Regulatory Scientists (CRD Band 5/EO) Job in Bootle, York

Location: Bootle, York

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 9th August 2020

Reference number: 56474

Salary: £25,674, £25,674 (rising to £30,821 after successful completion of training)

Grade: Executive Officer, Band 5

Contract type: Permanent

Business area: HSE – Chemical Regulations Division (CRD)

Type of role: Analytical, Science

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts: 58



CRD employs around 300 scientific, policy and support staff in York, Bootle and London. Our primary role is to deliver regulatory schemes intended to protect the health of people and the environment, balancing the economic and social benefits that chemicals offer to society and, helping to ensure the safe and sustainable use of chemicals. We also have a role through guidance, partnership working and leadership to raise awareness and promote behaviour change to help improve the control of hazardous substances in the workplace.
To achieve this and deliver improved regulatory outcomes, we work closely with small and large businesses, and key stakeholders, ranging from industry bodies and multi-national chemical businesses, other government departments (in particular Defra) and other regulators across Europe and internationally.

Specifically, CRD regulates pesticides, biocides, industrial and consumer chemicals, detergents and the export and import of dangerous chemicals. The key pieces of legislation involved are The Plant Protection Products (PPP) Regulations, including Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs); The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) Regulation; Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation; The Classification, Labelling & Packaging (CLP) Regulation; and The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation (the latter relates to export and import of certain hazardous chemicals to non-EU countries). Additionally, through intervention in the supply chain we seek to prevent the adverse effects of chemicals on people and the environment.

We have opportunities for regulatory scientists to work in the following areas:

Posts A – Human Health Regulatory Scientists
Posts B – Environmental Regulatory Scientists
Posts C – Regulatory assessment managers

Within CRD, our regulatory scientists work within the Biocides, Pesticides and REACH delivery teams undertaking a co-ordination and project management role.

You will be asked your preferences as to which one of the 3 posts you would like to work in within your application in rank order.

While we encourage you to express a preference of role in your application, we may match successful candidates to roles according to skills and experience. It is also expected that successful applicants will be flexible to respond to business needs and may need to work across the team when required.

Job description

You will be part of a team that is delivering HSE objectives in support of the UK’s transition from the EU. With a world-class reputation for safeguarding the health and safety of people at work, HSE is adapting and evolving to meet the new challenges ahead. At CRD, we work with one goal in mind – to protect human health and the environment from the effects of potentially harmful substances and mixtures.

To help us meet these challenges, we require a number of ambitious Band 5/SO regulatory scientists to join our Human Health, Environmental and Regulatory Assessment Teams.

You will work as part of a team and be responsible for technical assessments into regulatory programs on biocides, pesticides and general chemicals to support regulatory decisions in the UK. You will be expected to explain your decisions internally and externally, to Expert Committees, other government departments and relevant stakeholders.

You will get hands on experience of the work we do from day one. Enabling you to gain knowledge in the regulation of chemicals and gain valuable experience in regulatory science, working with national and international legislation, communicating with stakeholders, scientific writing and development of skills in regulatory decision making. CRD also offers stakeholders a comprehensive suite of conference and events training programme and the roles will include attendance at our UK events for training purposes.

No laboratory or field work is involved in these roles. There may be opportunities to undertake visits to testing facilities, field trials and external events for training and development.

You will join a structured training programme, which over the course of a minimum of 18 months, will introduce you to all the elements of your role, enabling you to gain in depth knowledge of the regulation of chemicals and develop valuable experience in regulatory science. As you become proficient, as early as your second year as a Band 5, you will have the opportunity to apply for through-grading to Band 4 (HSO).

This training will be a blend of classroom based tutorials and workshops, and tailored on the job training, where you will take ownership of a portfolio of work in your department, which you’ll be supported on a one-to-one basis to deliver at the highest level.


All Posts

1. To apply your scientific knowledge and skills to prepare written technical evaluations of data to meet internal quality standards
2. To communicate clearly scientific and regulatory information both verbally and in writing, presenting clear summaries, conclusions and
3. Understanding and applying the relevant regulations, guidance and models.
4. To analyse and interpret scientific information against relevant regulations, guidance and models in order to make robust regulatory decisions
5. Working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams.
6. Presenting your conclusions to a variety of internal and external stakeholders e.g. expert groups and other Government Departments.
7. To provide scientific and regulatory advice and guidance to colleagues, applicants, stakeholders and members of the public.

Posts C Regulatory assessment scientist – additional responsibilities:

8. Co-ordinating the whole regulatory process to complete multiple substance and product applications within legislative timeframes.
9. Make decisions on the specialist knowledge required to evaluate applications and the relevant fees
10. Managing applications through our systems, using the IT systems and databases effectively;
11. Monitoring and reporting on the progress of the specialist evaluations and delivery of the whole project to deadline and legislative targets;

For all posts we are looking for:

• Drive, determination and good planning skills which enable you to deliver at pace and to target;
• Good written and verbal communication skills, enabling you to collaborate effectively and engagingly with others;
• Ability to work flexibly and as part of a team;
• Sound analytical skills with the ability to write/present effective technical information in a clear, concise and timely way;
• Initiative and decisiveness, supporting your ability to make effective decisions, while being open to challenge and involving others;
• Commitment to learning and development , including on the job learning;
• IT skills, including experience in using Microsoft Office.

This is not an exhaustive list and there may be other tasks/responsibilities that will be required as part of these roles.


A degree, minimum 2:2, in a relevant science subject such as:

• Chemistry
• Environmental Sciences
• Biological Sciences
• Agriculture
• Horticulture
• Occupational Hygiene
• Biochemistry
• Pharmacology
• Toxicology
• Biomedical Sciences


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • How you have used your scientific knowledge and skills to evaluate a range of data?
  • How you have demonstrated clear oral and written communication of scientific information and presented clear conclusions and decisions?


We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay.
• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 21%, far more than in the private sector.
• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career.
• 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave
• Parental leave benefits: 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

Returning to work after a break:
We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.

This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm

For more information, please see the candidate pack attached.

Things you need to know


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, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 23:59 on Sunday 9th August 2020.

We will recruit in three stages:

Application and online tests

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete the first of three online tests;. Civil Service Judgement test, Numerical Reasoning, and Verbal reasoning Tests.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55 on 12th August 2020. If you fail to complete the three online tests before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the tests will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.


At the sift stage, we will assess your technical skills/knowledge/experience. You will be required to provide responses to the following technical questions (250 words each):

• How you have used your scientific knowledge and skills to evaluate a range of data; and
• How you have demonstrated clear oral and written communication of scientific information and presented clear conclusions and decisions.

In addition to your technical question responses, you will also submit a CV and suitability statement (750 words) in which you should provide additional evidence to explain your suitability for the role (i.e. omit evidence against key responsibilities bullets 1 and 2).

Interview /Assessment stage
If you are successful following the sift you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed against, Strengths, three behaviours (Communicating and Influencing, Working Together and Delivering at Pace) and the technical skills and knowledge for this role.

Candidates will also be invited to complete a written exercise which will assess behaviours Making Effective Decisions and Communicating and Influencing. Details of this exercise will be communicated to candidates upon reaching this stage in the process.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, please note that the recruitment process will be conducted online.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Nicola Snowden
Email :
Recruitment team :
Email :

Online test instructions

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within
24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:59 on 12th August 2020. If you fail to complete all three online tests before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the tests will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

Further information

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: or by writing to HSE at the following address: HSE Resourcing Team 2.3 Redgrave Court Merton Road Bootle Merseyside L20 7HS Alternatively, you can contact Civil Service commissioners: h ttps://

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