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.

About the Team

We are the OPSS Enforcement Team

We are responsible for ensuring that businesses follow and comply with a range of regulations. Some of our teams help ensure the products that people buy are safe.

Some help to protect the environment. We do this by supporting businesses and making sure they have the information they need to make themselves compliant and, where needed, taking enforcement action against non-compliance. Our work helps to protect people and places.

As a Regulatory Compliance Officer, you will get to work on three different teams, giving you a range of experiences to draw on no matter what you focus on in the future. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic and varied role as part of a high-profile national regulator.

You will be part of our Apprenticeship Programme, studying for a Level 4 Regulatory Compliance Officer apprenticeship qualification. This is equivalent to the first year of a University Degree. Our apprentices are our future enforcement officers and leaders. Whether you are at the start of your career, or are an experienced professional looking for something new to move your career forward, we believe in supporting people to develop and grow.

Job description

Work with businesses to help them understand the regulations that apply to them and give them advice and support.

  • Check products and businesses to see if they are compliant with the relevant regulations and, if not, assess the level of risk of harm to people or place to decide what the best course of action will be. You might do this in response to an issue or complaint, or as part of a project looking at a type of product or business area.
  • Support enforcement cases. This means investigating businesses and products we believe are not compliant with the relevant regulations, and taking enforcement action where necessary, following the required processes and procedures.
  • Communicate with businesses, and our partner organisations, to solve problems and resolve any issues of non-compliance.
  • Read and understand written documents and data and write reports following inspections or projects.
  • Work with your colleagues in Enforcement Teams and across the Office for Product Safety and Standards, to share information and find ways to increase our impact.
  • Learn and develop the skills you need to be an effective regulator through the Apprenticeship and the Continuing Professional Development we offer to our officers.

Person specification

Essential Criteria: 

We want to hear from you if you have the qualities below!

  • You want to build a career in regulation.
  • You are able to challenge.
  • You are naturally curious.
  • You are not intimidated by complex technical information, such as legislation and technical product information, and can understand and work with them.
  • You are able to speak confidently and handle difficult conversations.
  • You are able to work as part of a team to share knowledge and skills, and to achieve team goals.
  • You can work at pace to tight deadlines, and manage multiple workstreams.
  • You are detailed focused and will make sure all appropriate procedures are followed correctly, but you are also able to think creatively and propose new ways to achieve our aims.
  • You are happy to undertake any training which will enable you to develop as an excellent regulator.
  • You are proficient with Microsoft office, and able to learn to use other digital tools as needed.
  • You meet the eligibility requirements for the apprenticeship.
  • A driving licence is likely to be necessary to complete some aspects of the roles. You either need to have a full driving licence or be working towards getting one.
  • We are looking for diverse candidates including school leavers, university graduates, and people seeking a career change. Experience in an office environment is not required.

As a placement student, there will be exciting opportunities for you to collaborate with specialists, undertake research and contribute to a range of different projects that have real world impact. This may include, testing products, drafting briefs, undertaking literature reviews, analysing data, and providing evidence-based insights. You will also gain experience of working for the Department for Business and Trade and the wider Civil Service.

OPSS lead the regulatory system for legal metrology, product safety, construction products and standards in the UK. OPSS Testing Laboratories team is a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers delivering testing capability across metrology, mechanical, electrical, chemical and flammability facilities. In collaboration with other OPSS evidence teams such as science and engineering, our outputs inform policy development, incident investigation and the delivery and enforcement of product regulations.

The role is based in Teddington with flexible and hybrid working offered (80% minimum on-site attendance is required) and will occasionally be required to travel to other locations to meet with staff, relevant partners, stakeholders and customers.

We welcome applications from ambitious individuals who have the energy to make positive change happen. If you can meet the challenge, we want to hear from you!

The Engineering and Technology team lead in providing technical advice and support within OPSS, covering a number of different Regulations across a wide variety of product types in a number of different sectors. We contribute knowledge and experience to cross office activities and work-streams to enhance the understanding and development of policy, supporting Enforcement and responses to Incidents in all regulatory areas that OPSS holds policy or Enforcement responsibility.

This is a great opportunity where through expertise and experience you can ensure that OPSS actions are made with a comprehensive technical understanding of the issues and evidence. We are recruiting to a post within the Technical Policy team where you will work with a network of colleagues and stakeholders across OPSS , BSI and Industry.  You will be expected to work flexibly, across teams and tasks, as business priorities evolve.

You will support OPSS’ work to protect consumers with regards to Toy safety and chemicals used in Cosmetics, predominantly through effective collaboration with the Science Team and BSI Technical Committees.

​Business Analysts support our service teams by analysing problems and opportunities in our services to produce solutions and improvements. You’ll work with stakeholders to identify opportunities and benefits that our services can bring and look to ensure that they are implemented.

​We need excellent Business Analysts to take a lead role in our projects and ensure that our services deliver clear and tangible benefits to the business and our stakeholders. If you enjoy delivering improvements to processes and benefits to stakeholders, then we want to hear from you!

The Legal Practice and Advice Team are from a mixture of public sector and private practice backgrounds and from the Criminal Bar.  The team provides legal advice across all of OPSS’s functions. These are exciting opportunities for highly motivated lawyers with strong interpersonal skills who are able to work well within a team. These posts report directly to the Head of Regulatory Legal Advice.

You will work closely with teams across the OPSS to provide pragmatic, solution focussed and high-quality legal advice. The scope of the role, reflecting the breadth of OPSS’s functions, is broad. We do not expect applicants to have existing expertise in all areas of OPSS’s work but you must be willing to advise on a wide range of matters including our data transformation programme, development of policy, enforcement across a range of civil and criminal legislation, and statutory decision-making. In doing so, you will liaise with both Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and other government departments, such as the Government Legal Department (GLD), as well as other regulators and commercial entities as appropriate.

Vacancies open to existing Civil Servants

We have some fantastic opportunities for the right candidate. Please note that the roles below are only open to existing Civil Servants.