Policy Advisor

London , Birmingham , Leeds
London salary £34,708 National salary £30,734
04 Jun 2021
17 Jun 2021
Public Sector
Contract Type


About the job Summary

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.

Do you have superb interpersonal skills and enjoy engaging with stakeholders?

Are you someone that thrives in a busy environment and wants to expand their current knowledge within Policy and contract/project management?

Can you expert analysis skills to be able to make sound decisions that have a positive effective across an organisation?

We are seeking a driven and motivated individual to join our team within the Dangerous Goods Division in Department for Transport (DfT), this is an outstanding opportunity to join a small team that seek to improve the Dangerous Goods sector across Government. If this sounds like you then please apply! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Job description

This role involves contributing to the development and implementation of policy on the international and domestic transport of dangerous goods by road and rail, in line with Government objectives and in support of UK industry.

As a Policy Adviser within the Departments Dangerous Goods Division it will be your responsibility to work with UK industry, other Government Departments and international partners on the development and implementation of the regulations for the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail. In line with Government objectives and in support of UK industry.

Working across these groups, you will be responsible for providing policy support for the Division on new/amended legislation, assisting in the implementation of these regulations and engaging with stakeholders from UK industry. You will run projects across these groups aimed at improving the dangerous good's regime.


Responsibilities but not limited to

- Working with the strategic business manager of the team on specific policy projects aimed at improving the Dangerous Goods (DG) regime.

- Liaising with regulators, industry, other Government Departments and international counterparts on issues and policy relating to the carriage of dangerous goods.

- Acting as account management lead for: Training (general, Driver, DGSA), Documentation, guidance, Risks and KPI management, SQA/DVSA account, DGSA review.

- Possibility of attending UNECE meetings, to support the head of the UK delegation. These take place in Geneva and Berne in Switzerland.

- Working with the Head of the International Team on the Divisions stakeholder engagement strategy.

- Coordinating the team’s corporate memory and retention

- Leading on the delivery of new/updated guidance documents

For more details on the role and it’s responsibilities please see the attached role profile

About you

You are someone that has outstanding communication and engagement skills, being able to draw upon these skills to relay sometimes complex messages to others on a regular basis. Ensuring your message is clear and understood, acting upon feedback to help others to understand.

You have a keen eye for detail so that you can compile, assimilate, distil, interpret and present a strong evidence base from a wide range of types of evidence and opinions to form a sound and compelling base to inform coherent policy making.

Whilst in post there will be an opportunity for you to develop and acquire a professionally recognised qualification in Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA), full training will be provided.

Additional information

Once current restrictions are lifted there could be some travel across the UK and internationally involved with this role. This could occur 1-2 times a year, and also some travel to attend meetings in various offices around the UK.


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

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

Technical skills

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

  • Evidence - Analysis and use of evidence - Policy Framing
  • Politics - Politics and democracy - Advising, Briefing & Drafting


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.

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, Experience and Technical skills.

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 sift is due to take place on the 21st of June 2021.

If you are successful at sift, you will attend a first stage interview which will consist of a Policy exercise only, this is due to take place from the 5th and 6th of July 2021 If you are successful at the policy exercise you will be invited to 2nd stage video interview, which is due to take place from w/c 19th of July 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 and a policy exercise

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

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Working Together. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

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 UK
  • 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 :   munmohan malli 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 https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk