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.

Access and Benefit Sharing Team: 

Our team lead on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing within the UK. The legislation concerns the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources. The objective is the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through designing and delivering a programme of activity designed to raise understanding and ensure compliance in affected sectors.

Job description

  • Undertake both proactive and reactive enforcement casework to ensure products placed on the UK market are compliant.
  • Take the lead on your own enforcement investigations and provide support to other OPSS teams.
  • Create, maintain, and manage communication with businesses, trade bodies and other organisations, as appropriate to your regulatory area, to deliver clear, supportive and effective advice.
  • Develop specialist knowledge in your regulatory area, to help provide the national enforcement perspective to OPSS colleagues in different teams, policy sponsors (where applicable) and other partner agencies.
  • Undertake regulatory activities in accordance with the Regulators’ Code and OPSS’ Enforcement Policy.
  • Review market information, technical files and other documentation across a range of legislation, handling material to the evidential standard where appropriate.
  • Actively build and maintain relationships across teams within Enforcement and across the office to identify opportunities to add value to your work.
  • Actively develop yourself as regulator and enforcement officer; with your team, identify and explore innovative ways to increase our regulatory capability and our positive impact, and develop OPSS as an exemplar regulator.

Job description

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 covering specialisms including analytical chemistry, materials science, bioscience and toxicology. The team is also responsible for chemical risk assessment advice, leads the Office’s access to independent scientific experts in the space of chemicals and materials and works with others to deliver effective research and testing rooted in analytical chemistry.

This activity is described in more detail in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/science-and-analysis-in-opss

The role

Are you a chemical science specialist wanting to make a real-world impact on the safety of consumer products?

As the Principal Chemicals Advisor, 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 high-performing 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.

The Role and Our 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.

​OPSS has begun operating under existing regulations and is currently transitioning to become fully operational under new legislation.

​The Sector Compliance Team support the establishment of OPSS as the national regulator for construction products by leading on the identification of problems in construction product industry sectors in complying with the law and the development of risk and evidence-based strategies to solve those problems.

​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.

​These roles are based in Birmingham or Teddington only.

​The successful candidates responsibilities may include: 

• Developing, interpreting and applying for operational delivery the findings of a suite of market studies concerning the sector and sector practices.

• Developing – working with the industry, regulators, and others – priorities for our compliance activities and the regulatory practices required to deliver these effectively.

• Working with industry to lead and/or support initiatives to improve compliance in the sector.

• Leading and/or supporting the development and drafting of operational guidance.

• Explaining to industry and others the OPSS role in construction product regulation and our regulatory approach.

• Supporting policy and communications colleagues by providing expert input to Parliamentary correspondence, speech writing and campaigns etc.

• Attending and presenting at industry sector events etc.

The Role and Our Team

The Resource Management team within OPSS is responsible for procurement and contract management, along with financial planning, monitoring and processing. As a team, we are focused on helping the organisation to deliver effectively, while also ensuring that the correct processes are followed.

Responsibilities

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our busy Resource Management team working on data analysis and management information. You will be responsible for maintaining systems and processes to improve data analysis and provide high quality information to enable good decision making and financial management by senior leaders.

The Online and Supply Chain Enforcement Team regulates the full supply chain, from ports and borders through to online marketplaces, fulfilment houses and third-party sellers. We are responsible for ensuring that shopping online will be as safe as shopping on the high street.

​We have enforcement roles available in all three of our Enforcement Teams. Please state in your application if you have a preference. Successful candidates will be assigned to a team based on business need.

​Please be aware, all roles are potentially deployable to other teams dependent on organisational and risk priorities.

We are the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) Development and Capability Team. The Talent and Specialist Skills Development Lead will report into the Assistant Director of Development and Capability.

The role:

  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has a capable workforce now and in the future. We are a diverse office with a range of technical skills and knowledge.
  • The role has a broad portfolio and includes leading on workforce capability to address skills gaps, creating internal talent development programmes from conception to delivery, succession planning, and defining the talent pipeline to deliver over the next five years.
  • The post holder will be expected to work collaboratively and effectively with stakeholders across all levels, including senior leaders, to create innovative solutions to build capability, talent, and address skills gaps across a multi-disciplined workforce.
  • Responsibility for designing and developing the talent development strategy for the office and contributing to the wider corporate returns.
  • The post holder is responsible for leading a large and multi-faceted team operating in a fast-paced environment.
  • The role is based in Birmingham with flexible and hybrid working but travel to other sites will be required.
  • We welcome applications from ambitious individuals who have the energy and drive to make positive change happen.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • ​​Lead and develop a multi-faceted team to achieve organisational success.
  • ​Lead on developing and growing the organisations apprenticeship, diversity and inclusion, and retention strategies.
  • ​Understand specialist skills gaps (technical and softer skills) through evidence-based insights to provide innovative learning solutions.
  • Support our succession planning by devising talent development programmes to identify and grow talent for high priority critical roles.
  • ​Lead and deliver organisational objectives through diverse and inclusive programmes and initiatives.
  • ​Efficiently manage the learning and development budget to ensure all processes and procedures adhere to official guidance.

The Resource Management team within OPSS is responsible for procurement and contract management, along with financial planning, monitoring and processing. As a team, we are focused on helping the organisation to deliver effectively, while also ensuring that the correct processes are followed.

Responsibilities

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our busy Resource Management team working on data analysis and management information. You will be responsible for maintaining systems and processes to improve data analysis and provide high quality information to enable good decision making and financial management by senior leaders.

Metrology is a vital skill to improve and verify the quality of products and components. It concerns all theoretical and practical aspects of measurement. As a Level 3 Advanced Metrology Technician apprentice you will be on the first step to a career as a Metrologists at OPSS. The Metrology Technician apprenticeship is a 3-year programme that includes substantial on- and off-the-job training to develop the essential metrology knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Metrologists The programme includes an independent, end point assessment of the apprentice’s occupational competence.

  • The apprenticeship is a 3-year course comprising of approximately 20% studies and 80% workplace activities. Upon completion, the Metrology Technician role will focus 100% on delivering metrology testing services in OPSS and access to relevant learning and development opportunities will continue to be available.
  • The Metrology Technician apprenticeship standard is in line with the requirements of Registered Engineering Technician (EngTech) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech).
  •  A lab-based role and requires 100% attendance on site while completing the apprenticeship course.

Our work has real world impact, protecting people from unsafe goods by ensuring product safety regulation works and is fit for purpose. This is a great opportunity to be part of developing policy, delivering evidence-based solutions and robust advice for Ministers, whilst supporting business to meet their obligations and ultimately protecting consumers and ensuring they have confidence in the products they buy. We deliver our policy through legislative and non-legislative means, and through engagement and collaboration across Whitehall and wider.

The work of the policy teams are areas of high public, media and Parliamentary interest. We have an ambitious work programme in place which includes delivering our obligations for Northern Ireland under the Windsor Framework and in re-shaping the product safety framework now we have left the EU.

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 testing laboratories which include mechanical, electrical, chemical, flammability and metrology 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.

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.