Senior Regulatory Chemists (CRD Band 3/SEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 14th August 2022



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£39,334 - £45,865


Senior Executive Officer
Band 3

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



Bedford, Bootle, Bristol, Edinburgh, York


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.

This is an exciting time to join Chemical Regulations Division (CRD) with opportunities to develop and shape our regulatory schemes for the future. 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 guidance, partnership working and leadership to raise awareness and promote behaviour change to help improve the control of hazardous substances in the workplace.

We employ around 400 scientific, policy and support staff in various locations, including York, Bootle, Bristol, Bedford and London. HSE has now adopted hybrid working which will allow us all to work both in the office and at home and we will provide you with the necessary equipment to support you when working from home. However, please note that these posts are office based roles and they are not a remote location based or home worker post; as such, successful candidates will need to be in a position to attend the office from appointment date onwards and will be required to attend the office regularly and potentially at short notice. Successful candidates will also be expected to undertake some face to face training upon joining HSE and this will be office based.

Job description

You will be part of a team that is delivering HSE’s objectives. The UK having left the EU offers an exciting opportunity to develop and shape our regulatory schemes for the future.

With a world-class reputation for safeguarding the health and safety of people at work, HSE is adapting and evolving to meet the new challenges ahead.

To help us meet these challenges, we require ambitious Senior Regulatory Chemists to join us.

In this role you will focus on the evaluation of data on the physical and chemical properties, the analytical methods and consumer risk assessment of active substances and products. The evaluations will include residues data for both pesticides and biocide active substances, methods of analysis, plant and animal metabolism data and residues in food and feed to carry out consumer dietary exposure assessments and set MRLs (Maximum Residue Levels).

You will help manage the work within the team including new requirements gained as a result of leaving the EU. Specific to the MRL role another key aspect will be to contribute to the establishment of an MRL review programme for Great Britain to ensure that all MRLs are supported by appropriate data and are safe for UK consumers.

As a senior regulatory chemist, you will mentor and support members of the team, provide peer review of work, lead on specific technical aspects, and provide advice to specialist and policy colleagues and wider stakeholders. There will also be opportunities for you to lead for HSE on national and global activities, to ensure we keep pace with new and emerging issues.

You will also have opportunities to provide training at external commercial events organised by CRD.


• Be one of our Senior Regulatory Chemists, with a vital role in delivering our business plans
• Understand and apply the relevant regulations, guidance and models in relation to complex and challenging situations to make important decisions on the hazard and risk assessment of chemicals
• You will be one of a number of team leaders responsible for delivering the team business plans. In particular you will be contributing to the development and operation of the new GB regulatory regimes and this will involve internal collaboration, for example with Policy colleagues but also with a range of key stakeholders including Defra and the Devolved Administrations
• Work flexibly to support the delivery of the: MRL work programme, the approval of pesticide/biocide active substances, and product authorisations
• Manage and develop a team, including motivating staff, identifying training needs and taking a leading role in building capability
• Motivate and lead teams to identify requirements, plan work and manage delivery to quality, time and cost
• Provide guidance and deliver training to internal and external stakeholders on various aspects of the regulations
• Represent HSE, including presentation of your conclusions to a variety of internal and external stakeholders, e.g. expert groups and other government departments
• Lead key projects and/or work areas, monitoring and reporting on progress and delivery of projects to deadline and legislative targets

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list and there may be other tasks/responsibilities that will be required as part of these roles.

Person Specification
• Experience of assessing occurrence/ residues data in food or feed and undertaking consumer dietary risk assessments of chemicals or other contaminants. Experience of the evaluation of physical and chemical properties and analytical methods relating to active substances and products.
• Knowledge and experience of chemicals, biocides or pesticides legislation
• Technical credibility and experience of performing representational roles at national and international meetings
• Experience of leading teams and/or projects, developing yourself and others, and delivering to time, cost and quality criteria
• Initiative and decisiveness, supporting your ability to make effective decisions, while being open to challenge and involving others
• Comprehensive analytical skills with the ability to explain complex technical information in a clear, concise and timely way
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, enabling you to collaborate effectively and engagingly with others
• Experience in building and maintaining strong, positive working relationships both internally and externally
• Outstanding organisational skills in managing a varied workload to demanding deadlines


A degree, minimum 2:2 or a level 7/8 qualification (e.g. - postgraduate degree, postgraduate certificate) in a relevant science subject such as:

Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Food sciences
Occupational Hygiene


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

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Experience of leading on relevant chemistry technical issues, including mentoring and supporting colleagues, and sustaining team technical capability where appropriate;
  • Experience in a regulatory or scientific area relevant to the chemistry role and knowledge and experience of the human health hazard and risk assessment of plant protection products, biocides, and/or general chemicals.
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:


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of your application, you will be required to provide evidence of your experience against the two technical skills listed within this advert (250 words each).

In addition to the technical question responses, you will also complete a CV (job history, key responsibilities and membership of any professional bodies/societies) and statement of suitability (500 words) in which you should provide additional evidence to explain how your experience meets the person specification for the roles.

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

Sift Information
The sift is due to take place week commencing 15th August 2022. You will be assessed on your CV, Statement of Suitability and technical skills.

Interview Information
The Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams, if you are successful at sift and reach interview stage you will be sent a video link in advance of your interview. Interviews will be scheduled for week commencing 29th August.

If you are successful following the sift you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed against the behaviours specified in this advert, together with your chemistry technical knowledge/skills for the roles.

Dependent on numbers of applications received these dates could be subject to change.

Further Information
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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Nicola Snowden
  • 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.

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

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