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.

OPSS was identified as the national product regulator of choice in the Independent Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy for construction products.

This high profile and crucial role means that we are looking for new technical colleagues who will help us address the culture within the construction industry, working closely with the new Building Safety Regulator and local regulators to build a coherent system in which robust, effective regulatory action is taken against serious weaknesses and poor practice.

This is an exciting time to join the team and have your chance to craft our new Construction Products function.
Responsibilities
Construction product regulatory support, taking ownership of the understanding and translation of technical requirements of the legislation.

• Leading OPSS’ approach to understanding the standards used in the construction products industry.

• Build and lead, working closely with colleagues across the organisation, relationships with key technical partners in the industry.

• Lead a small team of technical policy advisors on construction products, supporting evidence generation based on which OPSS may take regulatory action against those that place non-compliant construction products on the UK market.

• Collaborative working with other OPSS teams involved in our construction products work to provide technical policy leadership to support their requirements to ensure technically-sound outcomes.

About the Team

As part of our Science Team, you would be involved in providing 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. We are 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.

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced toxicologist to join our Chemical Risk Assessment Team! You will be working as part of the secretariat for our Scientific Advisory Group, researching and preparing papers relating to the risks of chemicals in consumer products. Prior experience within a scientific secretariat would be valuable, however, training can be provided on this aspect. The post holder will work flexibly on other activities across the Science Team including on projects in OPPS’ strategic research programme. You will be an excellent communicator with a good record of building and maintaining strong working relationships as you will be working closely with others across OPSS, other government departments and external experts and contractors.

About the Team

OPSS Analysis is a growing multi-disciplinary team, it is led by a Social Researcher Deputy Director and comprises 20 analysts working across four different analytical professions – operational research, statistics, social researchers and economists. It complements other technical teams in OPSS, delivering an evidence base in partnership across a range of analytical, intelligence, scientific & engineering subject areas.

The Team provides analytical support for all the Office’s activity, adding new value by harnessing their profession-specific expertise. Analysis is highly valued in OPSS to inform policy, regulation changes and consumer campaigns. We are tackling interesting and important issues, such as how much consumers think about safety when buying products and how we can influence industry and consumer behaviour to increase safety. We have responsibility for a broad remit, including toys, cosmetics, fireworks, construction products and metrology.

We have a strong commitment to learning and development, while maintaining strong links within BEIS and HMG, and are not afraid to try new and innovative approaches to deliver our objectives. The OPSS Social Research Team sits within the Analysis Team, led by a Grade 6 Social Researcher, currently with two Grade 7’s and a Government Social Research placement student.

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 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 our organisation on the 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 OPSSConstructionProducstsRoS@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.

The Analysis Team comprises around 20 analysts and provides analytical support for all the Office’s activity. OPSS is a growing organisation, and we have recently taken on responsibility for construction products. Now is an exciting time to get involved and join a rapidly growing team to help craft our thinking around using data to develop new insights into product safety. We have a strong commitment to learning and development and are not afraid to try new and innovative approaches.

About the Role:

You will report to and work closely with the Grade 7 Principal Statistician on projects, as well as having the opportunity to lead on certain projects to build your leadership, management, and user engagement skills. You will deliver analysis on a variety of established and ad hoc topics, such as product safety, ports and borders enforcement and legal metrology. Ambition, fresh ideas in the development and use of data, and training in statistical and data science techniques are all actively encouraged! You will help OPSS become a data-led organisation, investigate new data sources and techniques, and champion the use of robust pipelines to deliver reproducible outputs.

The Operational Support Unit (OSU) is the ‘front door’ to the office, and we are a high-demand front-line team. We deliver outstanding customer service to both our internal and external customer base, providing reassurance and building confidence through our response to enquiries and everyday engagement with colleagues.

We work diligently to support other functional teams across OPSS, undertaking administrative duties to support our regulatory obligations and delivering our purpose. We are also responsible for developing, implementing and supporting processes to underpin multi-functional activities.