We’re undergoing an exciting period of change and growth at OPSS, and there’s never been a better time to join us. Below you can find our current vacancies, which are updated regularly.

The Office of Product Safety and Standards is recruiting for a Technical Policy Lead into the Research, Evidence and Dissemination (RED) team.  The RED team is responsible for the Office’s Strategic Research Programme and Research Hub, developing new and novel research, and ways of delivering research, to drive forward improvements in consumer product safety through changes in policy and delivering regulation, and, has oversight of how the OPSS designates standards for GB.


This is an exciting opportunity to apply for a new role in the RED team that will lead on further developing our growing and cross-disciplinary scientific and technical research function. This includes the development, coordination and maintenance of structures and capabilities that support the development of a robust, fit for purpose and value for money evidence base, as well as, ensuring that the operational and delivery needs of colleagues are met by carrying out high quality research, and providing evidence on which to base decisions. Your work will support the creation and delivery of repatriated UK regulatory functions that OPSS is responsible for, including designating standards and appointing Approved Bodies. Designated standards are lists of standards that businesses can use to show their products, services or processes align with essential requirements of legislation. You will work with technical colleagues, and policy leads across OPSS to develop processes and monitor progress as part of the government’s process to decide whether a standard is appropriate for designation. This is an exciting time to join the team and have your chance help us build for the future!


The Office of Product Safety and Standards is recruiting for a Principal Chemicals Advisor into the Science Team.  The Science Team provides access to robust and relevant scientific advice and novel research for the development of policy, and the delivery and enforcement of product safety regulations across the OPSS remit, including toys, cosmetics and new responsibilities in construction products. We work closely with other evidence teams including those in engineering, research, analysis and testing. It is a multidisciplinary team including scientists covering specialisms including analytical chemistry, materials science and toxicology. The team is also responsible for chemical risk assessment advice and leads the Office’s access to independent scientific experts in the space of chemicals and materials.


We require a chemical science specialist to become our Principal Chemicals Advisor in this area. You will provide oversight, knowledge and direction on the identification, testing and management of chemicals in consumer products such as cosmetics, toys and textiles. You will lead a team of science specialists that will support you in the delivery of research, testing and evidence-based development of options for the management of chemicals content in consumer products. You and your team will work closely with others across OPSS that develop policy and inform and enforce regulations. Working together you will ensure that the advice and evidence you develop supports the delivery of correspondence and external communications, working with other government agencies and departments as the need arises