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

National Capacity is a small team within the wider Construction Products command, responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of the programme through a Transition Plan for Construction Products. The team is developing the NRCP operating model and will be responsible for ensuring its delivery. Working within the Joint Unit it is responsible for the relationship with MHCLG as well as leading on overall Engagement for the NRCP Programme.

About the Role

In this role you will work closely with the National Capacity team leader, as the responsible lead for the development, management, and review of the Construction Products Transition Plan: developing and implementing effective reporting and strategic co-ordination mechanisms. The successful candidate will proactively lead the identification of and action on emerging issues whilst ensuring workstream leads and policy sponsors are periodically and accurately briefed on programme delivery against key objectives. You will need to be adaptable as we establish our position as the NRCP and define the operational model for OPSS with a detailed multi-year implementation plan.

You will play a key role in the development of the NRCP programme, decision-making, governance, and accountability.

About the Role

In this role you will work closely with other functional teams across OPSS to support our strategic objectives, the teams are instrumental in building our reputation as an exemplar regulator and improving regulatory outcomes for the businesses we regulate and the citizens we serve.

The scope for each role is broad. You will contribute to and handle delivery of annual work plans, leading on specific projects; build positive relationships with a range of partners; make the most of our assets – people, services, and data – now and in the future; and develop new solutions which improve our impact allowing us to deliver sustained value.

The roles are based in 4 separate teams:

Online Regulation Team

The role of the Online Regulation Team is to ensure that OPSS better regulate online platforms and marketplaces by:

•Improving skills and capabilities through good practice, technological developments, and targeted enforcement to drive business compliance.
•Identifying cross-sector trends and assess regulatory developments to ensure operational resilience.
•Increasing sector compliance through establishing partner relationships and joined up approaches.

Ports, Incidents, and Investigations Team

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 sophisticated investigations whilst using the full range of regulatory options and tools available.

Products Team

The role of the Products team is to deliver trusted product safety regulation in our role as 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.

Supply Chain Assurance Team

The role of the Supply Chain Assurance team is to deliver trusted timber regulation in our role as National Regulator by:

•Delivering risk-based, intelligence-lead responses to substantiated concerns tasked to the team.
•Undertaking project or programme-based work in areas tackling risk that are considered nationally significant, novel or contentious.
•Increasing sector compliance through establishing partner relationships and joined up approaches.
•Find opportunities for the team to develop its reputation as leader in environmental enforcement at an international level.

About the Team

The Government has announced that 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 collaborating 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 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, is currently preparing for this exciting new role.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a flexible and results-oriented individual with the energy to make positive change happen within and beyond OPSS. In this purposeful, and multi-faceted role you will play a part in building our reputation as an exemplar regulator. Candidates will need to be flexible in approach and prepared to lead on a range of tasks. You will hold specific responsibilities for planning and developing our regulatory capacity, capability and operational approach. It is envisaged that the role will, over the next twelve months and in accordance with the Parliamentary timetable, transit to that of an Enforcement and Compliance Team Leader leading a team of Regulatory Compliance Officers. The role will suit people with experience of operating within a regulatory compliance environment: for example, either as a regulator or as one with a role in ensuring goods, services or systems meet regulatory and other standards.

The post is based in Birmingham. When the team is operational, some travel – possibly to any UK location – is likely to be required.

This post sits within our Border Profiling Unit, which is one of three units that form the Risk, Intelligence and Border Profiling (RIB) Team. The Border Profiling Unit is responsible for the delivery of an effective and comprehensive imports surveillance mechanism enabling potentially unsafe and non-compliant consumer products to be targeted and intercepted at points of entry into the UK. To achieve this aim the Unit works closely with other market surveillance authorities, in particular local authority trading standards services.

The successful applicant will be a key member of a team of staff responsible for the delivery of an effective and comprehensive border profiling operation, thereby underpinning the delivery of services within the Border Profiling Unit (BPU) imports surveillance mechanism.

You will work closely with teams across the OPSS to provide pragmatic, delivery focussed and high-quality legal advice, playing an instrumental role in building our reputation as an exemplar regulator. The scope of the role, reflecting the scope of OPSS’s functions, is broad. You will be involved in advising on development of policy, enforcement across a range of civil and criminal legislation, and statutory decision-making. In doing so, you will liaise with both BEIS and other government departments’ legal advisors (GLD) as well as other regulators and commercial entities as appropriate.

The Trading Standards Co-ordination team provides support to local authorities to ensure effective delivery of product safety, metrology and construction products regulation across the UK. We are responsible for implementing a UK wide approach to ensure consumer goods entering the UK are safe and run competency and capacity building programmes for local authority regulators.

The post holder will work with the team to develop partnership working at nationally strategic points of entry (Ports and Borders). To ensure a consistent approach to product safety risks for imported goods, whilst supporting the wider work of the team with local authorities on product safety, legal metrology and construction products matters.