Collision Reduction - Technical Specialist
About the job
An exciting opportunity to provide specialist knowledge in the evaluation of speed, red light, red X and similar law enforcement devices and to ensure that this capability is fit for the future.
Dstl provides science and technology advice to the Home Office to support their approval of road safety enforcement equipment, including speed and red-light violation cameras. Our advice assists the Secretary of State to make decisions about the approval of individual devices. This advice is based on detailed evaluation of a series of tests which assure that the equipment is suitable for providing evidence in Court.
You will need to have effective communication skills and enjoy working with a variety of partners from industry as well as independent, accredited test facilities. You will prioritise your work effectively to ensure you can deliver what is required within the right timescales.
We welcome applications from a range of backgrounds including: project management, business management, process improvement, commercial, science and engineering.
We are looking for someone who will;
• have an aptitude for digesting technical information and cross referencing it with the required Home Office standards.
• keep accurate records, and communicate precisely and diplomatically
• be self-motivated and interested in creating improvements to processes
In this role you will:
• identify and assess vulnerabilities in equipment
• demonstrate effective evidence based decision making, in particular making robust statistical judgements
• manage relationships with commercial equipment manufacturers and external party testing bodies
• scrutinise testing bodies on the quality of their testing and their reports
• develop relationships with a network of Dstl staff with complementary expertise
• contribute to process improvements shaping the future of the capability
We are looking for someone who has:
• Experience of applying technical knowledge to evaluate information or solve problems.
• Experience of working in a security or government setting, whether industry, MOD, Home Office, the Armed Forces or the Defence Agencies.
• Demonstrable skills and knowledge of business and process improvement.
• Awareness of Home Office test standards and their application.
• Experience of working in a regulatory environment
• Experience of working with external stakeholders.
Professional or vocational qualifications or equivalent experience in Physics or Engineering is essential.
Qualifications or equivalent experience in one of electronics, radar, lasers, optics, geometry, RF interference, software, statistics, data security, engineering, mechanical design. Membership of relevant professional body.
• Proven ability to quickly learn and utilise new knowledge and skills.
• Confident and clear written and verbal communications skills.
• Diligent and pays meticulous attention to detail.
• Be able to extract information from numerous sources of different types including written reports and raw data and compare against specifications and standards, identifying potential discrepancies.
• Be able to keep accurate records, and communicate precisely and diplomatically.
Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise. We work closely with the Defence and Security Industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.
This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Changing and Improving
Making Effective Decisions
Managing a Quality Service
Delivering at Pace
We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
Managing a Quality Service
We'll provide a great range of benefits including;
- Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
- Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month
- Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
- Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
- Chartership and accreditation support.
- Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
- A competitive salary.
- Onsite gyms and restaurants.
- Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.
Our Diversity Networks
Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.
These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities
DSTL is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
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