Digital technical standards lead - Internet - Midlothian
Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
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About the Job
Birmingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, Salford
About The Job
Optimise public R&D investment to support areas of relative UK strength and increase the level of private R&D to make our economy the most innovative in the world.
Promote a diverse research and innovation system that connects discovery to new companies, growth and jobs – including by delivering world-class physical and digital infrastructure (such as gigabit broadband), making the UK the best place to start and grow a technology business and developing and attracting top talent.
Put public services – including the NHS and schools – at the forefront of innovation, championing new ways of working and the development of in-house STEM capability to improve outcomes for people.
Strengthen international collaboration on science and technology in line with the Integrated Review, and ensure our researchers are able to continue to work with leading scientists in Europe and around the world.
Deliver legislative and regulatory reforms to drive competition and promote innovation, including the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill, the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill and our pro-innovation approach to regulating AI.
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We have an inclusive culture which makes the Department a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it helps us be more innovative.
We offer flexible working benefits, employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.
We welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion and fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.
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Please note that DSIT are currently reviewing our terms and conditions and pay arrangements following Machinery of Government changes and as part of the outstanding August 2023 pay award. Please be aware that there may be changes to the terms and conditions and pay ranges listed in this advert ahead of you starting in post. Any changes would be implemented in early 2024.
We are looking for an experienced technical specialists on internet and issues to be part of a DSIT team that brings together policy issues and expertise on digital technical standards. You would represent DSIT as a technical standards specialist, engaging with relevant technical standards organisations at their meetings to achieve government needs. For government colleagues you would be advising on the impacts of standards on policy initiatives and how best to achieve relevant government needs through standards.
The role would expose you to senior stakeholders across UK government, industry, regulators, foreign governments and international organisations. You would have flexibility in how they work and how to engage in appropriate standards work.
You will have technical experience with the ability to quickly familiarise with new concepts. With a good understanding of the standards organisations in this space such as ITU, ETSI, 3GPP, IETF, W3C, IEEE SA and OASIS and likely direct experience of working with one or more of them. You should have a good understanding of the digital standards environment around such organisations as ISO, CEN and BSI.
We’re also looking at other upcoming areas in standards, such as AI and quantum. Therefore background here would be useful too.
Working with the head of technical standards, who is an experienced standards engineer, you would:
- Contribute to the development of DSIT’s digital standards strategic approach, taking responsibility for internet and telecoms related technical areas as appropriate.
- Confidently represent the UK Government at digital standards developing organisations’ meetings and conferences, such as the IETF, IEEE SA, ITU, ETSI, 3GPP, ISO, W3C and others; with a particular focus on ETSI, 3GPP, IETF and IEEE SA.
- Be part of the leadership and governance of standards organisations.
- Provide advice and expertise to digital policy teams in DSIT and the wider Cross-Government community on internet and telecoms standards.
- Get involved in AI and quantum standards work and helping to shape the ecosystem to benefit of all.
- Manage external resources such as contractors.
Skills And Experience
It is essential that you can offer us the following:
- Experience to match Government science and engineering: career framework version 2 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-science-and-engineering-career-framework, meeting the foundation, experienced or leader levels. You would meet the knowledge/experience and demonstration characteristics described on pages 19 and 20 in relation to: ○ Global digital standards work in internet related issues. ○ Working with standards developing organisations such as ETSI, 3GPP, ITU, IETF, IEEE SA and W3C and possibly others such as ISO, BSI etc. ○ Internet and broadband technologies. ○ Telecoms and mobile technologies.
- Ability to understand, plan, prioritise and deliver outcomes in a complex environment.
- Excellent analytical skills and ability to assimilate complex documents and deliver effective arguments.
- Strong communication and influencing skills to successfully challenge and negotiate with key stakeholders and gain their confidence, including non-technical audiences.
- Be able to travel overseas for technical meetings typically once a month for up to a working week.
- Security Cleared (SC) (either hold, or willing to obtain).
- A degree or advanced professional qualification in one of the following: Electronic engineering, Communications engineering, Internet engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Cyber Security, Computer Science or a related field.
- Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status in an appropriate discipline, equivalents such EurIng and Professional Engineer status - or a substantial completion of such requirements.
- Experience in explaining and writing about technical standards for a generalist, non-technical audience - showing an appreciation of providing detail in a comprehensible way.
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Government science and engineering framework
- Technical knowledge
- Experience of technical standards work
- Government science and engineering framework
Alongside your salary of £52,320, Department for Science, Innovation & Technology contributes £14,126 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology offers a competitive mix of benefits including:
- A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
- Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme , with an average employer contribution of 27%.
- 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.
The Department operates a discretionary hybrid working policy, which provides for a combination of working hours from your place of work and from your home in the UK. The current expectation for staff is to attend the office or non-home based location for 40-60% of the time over the accounting period.
Things you need to know
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window) , and will assess your Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, personal statement and technical skills.
Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please use your personal statement (in no more than 250 words) to outline what you would bring to technical standards work in DSIT that shows your ability to work with technical issues and wider audiences.
Applications will be sifted on CV, personal statement, and any technical skills required.
In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the personal statement.
Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.
The interview will consist of technical and strength-based questions.
Sift and interview dates
Expected Timeline subject to change
Sift dates: w/c 04/03/2024
Interview dates: w/c 25/03/2024
Interview Location: MS Teams.
Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.
We are proud to be a disability confident leader and we welcome applications from disabled candidates and candidates with long-term conditions.
We fully support adjustments throughout our recruitment process and we encourage candidates to discuss their adjustment needs by emailing the job contact which can be found under the contact point for applicants section.
We do not have an exhaustive list of adjustments that we support but just some examples include additional time to complete your application form, behaviour questions up to 72 hours prior to interview and having extra time at interview.
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If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
A location based reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for 12 months. Should another role become available within that period you may be offered this position.
Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.
Any move to the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
DSIT does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).
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This job is broadly open to the following groups:
- UK nationals
- nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
- nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
- nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
- individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
- Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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