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.

Our Team

The Testing Strategy team delivers across the whole portfolio of OPSS regulatory and testing requirements, covering both Product Safety and Construction Products. The team holds responsibility for the testing strategy and chairs the testing oversight panel, both of which feed into the overall OPSS strategies and high-level decision making. On any given day, the team collaborate closely with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure robust, rigorous and outcome focussed scientific based tests are commissioned.

The Role

We are looking for new colleagues in our Testing Strategy team to lead and deliver on technical advice and commissioning of a wide range of testing projects to support OPSS regulatory activities. This role involves working closely with third-party laboratories to ensure testing is commissioned and delivered to OPSS requirements, and presenting results and technical advice to colleagues across the Office. This is not a laboratory based role.
You will join a dynamic and collaborative team to provide technical support and advice on the delivery of testing projects spanning Energy and Products and Construction Products.

Responsibilities

• Support delivery and commissioning of Product Safety and Construction Testing projects, working with internal stakeholders across the Office and external third-party laboratories.

• Provide technical and testing advice to support the regulatory activities of OPSS, reviewing standards and test results, and summarising findings for a non-technical audience.

• Work closely with colleagues across the organisation, and develop relationships with key technical stakeholders in the industry.

• Support evidence generation on the basis of which OPSS may take regulatory action against those that place non-compliant products on the UK market.

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.

We do this by taking a risk-based and proportionate approach to our regulatory activities, in accordance with the Regulators’ Code.

We are continuing to build our regulatory capability, our ways of working, and our staff’s expertise. We are looking for six leaders who can support this exciting journey.

We are recruiting two roles in Online Regulation, two roles in Product Safety, one role in Ecodesign and Energy Labelling, and one role in Environmental and Supply Chain Assurance.

Please see the Candidate Pack for more information on the roles available.

Save the Date!
We will be holding a Virtual Open Evening on the 25th July, 17.30 to 19.00, which will be an opportunity to find out more about our organisation and the roles, to hear from line managers and people in similar roles, and ask any questions you have.

If you would like to attend please email lauren.stevens@beis.gov.uk by the 24th July. A link to the event will be sent to you.

If you would like to discuss a role with the relevant Assistant Director, please contact lauren.stevens@beis.gov.uk and she will arrange for them to get in touch with you.

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.

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.

This post sits within our Intelligence Unit, which is one of three units that form the Risk, Intelligence and Border Profiling (RIB) Team.

The Intelligence Unit is responsible for understanding the risk posed by unsafe and non-compliant products to the UK consumer. OPSS works to protect consumers from unsafe products and support businesses through effective regulation. The Unit is integral to building the Office’s knowledge base for effective decision-making. We are seeking an intelligence researcher who can add to the diversity and scope of the Unit to help embed our intelligence capability supporting both operational and strategic Intelligence.

This is an exciting opportunity for a focused individual to be an integral part of a team with the key purpose of consumer safety!

As one of 5 intelligence researchers within the team, you will play a meaningful role in the receipt and triage of information and intelligence into the unit through the centralised mailbox. You will contribute to the Tactical Assessment and Strategic Assessment process through developing intelligence using established intelligence techniques and open-source research. Some stakeholder engagement will be required internally and externally with Trading Standards officers and other regulatory agencies throughout the UK.

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.