Type Approval Engineer

Teddington (City/Town), London (Greater)
£32,750 - £36,000
12 Jun 2020
12 Jul 2020
Contract Type

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 and 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. 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. Crafted and delivered well, regulation can be an enabler of growth, innovation and efficiency.

Our mission - To be a trusted product regulator for the UK.
Our goal- To be a leader of good regulatory practice and a champion of local regulation.

Further information can be found on our website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-product-safety-and-standards

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. We embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. There is a disability confident scheme (DCS) for people with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

About the team

OPSS lead the regulatory system for legal metrology, product safety and standards in the UK. The Technical Services Team are a team of 25 scientists and engineers responsible for the delivery of legal metrology and product safety testing within the UK. As an accredited certification body, we are looking to recruit candidates with passion and experience in the field of conformity

Job description

About the role

The Office delivers a range of functions including Primary Authority, legal metrology and hallmarking policy, technical regulation, utilities and enforcement work. It is also responsible for the NMO brand of technical testing, calibration and certification services, based in Teddington. Much of this work is delivered for external customers and Other Government Departments, on a cost recovered or commercial basis.

NMO, within the Office for Product Safety and Standards, is responsible for the type approval of weighing and measuring instruments in accordance with UK Regulations, European Directives and OIML Recommendations.

NMO is working in a growing, competitive and fast paced environment and is looking for a Type Approval Engineer to work within the Product Certification team.

Working with a team of Type Approval Engineers the successful applicant will assist in the following tasks:

•Type approval of weighing and/or measuring instruments, involving the assessment of electronic systems and software against the technical and metrological requirements of UK Regulations, European Directives and OIML Recommendations;

•Representation of NMO at meetings with manufacturers, trade associations, legal metrology organisations, local authorities and other Government departments;

•Attainment of financial, efficiency, customer satisfaction, and service delivery targets;

•Support senior colleagues in the generation of new business;

•Delivery of projects in accordance with the Legal Metrology Programme; and

•Maintenance of UKAS accreditation.

This role will be based in Teddington and will include occasional travel to meet with relevant partners and customers.


As well as the tasks above, You will have responsibility for leading a wide-ranging portfolio of work including, but not limited the following:

•Ensure partners are well-supported throughout their projects, including preparing samples for testing, managing workflow and resources, whilst adhering to internal procedures ensuring full auditing controls are being followed

•Providing regular communications to partners with updates on progress, costs and timescales.

•Review the technical documentation provided by internal and external bodies, evaluate the selected samples, produce evaluation reports for certification decision.

•Report on the financial and budgetary needs as required by the head of department.

Person specification


•Experience in conformity assessment of products and/or services.

•Education in a relevant science or engineering field.

•Proven science or engineering background and its application in a regulatory environment.

•Experience in dealing with customers at all levels within business.

•Experience in representing businesses.

•Good interpersonal, written and project management skills.

•Understanding of Quality Management Systems


•Knowledge of ISO/IEC 17021-1, 17025 and 17065 standards.

•Trading Standards qualification, preferably in the field of legal metrology

•Knowledge of OIML and Welmec organisations, processes and requirements.

•Auditing skills / Lead auditor qualification

•Knowledge of ISO 9001:2015

•Experience in software development and/or validation.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevan
  • Technical Expertise Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
  • Science and Engineering - Understanding and Complying with Statutory Requirements and Standards


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.

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