Senior Engineer - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
24 Nov 2020
13 Dec 2020
Full Time
Contract Type


Birmingham, Leeds, London, Swansea

About the job 

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) International Vehicle Standards (IVS) division is offering a unique opportunity to play a leading role in a high-profile area, developing regulations and shaping requirements for safe and innovative road vehicles both now and into the future.

Would you like to be at the forefront of developing technical requirements for automated road vehicles, representing the UK in international expert groups, and delivering research programmes?

Job description

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for two Senior Engineers to join us at Department for Transport! The Automated Vehicle Technologies team develop technical requirements to ensure that new vehicles with emerging technologies are safe and secure. Your work will be varied, covering areas such as vehicle automation, driver assistance systems, cybersecurity, data recorders as well as more established vehicle systems such as braking and steering.

The team sits within the International Standards division (IVS). IVS lead the Department’s work in developing policy and technical regulations for safer, cleaner and quieter road vehicles (from e-scooters and pedal cycles to heavy-goods vehicles, tractors and off-road machinery). You will be joining a team of experts in the fields of active and passive safety, automation, vehicle security (including cybersecurity), environmental impact, and vehicle approval. You will support teams and agencies from within the Department and across Government with technical expertise to develop UK objectives regarding emerging vehicle technologies. Representing the UK in international expert groups, you will work collaboratively with international partners in the development of international technical regulations for new vehicles. Taking an informed approach to your work means you will establish relationships across industry, research institutions, universities, foreign Governments and other organisations. You will commission and lead projects to support policy and ministerial decisions.


• Lead on the development and delivery of technical requirements for vehicle automation, driver assistance systems, cybersecurity, data recorders as well as more established vehicle systems such as braking and steering.
• Identify knowledge gaps and ways to fill those gaps through evidence gathering, research, and engagement with companies and experts at the forefront of emerging vehicle technologies and safety assurance. Where research is needed, write proposals for, and oversee the delivery of, projects to address these needs.
• Representing the UK in meetings and conferences both in the UK and internationally. Working with our international partners will require frequent international travel.
• Providing expertise within the IVS division, demonstrating flexibility across other projects and technical areas where required.
• Support teams across DfT, such as the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, with technical expertise in emerging vehicle technologies to assist in the development of objectives that uphold safety whilst enabling innovation and growth within the UK. Working also with the Vehicle Certification Agency to ensure consistent application and interpretation of regulations
• Advising Ministers and senior officials as well as responding to enquiries from members of the public and the media.
• Undertake relevant training courses to develop subject knowledge

About you

To be successful in this role, the primary requirement will be a strong motivation to achieve the desired outcomes, coupled with the ability to innovate, adapt and thrive in a fast paced, complex and changing environment.

You will need to have the skills to:

• Quickly understand and appreciate complex technical information and systems, and be able to summarise this effectively for a given audience.
• Work effectively with a wide-range of different stakeholders, building relationships and collaborating where appropriate to achieve desired outcomes.
• Anticipate and be aware of changing political, economic, social, environmental and technological developments and react appropriately.
• See the bigger picture, maintaining a Government-wide perspective and looking for opportunities to bring together perspectives and achieve collective goals.

Applicants should demonstrate experience of:
1) working with complex technical (and perhaps conflicting) engineering or scientific information (such as but not limited to data, research findings and expert views) and using this information to draw conclusions and to make recommendations.
2) Delivery of work (such as, but not limited to, projects, research, briefings, presentations) to challenging deadlines.
3) Developing professional relationships, collaborating and influencing to deliver objectives

This role is technically demanding. Candidates should therefore hold a Science or Engineering degree or similar academic/technical qualifications. Your academic qualifications should be enhanced by practical experience of the application of your science or engineering knowledge in areas such as, but not limited to, postgraduate research, product development, design, manufacturing, quality control, homologation, etc.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

Selection Process

The sift is due to take place week commencing 14th of December 2020.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from the 7th of January 2021.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

- an interview and exercise.

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

Further Information
To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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