Engineering Specialist - Flexible Working Available

Birmingham, West Midlands
National Salary £30,734, London Salary £34, 708
15 Jan 2021
07 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


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. ??

Are you someone that has excellent interpersonal skills coupled with the ability to communicate complex, technical messages to others clearly?

Do you have experience in working with technical engineering information?

Can you develop and build strong working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders?

If you would like to help shape the future of vehicle regulation, then please apply! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Job description

Department for Transport’s (DfT) International Vehicle Standards (IVS) division is offering an outstanding opportunity, for enthusiastic engineers to drive forward the development and delivery of UK government policy for safer road vehicles.

Your role will be key to ensuring that the UK's interests are represented at international meetings, including at the United Nations, providing support, leadership, innovation and improvement of vehicle standards.

These roles offer a unique chance to develop your career within the DfT and Government, and to apply your engineering expertise and a creative approach to drive forward global vehicle improvements. You will be responsible for shaping future standards for vehicles alongside a dedicated team of engineers. You will be involved with taking a leading role in policy development and delivery.


Roles and responsibilities

- Supporting policy development and delivery for vehicle standards, providing specialist advice to DfT Ministers and across Government

- Supporting preparations for (with opportunities to attend) international meetings and conferences, representing the UK’s interests and building relationships

- Supporting strategic programmes and research projects to deliver the innovation and improvements required for vehicle safety in the UK and internationally

- Providing technical engineering expertise within the International Vehicle Standards division for ad-hoc projects

- Applying specialist knowledge to respond to enquiries from members of the public, the media and Ministers

For a more detailed description around the role and responsibilities, please see the attached role profile.

Additional information

We are following current government guidelines and working remotely, if successful you will be provided with IT equipment to carry out your duties remotely. Once we are able to return to office, we will provide you with full notice of this.

Once usual service resumes, there may be some instances where travel is required. This will usually occur 1-2 times a month to attend meetings, this will include some overnight stays and potential international travel. You will be provided with full notice of this.

Due to the nature of this role, you are required to hold a qualification at degree level or similar academic/technical qualification in Science or Engineering to be successful.

About you

To be successful, excellent interpersonal skills are pivotal to this role. You will have the ability to provide guidance and robust recommendations to internal stakeholders, where your outstanding stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels.

You are someone that has superb time management skills, being able to work autonomously and remain motivated when dealing with challenging workloads. You would be described as a diligent person, being able to concentrate on your work and complete your tasks even when under pressure.

With IVS being an area of the DfT recognised for its engineering professionalism, you will develop the skills and experience required to achieve professional registration as a Chartered Engineer or similar. IVS actively encourages technical training where necessary and will also fund membership to a relevant professional institution.


Due to the nature of this role, you are required to hold a qualification at degree level or similar academic/technical qualification in Science or Engineering to be successful.


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

  • 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, Strengths 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.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.

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.

How to apply

Please provide us with a CV and a Personal Statement as part of your application, please tailor your CV to match that of the role profile. For your Personal statement, please outline the following:

• Experience of digesting complex technical information and presenting it to a non-technical audience, ensuring you capture the relevant information that is applicable
• Experience of working with a diverse range of stakeholder and building strong working relationships
• Experience of drafting important documents, providing your recommendations in a clear and concise manner

Selection Process

The sift is due to take place on the 8th of February 2021

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from the 22nd of February 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.

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

- an interview

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.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

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 [email protected] for assistance.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Phil Bailey Email :   [email protected]   Recruitment team : Email :   [email protected] Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: [email protected] If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Visit the Civil Service Commission website at

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