Specialist Technical Engineers
Do you have a technical mind-set and ability to manage complex issues?
Do you have a background in engineering or science, and want to make a positive difference to vehicle safety?
Would you like the chance to become a valued technical expert within the Department for Transport?
If so we would like to hear from you.
The International Vehicle Standards (IVS) division is offering a unique opportunity for enthusiastic engineers to drive forward the development and delivery of UK government policy for safer road vehicles. We have two positions available working alongside other experienced engineers in our Vehicle Safety group. As an engineer in IVS, you will become critical to the development and delivery of vehicle standards within DfT, across government and internationally. You will be responsible for shaping the future standards for vehicles alongside a dedicated team of engineers with a confident and leading role in technical policy development and delivery.
Our work cuts across organisational boundaries, with IVS engineers leading on passive and active crash safety systems, emissions and environmental impact, as well as the frameworks that govern vehicle homologation and approval. We work directly with DfT agencies including the Vehicle Certification Agency and the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, government departments across Whitehall, the automotive industry in the UK and abroad, and with foreign government representatives and global stakeholders.
Role Responsibilities include but are not limited to
• Leading policy development and delivery for vehicle standards, providing specialist advice to DfT Ministers and across government
• Supporting and attending international meetings and conferences, representing the UK’s interests and building relationships
• Driving forward 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 IVS for ad-hoc projects, demonstrating flexibility across other technical areas where required
• Providing specialist advice to the IVS correspondence team for responding to enquiries from members of the public, the media and Ministers
We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.
You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.
DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.
DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.
You communicate in a straightforward manner using appropriate styles to engage stakeholders and provide advice to technical and non-technical colleagues. You are technically-minded and able to understand complex problems with limited guidance. You will have experience of providing guidance and robust recommendations to internal stakeholders, where your exceptional stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels. You will be a strong advocate for change and continuous improvement, recognising the benefits of promoting a change culture within your team.
Skills and experience you will also bring to the role
You should hold a science or engineering degree or specific academic/technical qualifications to a similar level. However, if you are unsure whether your qualifications are sufficient, do get in touch.
Your academic qualifications should be enhanced by practical experience in areas such as, but not limited to, design, manufacturing, quality control, homologation, etc.
You should hold a science or engineering degree or specific academic/technical qualifications to a similar level.