Approvals Technical Engineer

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Full Time Permanent
  • Post Date: July 10, 2019
Job Description

Are you qualified in Vehicle Engineering and have a fantastic eye for detail? Do you love working with people?

If so, we encourage you to apply.

We are searching for a diligent Approvals Technical Engineer to process technical applications and reports, respond to technical queries and bring new initiatives into the business. We also want you to deal with standards, making legal and technical assessments and ensuring that DVSA meets its key targets and objectives. You will have the chance to technically challenge yourself in an engaging environment and build upon your own knowledge. Specific “Approval Standards” training will be given to a successful candidate.

Role Responsibilities

As part of your role, you will be expected to:

• Complete Assessment of Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) applications covering a range of both heavy and light road vehicles, checking reports and supporting documentation for IVA compliance
• Evaluate technical reports submitted from Technical Services for compliance and creating/updating “model reports” used to support vehicle examiners in assessing vehicle compliance
• Provide technical support to the clerical processing team and an advisory service to front line staff, operators, manufacturers, trade organisations, other agencies and the public on IVA certification and related services, responding to written and verbal enquiries in a timely manner
• Monitor testing processes to ensure an efficient service is maintained, identifying risks and issues, investigate possible solutions to solve issues or mitigate risks
• Collaborate with the policy team on new initiatives and developing new requirements and standards, for example where there are regulatory changes or to improve clarity within existing publications
• Provide support to the Approvals Process Manager, representing the DVSA at trade events and to carry out ad hoc related tasks

About You

Are you someone who is happy to communicate at all levels? We would love a confident individual to join us who can deliver the right messages to the business in a professional and clear way. Are you someone who loves to work closely with others and can express yourself in a confident and concise manner? Excellent communication skills are pivotal to this role with the ability to provide guidance and robust recommendations to stakeholders, where your exceptional stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels.

Do you thrive in a constantly evolving environment? Do you have the ability to consistently keep your knowledge up to date? We want you flexible and adaptable to change. We would encourage you to apply for the role if you enjoy focusing on the task at hand and love seeing your work through to completion. You have strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise a heavy workload.

You are someone who is thorough with their work and has exceptional attention to detail. You are motivated with a willingness to learn and passionate about delivering great service. We want you to be able to contribute to the development and continual enhancement of services. You will have excellent analytical skills and the ability to quickly develop recommendations based on quantitative and qualitative evidence.

About us

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads.

We do this by helping people through a lifetime of safe driving, helping them keep their vehicles safe to drive, and protecting them from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

Our work affects millions of people and thousands of businesses. Most importantly, our work saves lives.

We’re an organisation that values professional expertise. We work in inclusive and diverse teams. Meeting the needs of the people who use our services runs through everything we do.

We have exciting plans for the next 5 years to continue making our roads safer. Join us on our journey and help us to save lives.

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.
Degree in Motor Vehicle Engineering or vocational related qualification in Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair at level 3 or IMI ATA registration at diagnostic technician level or IRTEC registration at advanced technician level or Engtech registration.

NB: An NVQ level 3 will not be accepted on it’s own as a qualification. This is only acceptable as proof of experience – please see ‘experience and skills’ section below.

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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Engineering Qualification/Knowledge
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview with one or more exercises

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:
• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Apply and further information
Contact point for applicants
For further details about the vacancy please contact:
Sift/interview dates and location
The sift is due to take place 31/07/2019

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held 12/08/2019

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.
Further information
We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

Reference number:1636417
Grade:Higher Executive Officer
Business area:Other – Technical Section
Working pattern:Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time
Hours:37 hours per week
Number of posts:1

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact

Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:
Click here to visit Civil Service Commission.

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.
Role Profile
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CV and Personal Statement Guidance
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Candidate Notes
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DVSA A Great Place To Work
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