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Engineering Specialist

Department for Transport
London, Birmingham, Leeds, Swansea
£34,708 (London Salary) - £30,734 (National Salary)
Closing date
7 Feb 2021
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Role: Engineering Specialist

Department of Transport

Salary: £34,708 (London Salary) - £30,734 (National Salary)

Location: London, Birmingham, Leeds, Swansea

At the Department of Transport (DfT), we aim to deliver the very best in transportation standards across the UK. Our work is dynamic and challenging, affecting most of the country’s population every single day, not to mention the international freight industry, schools, businesses and hospitals. We need talented, innovative engineers to shape policies that can make the UK a country that works for everyone.

This is specialist engineering role with the DfT’s International Vehicle Standards (IVS) division. You’ll play a key role in developing and delivering government policy for safer road vehicles as well as global vehicle improvements.

The role is wide-ranging and uniquely challenging, as well as being a great opportunity to develop a stimulating career within the DfT and Government. Joining a team of dedicated engineers and working on a broad portfolio of policies, your duties will include:

  • Acting as one of our technical specialists in vehicle standards.
  • Developing policy in areas such as automated vehicle technologies, innovative mobility, lighting, crashworthiness, and child restraint systems.
  • Supporting strategic programmes and research projects to deliver improvements for vehicle safety in the UK and internationally.
  • Supporting on international regulatory developments for safety technologies at the United Nations as well as managing consumer information programmes.
  • Providing specialist advice to DfT Ministers and across Government.
  • Representing UK interests at international meetings and conferences and building useful relationships.
  • Applying specialist knowledge to respond to enquiries from members of the public, the media and Ministers.

We’re looking for:

  • Great communication skills with the ability to build and maintain networks.
  • Highly motivated candidates who can drive projects forwards.
  • The ability to analyse complex technical information and make recommendations based on your analysis.
  • Delivering projects, research, briefings and presentations to challenging deadlines.
  • The ability to plan and organise effectively.

At DfT, we offer our teams an excellent benefits package, including generous annual leave, a contributory pension, flexible working options, a range of family-friendly policies as well as an employee discount scheme. We also offer a range of networking opportunities, coaching schemes from quality providers, as well as strong learning and development programmes.

Closing date: 7 February 2021.


The DfT is committed to invest in the strategic road network to promote growth and address the congestion that affects people and businesses, and continue to improve road safety. We’re also encouraging the uptake of new and emerging technologies to drive continuous improvement, such as driverless vehicle technology. 

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