Deputy Director: Compliance and Enforcement

About Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)

Do you care about the safety of products and want to protect people and places? Is your passion to empower consumers to make good and informed choices? Can we use your skills, knowledge and experience to enable UK business to thrive? If the answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you!

We are the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). We are here to make regulation work to deliver real world impact. Regulation is a powerful Government tool to address market failures, influence behaviour and promote positive action. Designed and delivered well, regulation can be an enabler of growth, innovation and productivity.

Our Mission is to be a trusted product regulator for the UK. Our goal is to be leader of good regulatory practice and a champion of local regulation.


Job description

About the Role

As our Deputy Director for Compliance and Enforcement, you will lead our team of specialists to continue to strengthen and build confidence in the regulatory regime, provide support for local regulatory enforcement, protect people and places and enable businesses to thrive.

The OPSS Enforcement and Compliance Teams work with businesses, national regulators (such as the Health & Safety Executive) and local regulators (such as Trading Standards) to encourage and enforce product compliance at points of manufacture, testing, import, supply and marketing, to provide consumer assurance for safe and compliant products within the UK. Through these teams, OPSS also deliver enforcement activity for a range of products for other government departments that consider environmental and international impact.


As our Deputy Director for Compliance and Enforcement, your key responsibilities will include:

• Leading the Office’s enforcement activity to ensure excellent regulatory outcomes in accordance with best practice.

• Leading and governing compliance and enforcement policy and procedures;

• Building and supporting links across the Office to ensure a collaborative and informed approach to product safety compliance;

• Developing and implementing effective policies and practices that ensure the Office operates in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements on behalf of the Secretary of State;

• Leading our relationships with Policy Sponsors, including Other Government Departments;

• Overseeing relevant regulatory work of Local Authority Delivery Partners;

• Providing oversight and accountability for progressing current discussions with Other Government Department’s on potential new areas of work.

You will lead a team based predominantly in Birmingham and Teddington. You will report directly to Graham Russell, CEO, and will have direct line management responsibility for several G6 Functional Team Leads.

As a key member of the OPSS’s leadership team, you will play an active role in the leadership, management and development of the organisation. We expect all our senior leaders to be:

• Inspiring – about our work and its future
• Confident – in our engagement with others
• Empowering – to allow our teams to deliver

As a departmental office with policy and delivery responsibilities, we are working to achieve a supportive, diverse culture that values our staff and the work they do, supported by close engagement with the department who recognises our specific role.

Person Specification

To be successful in this role you will need a background in regulatory enforcement and be an excellent leader. In particular, you will need to be able to demonstrate your capability and potential against the following essential criteria:

• Extensive experience of providing visible leadership to support long term strategies, with a proven ability to develop a motivated, engaged and high performing workforce and demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion;

• Experience of managing a large team including day to day team management, planning, coaching, mentoring, staff development, performance and trouble shooting in addition to being able to display strong emotional intelligence, delegation, decision making and building an inclusive culture;

• Experience of operational delivery within a compliance environment, with a developed understanding of systems level regulation and regulatory design;

• The ability to build and maintain successful relationships internally and externally at board level, winning the trust of those who may have differing or conflicting views; and earning the respect and support of your staff, colleagues and counterparts in other organisations;

• The confidence, presence and impact to operate within a complex, highly regulated environment, garnering the respect and support of your staff, colleagues and counterparts in other organisations;

• The ability to network and work collaboratively across a large number of internal and external teams

• The ability to communicate regulations and enforcement to a non-technical audience;

• The commitment to continuous improvement of processes and policies and to ensure relevant policies and procedures are delivered in an efficient and effective way and are applied throughout the organisation in a consistent and compliant manner.

Please take time to read the attached Candidate pack for further information about this role and the recruitment process.


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

Apply now!