Vacancies

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 Digital and Technology team, and we build digital services focused on product safety and regulation.

Our team is a mixed team of civil servants and contractors that collaborate in agile service teams working on user centred designs.

We have an exciting portfolio of services that have internal and external users and there are already further services in our pipeline for future development.

This is an exciting time to be at OPSS Digital. As a fast-growing area of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, we’re raising compliance standards across the board and making a real-world impact on millions of lives nationwide.

We are currently looking for a Delivery Manager who will lead agile service teams, delivering key OPSS priorities.

This is a mid-level role for experienced delivery professionals who will have the opportunity to develop and grow in the profession.

OPSS has sites in Birmingham, London and Teddington. This role will be based in our Birmingham office. There will be a need to travel to our other sites on occasion.

About the Role

Product Managers make things better, and we need excellent Product Managers! Can you lead a team to build services to help people? If yes, we want to hear from you!

As a Product Manager for OPSS Digital, you’ll help define, explain and iterate a product vision that is compelling to your users, team and stakeholders. You’ll plan the work for multi-disciplinary teams helping to build out and deliver an ambitious product roadmap.

We’ll develop you by providing further training and providing experience of working on services throughout the product lifecycle. You’ll learn skills and techniques that will help you to lead service teams and deliver results.

Our digital service portfolio is growing all the time and at different stages of maturity from live to emerging services. Depending on priorities, you could be working on an existing live service or one that’s in the development pipeline.

Our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. We also nurture talent and offer a broad range of learning and development opportunities that will help you flourish in your role.

We work hard to maintain a positive working culture and are committed to helping you fulfil your potential. We value diversity and provide an open, inclusive and supportive environment to help you do your best work.

We are the Energy and Product Enforcement Team, the enforcement arm of the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

With over 80 staff, we implement a range of product, environmental and energy efficiency regulations across a wide variety of product types in a number of different sectors, and we aim to tackle new and complex issues such as the selling of products online.

We are working towards providing a regulatory environment in which businesses have the confidence to invest and grow whilst ensuring that consumers and the environment are protected.

In all of the roles you will work closely with teams across OPSS to support our strategic objectives.

You will play an instrumental role in building our reputation as an exemplar regulator, by improving transparency and accountability to the businesses we regulate and the citizens we serve.

 

The roles are based in separate teams.

 

The Energy Supply Team aims to support the UK environmental ambitions by ensuring meters are accurate, and deliver enforcement duties as the National Regulator of the labelling of alternative fuel at refuelling stations, and the public infrastructure requirements of recharging points for electric vehicles by;

• Delivering risk-based, intelligence-lead responses connected to these regulations.

• Undertaking project or programme-based market surveillance in relevant areas tackling risk across the UK.

• Increasing sector compliance through establishing partner relationships and joined up approaches.

• Identify and take part in opportunities for the team to develop its reputation as a trusted regulator by engaging with the businesses we regulate, and other stakeholders across the energy supply sector.

 

The Product Safety Team are responsible for delivering trusted product safety regulation in our role as a National Regulator by:

• Delivering risk-based, intelligence-lead responses to Product Safety issues tasked to the team.

• Undertaking project or programme-based work in areas tackling risk that are considered nationally significant, novel or contentious.

• Coordinating and working in partnership with Local Authorities and other regulatory agencies to provide a consistent approach across the product safety framework.

• Delivering work in other legislative areas were OPSS has Policy responsibility, including outdoor noise.

 

The role of the Ports, Incidents, and Investigations Team is to lead on and/or support cross functional Enforcement activity with a readiness to respond to matters of significant national importance by:

• Building OPSS response capability at ports and deploying enforcement staff to undertake enforcement at ports either as the lead or in conjunction with Partner Agencies, Regulators, Market Surveillance Authorities, and Other Government Departments.

• Leading our Enforcement response on declared incidents, collaborating across OPSS and in line with the department’s incident management plan.

• Undertaking, coordinating, and supporting investigations across all OPSS Enforcement areas, providing guidance, advice, and support to other enforcement teams and leading on highly complex investigations whilst using the full range of regulatory options and tools available.

We are looking for a Trainee Metering Engineer to support our metering work and provide technical support across the Energy Supply team.

The Energy Supply Team sits within the wider Energy & Product Enforcement Directorate. The Directorate is responsible for a range of environmental regulations, alongside product safety, and are developing a coordinated approach to product compliance.

We are working towards providing a regulatory environment in which businesses have the confidence to invest and grow, and citizens and communities are protected. We do this by taking a risk-based and proportionate approach to our activities and by operating under The Regulators’ Code.

This role is within the team responsible for the legislation covering Gas and Electricity Meters.

In this role you will work closely with teams across the Office to support our strategic objectives.

You will support businesses to ensure compliance and consumer confidence in the accuracy of their utility meters. For further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gas-and-electricity-meter-regulations.

 

 

The Energy Supply Team sits within the wider Energy and Products Enforcement Team. As a team, we are responsible for the accuracy of gas and electricity meters; and the enforcement of environmental and energy efficiency regulations covering: Alternative Fuels Infrastructure, Electric Vehicle Smart Charge Points, Fuel Labelling and Heat Networks.

In this role you will work closely with multiple teams and departments to support the Office for Product Safety and Standard’s strategic objectives, playing an instrumental role in building our reputation as an exemplar regulator, and improving transparency and accountability to the businesses we regulate and the citizens we serve.

The scope of the role is broad and the area of work is evolving, so you can craft the role to deliver our new Electric Vehicle Smart Charge Point (EVSCP) enforcement activity in line with your skills, experience and aspirations!

A key requirement for this role will be to understand and communicate the cyber security requirements of the new regulations to stakeholders, to assess and encourage compliance.

Applications open for experts wishing to join the Office for Product Safety and Standards Register of Specialists (OPSS RoS)

Experts are encouraged to apply to join the Register of pre-approved experts from whom OPSS can commission short pieces of ad hoc scientific work to support its work in protecting the public.

In this call for construction products expertise, we are looking for experts within the domains of civil and structural engineering, fire sciences, material science as well as other associated areas of knowledge in relation to the natural analytical sciences and technical fields of expertise.

Refer to annex A of the information pack for applicants for a non-exhaustive list of the specific areas of expertise.

Experts will be selected based on their experience and ability to provide scientific evidence, analysis or technical advice across OPSS’s remit including:

  • Construction product research support: methodological design, proposal appraisal, rapid evidence reviews, report evaluation/peer review, quality assurance and risk analysis.
  • Guidance and technical support on the development and validation of analytical methodologies applied to the assessment of construction products.
  • Ad hoc technical advice on construction product safety issues which may impact human health

There is further information available on OPSS web pages.

Specialists can find out more information via the Information pack for applicants

Any specialist who wishes to apply must submit a completed application form in Microsoft word format.

All applicants looking to apply to be on OPSS’s register of specialists for construction products are to send the following information to OPSSConstructionProductsRoS@beis.gov.uk:

  • your CV (mandatory)
  • completed application form in Microsoft Word format (signed electronically) (mandatory, forms in other formats will not be processed)
  • your Declaration of Interests (mandatory)
  • your list of publications (last 10 years) (optional)

 

About the Team

We are a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers delivering testing capability across the whole portfolio of OPSS regulatory requirements. The team works across our new laboratories at the Centre of Product Testing and Research which include metrology, mechanical, electrical, chemical and flammability facilities. We seek to implement fit for purpose practices and procedures to deliver robust, scientific outputs. In collaboration with other internal evidence teams including those in science, engineering, research and analysis, our outputs inform the development of policy, and the delivery and enforcement of product regulations across the OPSS remit.

About the Role

We require a Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental Manager to lead and shape our internal systems and processes, embracing a culture of continuous improvement and ensuring OPSS continues to deliver a high-quality technical service. You will have a strong focus on providing knowledge and direction on the safe operation of the laboratories and you will develop and maintain Integrated Management Systems to drive improvements. This is a key post at our newly refurbished Teddington site, working closely with our lab-based and estates functional teams to ensure the effective, efficient and safe operation of our laboratories.

This is an opportunity for you to deliver a portfolio of projects and use your expertise and knowledge to help other teams in OPSS. Examples of our projects include identifying novel approaches to bring together and analyse a wide variety of data sources to better understand consumer injury and harm; and exploring potential product safety incidents. This will involve working at pace and collaboratively with a range of colleagues (including the digital team, scientists, engineers), and with partners including Trading Standards and businesses. You will help OPSS deliver the data transformation programme, investigate new data sources and techniques, and champion the use of robust pipelines to deliver reproducible outputs.

About the Team

The Government has announced that the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) will host the new national regulator for construction products, driving the improvement of safety and performance standards and ensuring compliance with construction product regulations. This will involve working with our partners in Government, local authorities and elsewhere to ensure that public confidence in the safety and performance of construction products is improved and maintained. OPSS, working closely with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, is currently preparing for this exciting new role.

About the Role

The Operational Policy Manager position in the Sector Compliance Team is a multifaceted role which requires a similarly wide-ranging suite of skills and competences. The successful candidate will play a meaningful role in shaping and delivering our regulatory activities and can expect to be involved in activities as diverse as engaging with industry, supporting the development of our evidence base, drafting industry guidance and working with colleagues across OPSS and elsewhere to promote, develop and explain our role and deliver our functions. There may be an opportunity to lead a colleague.