSE to put into effect Official Controls on the manufacture, supply, storage and use of Plant Protection Products (PPP).

This is a frontline role where you will need to be able to influence duty holders, identify material breaches of regulations, act to remedy breaches and check compliance with duties defined in a range of chemicals regulations. You will work closely with CRD inspectors to gather evidence for prosecutions and to serve enforcement notices. You will also be expected to work independently upon demonstration of the required competencies.

You will be trained to support HSE’s work with the chemical industries.

You will be required to undertake a combination of proactive and reactive duties, including involvement in investigations; and there will be a need to acquire an understanding and knowledge of relevant operational procedures.

The posts will provide you with significant opportunities to develop knowledge of enforcement practice and policy and working collaboratively with a range of internal and external partners and stakeholders.

The role will continue to evolve and you will need to remain flexible to adapt to new challenges as the Enforcement Team grows, including developing new online investigation tools and techniques; and prepare for the major changes required to implement under the Official Controls Regulation 2017/625, a programme of controls at GB operators.


• Visiting workplaces to assess compliance with specific requirements of the pesticides regulations

• Exercising powers under the relevant pesticides legislation - you will be provided with a certificate of authorisation (i.e. a warrant) setting out these powers

• Making judgements about matters of concern and identifying where an inspector intervention may be required - consulting with the operational team leader or regulatory inspector as necessary

• Taking enforcement action as appropriate

• Interacting with a wide range of duty holders, employees, trade union representatives, Local Authority Officers, other government agencies, members of the public and other interested parties

• Securing and processing evidence and contributing to its proper management

• Data analysis and inspection targeting

• Providing advice and guidance to duty holders, members of the public, other government departments and policy and enforcement colleagues

• Given that HSE regulates sites across the whole of GB you will be expected to spend short periods working away from home which will include overnight stays

Person Specification

To excel at this role, you will need to:

• Develop awareness and knowledge of HSE’s work and organisational structure

• Acquire an understanding and knowledge of relevant operational and legal procedures and become familiar with pesticides hazards from manufacture, through supply to their eventual application and use

• Work as part of a team with colleagues to deliver the key responsibilities of the post in a flexible and responsive manner responding to changes of priority as work demands dictate

• Demonstrate competence across a set number of modules in a defined training programme within an 18-24 month period; Including successfully passing and obtaining a NEBOSH Certificate in Health and Safety.

Note: In the event that you don’t achieve the necessary standards, we will support you and provide an opportunity to re-take the certificate. You should understand that if you fail, after two attempts, you will not be able to continue in this role as an enforcement officer.

Essential Requirements

• Evidence of working independently and an ability to make decisions about priorities and appropriate action on a day-to-day basis to achieve planned outcomes

• Experience of influencing and dealing successfully with difficult people/situations

• Evidence of good communication and customer relation skills and an ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with customers and adapt to different people and situations


A full driving licence that enables you to drive in the UK is essential. HSE is willing to consider proposals put forward by applicants with disabilities that would allow them to do the job by other means.


A degree (2:2) or equivalent (e.g. - a level 6 qualification) or higher qualification (e.g. - a level 7/8 qualification) in a relevant area such as;

• Natural Sciences
• Chemistry
• Environmental Sciences
• Biological Sciences
• Agriculture
• Horticulture
• Occupational Hygiene
• Biochemistry or Pharmacology or Toxicology


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace


We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay.

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 27.1%, far more than in the private sector.

• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career.

• 25 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and 1-day 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.


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:

Things you need to know


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 and Experience.
To apply you will need to complete the online application process on Civil Service Jobs. The closing date for receipt of applications is 23:55 on 7 December 2021.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to specify your preferred office location. Should you be successful, whilst every effort will be made to accommodate your preference, business need may mean you are offered a post that is outside of your location preference.

We will recruit in two stages:

Sift Stage

At sift, you will be assessed on:

• A CV - This should cover your career history and qualifications.

Please only include the name of the role, the years to and from and around 3-4 bullet points for each role detailing the key responsibilities. Any additional information provided will not be considered. The CV should also detail your qualifications - including subject studied and grade achieved.

Note: You are requested to remove personal data within your CV. This will help us to recruit based on your knowledge and skills and not on your background, gender or ethnicity. Recruiting this way is called ‘blind recruitment’.

You will also be asked to submit a maximum of 250 words on the following behaviours :

• Communicating and Influencing
• Making Effective Decisions
• Delivering at Pace

•A statement of suitability:
You will need to provide a statement of suitability of up to 500 words to cover your technical experience, knowledge and how you relate to the person specification. When writing your suitability statement please refer to the Essential Requirements of the job role as described above.

Please access the following link for guidance on how to apply and how to complete a Statement of Suitability

In the event that a large number of applications are received at sift, you will be assessed on Communicating and Influencing and the suitability statement only.

Interview Stage

Should you be successful at sift and reach interview stage, you will be assessed on the behaviours below via a behavioural interview and a presentation.

• Communicating and Influencing
• Making Effective Decisions
• Delivering at Pace

• A 10 minute, verbal presentation.

The topic of the presentation will be provided within the interview invitation. Please note - PowerPoint presentations are not required.

In the event of a tie-break situation at interview, the Communicating and Influencing behaviour will be used to determine the successful candidate.

The closing date for applications is 07 December 2021

Sifting will take place between 8 and 13 December 2021.

Interviews will take place during week commencing 10 and 17 January 2021.

Please note: dependant on numbers of applications received, these dates could be subject to change.

Interviews are provisionally to be held via video conference but could move to face to face interviews in Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, L20 7HS. The situation will be reviewed in January and details will be provided in the interview invitations.

Please Note: A reserve list may be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

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:

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

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Lauren Kinsella
Email :
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

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, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS.


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