Scientific Support Technician (Band 6/AO)
Health and Safety Executive
Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 31st August 2022
Type of role
Health and Safety
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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.
We have an exciting and varied opportunity for a motivated individual with an interest in Science, to join the Exposure Assessment & Control (EAC) team. EAC is part of HSE Science Divisions’ Health Group, whose purpose is to prevent worker ill health caused by exposure to chemical, physical and biological hazards. The multidisciplinary team comprises expertise in occupational hygiene and allied specialisms in the disciplines of noise, vibration, aerosols, respiratory protection and ventilation.
At the Health and Safety Executive, we believe everyone has the right to come home safe and well from their job. That’s why our mission is to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health.
We don’t just inspect workplaces and investigate incidents, we campaign for better Health & Safety practice, we develop 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.
You will be based at our Science & Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton, in the centre of the beautiful Peak District, Derbyshire. The Centre is an internationally renowned scientific facility for health and safety, employing scientific, medical and technical specialists in a purpose-built laboratory at our 550-acre site.
More details about the services available at the Science & Research Centre and HSE can be found on our website here: www.hsl.gov.uk
You will be required to travel for field based activities, site visits and other activities within the UK, in line with business needs.
The Health Group (HG) has a wide range of technical and diverse disciplines requiring flexible and collaborative working; you will be expected to assist colleagues not only across the EAC & wider HG but also across HSE in their programmes of work. Part of your role will include manual handling duties and there will be occasions when you will be expected to undertake routine driving duties.
You will be expected to manage your own workload and prioritise on a daily basis to meet business demands.
• Working in a variety of environments & locations, which will include manual handling, office & laboratory work, lone working, factory visits and driving duties within the UK.
• Providing routine scientific support to EAC colleagues, particularly in respiratory protective equipment (RPE), gas detection, ventilation and aerosols.
• Maintaining & preparing equipment for use.
• Managing the administration & organisation of equipment calibration and servicing.
• Completing routine equipment calibration & safety checks.
• Providing logistical support e.g. incident material collection, maintaining chain of evidence etc.
• Following and working to safety, quality and operational procedures / strict methodologies, with attention to detail.
• Other routine laboratory, technical and /or business support tasks as required in line with business needs.
• Handling biological and chemical materials
• Working collaboratively with colleagues in and across the Health Capability Group (HCG), Science Division (SD), other HSE Divisions and external collaborators and stakeholders.
You will have:
• Good communication skills (verbal & written), enabling you to collaborate effectively, develop and maintain positive professional working relationships, engage with others at all levels both within HSE and with external collaborators and stakeholders.
• Good organisational and preparedness skills for planning, scheduling and undertaking a varied workload, to maximise time and productivity and ensuring delivery to time, cost and quality.
• The ability to work both as part of a team and autonomously.
• The ability to adapt to situations and variations in workload; being flexible and, versatile whilst maintaining efficiency.
• The ability to follow and work to procedures, with attention to detail.
• Experience of using software packages, including Office 365, Microsoft Word and Excel.
• The ability to use bespoke software packages and analyze data, including Python, R Programming & MATLAB is desirable.
• The desire and ability to commit to learning and development, through a variety of mediums.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
- Working Together
• Full training will be provided in line with experience and qualifications, with the opportunity for further Learning & Development throughout your employment.
• Onsite canteen facilities.
• Flexible working options, including flexi-time and hybrid working.
• A culture encouraging 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 26.6% far better than 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 (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm)
Selection process details
Within your application form please complete the following:
1. A CV that concisely outlines your career history and qualifications. Please note that your CV will not be assessed and will be used for information purposes only.
2. A Statement of Suitability (of up to 750 words) which demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the job description, responsibilities and person specification.
3. You will also be asked to complete 250 words that demonstrate the behaviour Working together.
The Sift will take place during the week commencing 5th September and week commencing 12th September 2022 where you will be assessed on your Statement of Suitability and the behaviour "Working together."
Please note that should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the behaviour Working together. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to interview.
Interviews will take place at HSE Buxton during the week commencing 3rd October 2022 where you will be assessed on your experience and the two behaviours: "Working Together" and "Delivering At Pace"
Please note a reserve list will be held for 12 months.
Please access the following link for guidance on how to apply and how to complete a Statement of Suitability https://www.civil-service-careers.gov.uk/how-to-apply/
When completing your application and preparing for an interview, consider using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) model as a basis for your answers. Think about what was needed, what you did and how you did it, what happened and what the outcome was.
The statement of suitability and behaviour requirements are your opportunity to give evidenced examples of how you fit the requirement and why you should get the job.
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.
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