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Policy Advisor

Department for Business and Trade

Job Grade

Senior Executive Officer

Advertised Salary

£39,384 - £46,715

Type of Role


Closing Date

12. maj 2024

Job Description from Civil Service Jobs

The Role and Our Team

We are recruiting for three exciting SEO policy roles to drive forward some of OPSS’s key policy responsibilities relating to borders, accreditation, and standards. In any of these roles, you will be a key part of a strong team of policy professionals, with the opportunity to work in a fast-paced and supportive environment, with regular engagement with external stakeholders and senior officials.

The roles (which may vary depending on business priorities upon commencement) are:

SEO Borders and Market Surveillance Policy:

This post will support the development of ‘market surveillance’ policy that underpins effective guidance and coordination of UK border and inland market surveillance activities (the checking of products for safety and compliance). 

The role will help create and deliver key strategies for the UK, against a backdrop of change at GB and NI borders. This will involve using the full suite of policy skills, including developing and analysing policy and legislative proposals for their impacts, adopting evidence-based positions and briefing.

SEO Standards and Domestic Implication Policy and National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) strategy:

The Standards and Domestic Implication team manages the relationship between government and the British Standards Institution (BSI). The team oversee cross-government standards policy and are responsible for designating standards across the OPSS portfolio. The team also provide technical advice on domestic implications of trade deals and lead on the domestic implementation of provisions within these trade deals which relate to the OPSS remit.

A key focus of this post will be formulating and delivering our strategy on the NQI, of which standards is part. This will include considering the opportunities of digitalisation and emerging technologies for the NQI, and considering the domestic and international facets of the NQI. You will engage with colleagues across OPSS, DBT and elsewhere in government, and with the UK’s NQI institutions. In particular, you will work closely with the OPSS accreditation policy team, who jointly lead NQI strategy within OPSS.

There may also be an opportunity to support a senior manager in their role as the chair of a United Nations expert committee, drafting speeches and briefing, coordinating input from colleagues.

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