Regulatory Compliance Officer (Band 5 / EO)

Government of The United Kingdom

Regulatory Compliance Officer (Band 5 / EO)


Government of The United Kingdom, Edinburgh

  • Full time
  • Permanent
  • Remote working

Posted 3 weeks ago, 21 Jun | Get your application in now before you miss out!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

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Full Job Description

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the independent regulator for work-related health and safety. Our purpose is to protect people and the environment we save lives.

HSE is highly regarded both nationally and internationally. The benefits that our work brings to business, workers and the UK economy are clear. Improved health and safety risk management protects workers and translates into reduced sickness absence, lower healthcare and welfare costs, and better productivity.

Our collective goal is to help make Great Britain one of the best, safest and healthiest places to live and work in, through influencing health and safety attitudes and behaviours, which helps to reduce death, injury and ill health.

Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division

A key operational arm of HSE, the Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division regulates major hazards i.e. businesses where failure to maintain control of risks could result in catastrophic consequences for the lives of workers and people in the nearby community. Major Hazard regulation is about testing the safety management systems and arrangements in place to prevent, control and mitigate against catastrophic events. When major hazard events occur it is usually because several control systems fail so safety management systems, and our regulatory interventions need to be able to identify where weaknesses in one control system could accumulate into a catastrophic failure.

CEMHD is one half of the COMAH Competent Authority (CA). In Scotland, the CA partner is SEPA. Both organisations work closely together to regulate major hazard establishments across the country.

From the outset you will be supported by your manager and colleagues to understand your role in HSE and to develop your skills and knowledge which you require to fulfil this role. You will be provided with on the job training to help you develop awareness and knowledge of HSEs work and organisational structure, relevant operational and legal procedures and to become familiar with a range of work activities, industrial processes and the associated hazards and precautions.

The RCO role is a front facing role which forms a key part of the operational team. RCOs are required to work alone and alongside inspectors and specialists supporting their work. The work of the RCO is fundamental to informing decisions around targeting resources and prioritisation. You will assist with inspector-led workplace inspections; investigations of work-related incidents affecting workers and the public, health and safety related enforcement activity; and campaigns and promotional activities designed to improve the management of health and safety in the workplace.

The RCO role includes visiting workplaces across Scotland as well as occasionally other parts of the UK.

RCOs are managed by Operational Team Leaders and work as part of a team of HM Inspectors of Health and Safety.

Hybrid Working

At HSE, we are proud to be able to offer our people the opportunity to work in a hybrid way which combines working from home and the office. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your allocated office will be your contractual place of work. There will be a requirement to travel to the office for various activities e.g. collaborative working, supporting and training colleagues. If hybrid working is suitable for you and your role, the arrangements will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. Therefore, we would encourage candidates to consider if the commute from home to the office is a feasible distance to travel before making an application. Please note that if you are successful, hybrid working will be discussed prior to taking up the post., As an RCO you will work as part of a regulatory team. Your role, once fully operational, will include the following activities:

  • Gathering intelligence about workplaces which fall within the remit of CEMHD to regulate in order to help inform regulatory decisions;

  • Liaison with SEPA and local authorities;

  • Making enquiries into reported incidents or concerns to inform the operational team leaders investigation decision;

  • Taking voluntary witness statements;

  • Securing and processing evidence and contributing to its proper management;

  • Visiting workplaces to provide advice and identify matters of concern where an inspection intervention may be justified;

  • Attending court hearings to take notes and provide feedback or to give evidence on matters relating to RCO involvement in the case;

  • Interacting with a wide group of duty holders, employees, trade union representatives, Local Authority officers, members of the public and other interested parties including the Police and solicitors in the course of reactive support work., We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together

  • Communicating and Influencing

  • Seeing the Big Picture

  • Developing Self and Others

  • We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
  • Working Together

  • Communicating and Influencing, The interviews are due to be held at our Edinburgh office or Glasgow office (location details will be shared in interview invites), and will take place during week commencing 29th July 2024.

  • In the event of a high number of applications at sift or that pass the interview standard we will assess on the lead Behaviour 'Working Together'.

    AI Tools & Platforms

    During the application process candidates are allowed to utilise AI (artificial intelligence) platforms and Tools to support them in writing their Behaviours, CVs and Personal Statements. However, all information submitted must be factually accurate. This includes presenting the ideas and experience of others, or those generated by artificial intelligence, as your own. All presented information will be assessed at the Interview Stage.


    This role is not open to application from those who will require sponsorship under the points based system. Should you apply for this role and require sponsorship your application will be rejected, and any provisional offers of employment will be withdrawn.

    Security Clearance

    Due to the nature of security checks undertaken, applicants must have 3 years continuous residency in the UK up to the date of the application and, Home Office approval for indefinite leave to remain within the UK.

    Further Information

    Please note that a Reserve List will be held for the period of up to 12 months.

    It is the candidates responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached HSE Terms and Conditions document. The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan 2024-2027 - GOV.UK ( and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy: 2022 to 2025 - GOV.UK (

    HSE is proud to be a part of the Disability Confidence Scheme (DCS). As a Disability Confident employer, we positively welcome applications from disabled people. We are committed to making workplace adjustments to ensure anyone can participate in the recruitment and selection process.

    We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for all disabled applicants who provide evidence of meeting the minimum requirements necessary for the post.

    If, during the application or interview process, you require any assistance due to a disability or a medical condition, please contact us at the email address below to discuss how we can support you. For example if you have a disability, and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please contact:

    If successful in securing your role, HSE can provide suitable workplace adjustments to support you throughout your career with HSE.

    Any move to HSE 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 at Childcare Choices , 30 Hours Childcare, Tax-Free Childcare and More , Help with Costs , GOV.UK

    Please note, if you are a current civil servant and you are currently undergoing any of the following formal actions your application will not be progressed any further; Formal discipline action, any formal action regarding attendance, poor performance or any restriction of duties as a result of disciplinary action.

    Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


    Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

    Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

    People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

    Nationality requirements

    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

    Be self-motivated and driven with the ability to independently prioritise, organise, plan and deliver your own work;

  • Work well as part of a team with colleagues to deliver the key responsibilities of the post in a flexible and responsive manner responding positively to changes of priority as work demands dictate;

  • Have strong verbal and written communication and influencing skills, including being able to summarise and present information in a clear and comprehensive way;

  • Have sound analytical skills including being able to critically review and capture numerous pieces of information and identify significant findings;

  • Be organised and accurate with your time recording;

  • Understand how your work and the work of your team supports wider objectives and meets the diverse needs of stakeholders

  • Training and experience
  • You will be trained in HSEs recording systems, however experience of word, excel and outlook are preferable;

  • You should have a NEBOSH certificate or be willing to obtain this certificate or other such suitable qualification as deemed appropriate for your role.

  • Such qualifications may be delivered internally (including through Civil Service Learning) or via external providers. Appropriate study time will be allowed during work hours. HSE will support and coach you throughout your study.


    A full UK driving license is required., You MUST have English Language GCSE grade C/grade 4 (Scottish National 5 certificates grade A to C) or an equivalent such as a level 8 in the International English Language Testing System.) - This is AN ESSENTIAL requirement and evidence of this qualification will be requested as part of the Pre Employment checks should you be successful. If you are not able provide evidence of this qualification then your pre employment checks cannot continue and you will fail the pre employment checking process., You will also be invited to submit 250 words on each of the Behaviours: Working Together and Communicating and Influencing.

    Alongside your salary of £28,730, Health and Safety Executive contributes £8,302 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

    Learning and development tailored to your role

    An environment with flexible working options

    A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

    Competitive rates of pay

    Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute 28.97%, far more than in the private sector.

    Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career

    Carer friendly policies to help create a supportive working culture

    25 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and 1-day Civil Service privilege leave

    Parental leave benefits

    As a member of HSE you will gain access to a wide range of fantastic benefits that you can take advantage of such as the Cycle to Work Scheme, E-Gift Cards and Vouchers via our partner EdenRed.

    Things you need to know

    Selection process details

    This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.