Control, Instrumentation and Cyber Security Specialist (CEMHD B3 / SEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Closing date: 30 Nov 2018

Reference number



£63,473 - £68,208


Senior Executive Officer
Band 3

Contract type


Business area

Operational Delivery Group - CEMHD

Type of role


Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Basingstoke, South East : Bedford, Eastern : Birmingham, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

About the job

Job description

At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy.

Our Control, Instrumentation and Cyber Security specialists help employers across Great Britain in a large range of essential major hazard industries, with thousands of workers, to manage work safely.

In this role, you can utilise your considerable technical knowledge to influence not only individual employers but whole industry sectors, particularly the major hazard industries.

A career with HSE gives you a unique opportunity to visit and interact with different and diverse employers and work activities, whether that’s inspecting a variety of major hazard installations, helping an employer understand the right controls to have in place, or investigating the aftermath of a major accident.

You’ll work alongside other technical specialists to reduce the risks associated with the management of industrial control systems to help improve safety across a wide range of activities within UK major hazard industries.

Your work will make the most of your experience – you could be involved in detailed technical analysis of safety cases on one day, inspecting control systems and interacting with engineering staff on site the next or perhaps involved in the aftermath of a major accident, working to find out the root
causes and prevent a reoccurrence. This engineering role could see you appearing in Court as an expert witness or perhaps working with committees on new standards to drive improvements in industry. As you can see this role will broaden your knowledge and your professional credibility like no other
role can.

Together with the widest range of health and safety experts in Britain, you’ll be helping to protect thousands of people, whether that is from our offices or out on site.

Key responsibilities include;
• Inspection of a variety of workplaces, either on your own or as part of an expert team, to make sure that risks associated with industrial control systems are suitably managed;

• The production of technical inspection reports that identify risk gaps and failure(s) to comply with the law;

• Taking suitable enforcement action to address significant risk gaps on operator’s sites e.g. prohibiting processes or activities;

• Forensic analysis of the electrical or control systems elements of accidents in major hazards industries in order to identify root causes and where necessary, leading the technical aspects of the investigation, calling in other
expert support and supporting legal enforcement action to prevent a recurrence;

• Provide expert opinion on the management of industrial control systems and, when required, work as a specialist investigator or expert witness at tribunals, inquests and legal proceedings;

• Assessment of safety cases submitted by organisations to ensure effective management of risk and identify priority areas for inspection;

• Advise colleagues on technical matters out with their area of expertise e.g. standards for electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres, and how the conditions compare with minimum legal requirements and relevant good practice;

• Liaise with other Government departments, the public, industry,professional bodies and trade associations in order to secure intelligence,share information and contribute towards policy, research and guidance on functional safety, electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres and cyber security;

• Using your expertise and experience to drive improvements in technical and operational standards nationally and to promote better health and safety at UK forums, and at relevant conferences.

You will be expected to travel regularly including frequent nights away from home. Whilst you will be located at one of the following offices,(Basingstoke, Bedford, Birmingham, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford,Glasgow, Leeds, and Newcastle) you may be required to attend sites across the UK (including the Scottish Isles).

At HSE, you can develop your expertise even further. While working, you will complete specialist training to understand the legal and enforcement requirements of this front-line role. This includes a mixture of e-learning and face to face tutorials. As well as learning on the job, you can complete
bespoke courses to develop and grow your technical knowledge on Control, Instrumentation and Cyber Security and have wider learning opportunities through your Civil Service access.

Person specification

‘About you’
To be considered for this role, you will;

• Have held a technical management role e.g. engineering manager

• Have a proven track record in the selection, design, commissioning, operation and maintenance of process control and safety instrumented systems in a relevant industry e.g. petrochemical;

• Have practical experience of the selection, design, installation, commissioning, inspection and maintenance of electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres;

• Have an in depth knowledge and application of Relevant Good Practice in the process industry sector or equivalent e.g. BS EN 61511, BS EN 60079 etc.

• An understanding of the assessment of the cyber security risks posed to industrial control systems and safety instrumented systems and the risk reduction measures that might be taken. Successful candidates will receive further training in this area if required.

In addition, you’ll have made some impact in your career so far making intelligent, measured decisions in your area, with good analytical skills to spot underlying issues.

Communication is key in this role and you will be able to
persuade and influence people at all levels. We value people who respect others, work well in a team and can build robust relationships with employers and other stakeholders.


A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK, unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010.


A relevant degree, e.g. electrical, electronic or control engineering


Membership of a relevant Institution e.g. the IET
Registration with the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or suitable qualifications and experience to achieve this when in post


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

  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

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

  • -Secure, maintain and develop relevant technical expertise
  • -Understanding and complying with statutory (and non-statutory) requirements of current role
  • -Apply scientific / technical knowledge
  • -Engaging people - Building capability for all
  • -Overseeing the technical work of others



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance-related awards

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contributes around 21%, 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

• Comprehensive training to become a specialist inspector and support with CPD. As a Civil Servant, you can receive at least five days of learning and development each year to increase your skills and help further your career


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/excessfares-

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.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
How to apply

We recruit in two stages:
• An initial sift to create a shortlist
(A short Telephone interview may follow the initial sift)
• Selection interviews stage.

To make an initial application, complete your CV and personal statement on Civil Service Jobs. Your personal statement (no more than 1200 words) will set out how you match the role requirements listed above:

• Your current level of responsibility
• The breadth and depth of your experience
• The technical quality and standard of your work.

You will also need to pass basic personnel security level checks and meet UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

We recruit on merit based on fair and open competition, embracing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity.

IMPORTANT: Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.
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.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Terms & Conditions

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

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For more information or to discuss the vacancy, contact Alex Thomson at, 020 3028 1353

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift - Date TBC
Interviews - Date TBC

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
L20 7HS

Alternatively you can contact Civil Service commissioners
Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

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