HSE’s Science Quality Assurance Group (SQAG) - Independent Members

Body: Health and Safety Executive
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sector: Regulation
Location: England, Wales, Scotland
Number of Vacancies: Multiple
Remuneration: £4800 (honorarium payment) plus reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses.
Time Requirements: It is anticipated that the role of SQAG Independent Member would involve a maximum of 8 days’ worth of effort per year. A requirement to attend a minimum of 2 full group meetings.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    22/10/2022 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/b 31 October 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    14, 16, 23 and 28 November 2022

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

HSE is looking for  experienced scientists ,engineers and analysts to be members of a new Science Quality Assurance Group which will provide the HSE Board, Chief Executive and Chief Scientific Adviser with independent and objective assurance on the relevance and quality of the science, engineering and evidence produced across HSE which is commissioned and delivered in support of HSE’s strategy and plans. This Group will provide an assurance function, and it will have no decision-making powers.

We would welcome applications from people who have substantial expertise in areas relevant to the breadth of HSE research and who show the ability to work across a wide range of relevant scientific disciplines. This experience could include industrial, academic, government or other sectors as long as it includes activities related to applied research in an interdisciplinary environment.

It is anticipated that this role would involve a maximum of 8 days- worth of effort per year. Each independent member is expected to prepare for and attend a minimum of 2 full group meetings each year. The HSE Chair, HSE Board or the Accounting Officer (AO) may ask the SQAG Chair to convene further meetings to discuss particular issues on which they want the Group’s assurance.

Each Independent Member will also be a subgroup member and will undertake at least one “deep dive” each year; this will be an intensive review of the science relating to a particular area. The deep dive may include a range of activities such as presentations of research by HSE’s scientists, engineers and analysts, assessment of reports, papers and abstracts, visits to research facilities and discussions with HSE scientists and their leadership teams. Each deep dive will have a member of the subgroup nominated by the Chair to be the leader for the deep dive. Each deep dive will take up to three days to complete.

Meetings will be held face-to-face, with the option for some hybrid meetings depending on the nature of the discussions.

For full information on this opportunity please refer to the Information Pack.

Person Specification

Appointment criterion 1: Members should have substantial expertise in one or more areas that are relevant to the scientific work carried out by HSE. Members will have experience of initiating and leading research or innovation programmes and have experience of working across the scientific community. Members are expected to be working at the applied end of the research landscape. (Essential)

Appointment criterion 2: Members must be able to demonstrate experience of working on expert committees/groups or in an equivalent capacity and demonstrate ability to work effectively with others outside their own discipline area. (Essential)

Appointment Criterion 3: Members must have a collaborative style and an aptitude for partnership working; this would include an ability to engage with people in different roles and at different career stages in a respectful and inclusive way. (Essential)

Appointment criterion 4: Members should be able to undertake research review activities in an objective manner, collaborate to draw a consensus from the subgroup and present this as a written report which represents the findings and views from the discussions in a format suitable for the intended audience (Essential)

Appointment criterion 5: Members should have the ability to work beyond their own specialism and contribute to the wider SQAG discussions across traditional discipline boundaries (Desirable)

How to Apply

Please email a comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements, a covering letter highlighting your suitability and setting out how you meet the essential criteria. Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.

Please email your CV, supporting letter and completed monitoring form to linda.heritage@hse.gov.uk quoting SQAG APPLICATION in the subject field. Attach your supporting letter, CV, and monitoring form as separate documents to your email.

Applications must be received by midnight 21/10/2022. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email.

Interviews (virtual via TEAMS) will be conducted with shortlisted candidates throughout November.

If you have any questions about this opportunity and would like to discuss either the role or the application process, please contact HSE’s Chief Scientific Adviser andrew.curran@hse.gov.uk

please refer to the attached Applicants Pack for more information about the role and applications process.

SQAG Indepedent Member Applicant's pack_

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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