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Deputy Director Science and Analysis


London, Birmingham or Teddington

About the job


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). OPSS was created to provide dedicated national capacity for product safety while taking forward work on supporting small business growth and implementing the Industrial Strategy vision of simplifying regulation.

We have been given a huge opportunity to shape the future, and how regulation works in the UK and overseas. By our actions, we can improve protections for consumers and the environment, improve business confidence and drive improved productivity in industry that delivers jobs and security.

We are here for the purpose of making 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.

We are currently a departmental Office of BEIS, operating as the national regulator for products. When we were established in January 2018 the then Secretary of State asked us to get started straight away and committed publicly to a consultation on our future status. Many of our more vociferous stakeholders think we should be an independent agency now. Ministers have recently decided that we should agree a Business Case with HMT and Cabinet Office as the next step.

This post is central to that journey.

For further information on OPSS please visit .

Further details on working for OPSS can be found on the OPSS careers website.

Job description

About the Role

As our new Deputy Director for Science and Analysis, you will be responsible for developing strategies and leading the organisation’s work on analysis, insights, science and technical research and policy advice. This is an area of high public, media and parliamentary interest, particularly in the context of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower and high-profile product safety issues – such as recall programmes for domestic white goods.

Key Objectives

• Developing and implementing effective processes to oversee the analytical, science, technical and insights advice given to underpin policy and enforcement decisions across OPSS;

• Overseeing the wide range of high-profile analytical work to support the Office in delivering its objectives, including scenario planning, developing business cases, leading economic risk assessments and overseeing the analysis for the Office’s bids for funding;

• Overseeing the governance and delivery of our Strategic Research Programme and our Research Hub; to ensure it delivers high quality and relevant scientific output and develops strong relationships with academia, industry and consumer bodies where appropriate;

• Providing leadership and continued development of your team as Government Science & Engineering Professionals and Analyst Professionals;

• Leading the relationship between OPSS and Other Government Departments where OPSS provides science and technical services and advice;

• Leading the relationships with other Government Science and Engineering professionals in BEIS and other relevant Government Departments and Agencies, relevant research institutes, learned societies, academic partners and UKRI.

You will lead a team based predominantly in London and Teddington and be responsible for ensuring robust scientific advice underpins OPSS’s product regulatory policy and operations. 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, including leading or sponsoring change projects across the Department.

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, supports a close engagement with the department but recognises our specific role.


What we are looking for:

To be successful in this role you will need to be an exceptional leader with extensive senior management experience and a strong track record of delivery.

In addition, you will also need to be able to demonstrate your capability and potential against the following essential criteria:

• Qualified to at least degree level in an analytical or scientific discipline;

• Experience of delivering analytical scientific advice for policy development and decision making;

• 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;

• The ability to communicate complex positions and ideas clearly, and with impact, to a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally;

• The ability to network and work collaboratively across a large number of internal and external teams, communicate scientific analytical or evidence to a non-technical audience;

• The proven ability to supervise evaluation of the effectiveness of communication against objectives, reviewing lessons learned and comparing industry best practice to identify areas for improvement for future strategies;

• The financial, commercial and project leadership skills to oversee successful delivery, management of risks, and to make sound judgements in a changing context, with demonstrable experience of making complex, evidence-based decisions;

• 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;

• 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;

• 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.

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