Intelligence Researcher Job at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – in London

Job Description

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£30,360 – £36,525

London: £33,570 – £36,525 National: £30,360 – £32,275


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Market Frameworks / OPSS

Type of role


Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Birmingham, London

About the job


About OPSS

Do you care about the safety of products and want to protect people and places? Can we use your skills, knowledge and experience to enable UK business to thrive? If the answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you!

We are the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We are here for the purpose of making regulation work to deliver real world impact. Regulation is a powerful Government tool to address market failures, influence behaviour and promote positive action. Crafted and delivered well, regulation can be an enabler of growth, innovation and efficiency.

Since early 2019 we have been building a positive and creative team that enjoys a position of influence and respect within an organisation that continues to grow, most recently with the addition of the regulation of construction products planned for 2022.

Our mission: To be a trusted product regulator for the UK.

Our goal: To be a leader of good regulatory practice and a champion of local regulation.

Further information can be found on our website:

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. We embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (DCS) for people with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We are Inclusive

We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible and recognise how important inclusivity is to achieve the best outcomes. We hope to attract applications from all underrepresented groups.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Job description

About the Team

The OPSS Intelligence Unit is responsible for understanding the risk posed by unsafe and non-compliant products to the UK consumer. OPSS works to protect consumers from unsafe products and support businesses through effective regulation. The Unit is integral to building the Office’s knowledge base for effective decision-making. We are seeking an intelligence researcher who can add to the diversity and scope of the Unit to help embed our intelligence capability supporting both operational and strategic Intelligence.

This is an exciting opportunity for a focused individual to be an integral part of a team with the key purpose of consumer safety!

About the Role

As one of 5 intelligence researchers within the team, you will play a meaningful role in the receipt and triage of information and intelligence into the unit through the centralised mailbox. You will contribute to the Tactical Assessment and Strategic Assessment process through developing intelligence using established intelligence techniques and open-source research. Some stakeholder engagement will be required internally and externally with Trading Standards officers and other regulatory agencies throughout the UK.

About you

Applications are welcome from ambitious individuals who have the energy to make positive change happen and are focussed on outcomes. This role will provide the opportunity to grow, develop, and progress your career within the intelligence profession, as well as many opportunities to broaden and diversify your experience across other service functions.


Key Responsibilities

Do you have the proven ability to?

  • Help inform, risk-based decisions ensuring accurate recording of data.
  • Utilise effective processes for intelligence gathering, analysis and dissemination, within national guidelines.
  • Champion the use of intelligence across the Office helping to embed an intelligence and risk led culture.
  • Work independently with minimal direction and show creative and ambitious tendencies.

Person Specification

We are excited to hear from you, if you can demonstrate the following attributes!


  • Experience coordinating intelligence databases.
  • Understanding of the National Intelligence Model.
  • Contributing to the intelligence process as part of a team.


  • Accredited Intelligence training.
  • Understanding of UK Product Safety Regulation.

Further information can be found on our Careers website at https://opss-careers.co.uk/


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

Working Together

Delivering at Pace

Managing a Quality Service


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

  • A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, home working and compressed hours.
  • Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
  • A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
  • An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
  • Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

About Company

Company: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy –

Company Location:  London

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