The International Vehicle Standards division is a team of 35, many of whom are professional engineers. Staff are predominantly based in London but may be based in any of DfT’s London, Birmingham or Leeds offices. Before the pandemic, and the UK’s exit from the EU, team members regularly attended meetings in Brussels and at the UN in Geneva as subject matter experts. UN meetings are currently taking place virtually but we expect some face to face contact to resume over time. As internationally sought out experts, some time may be spent internationally (most often in Asia or the US).
The new head will have the opportunity to shape our vision for new vehicle requirements post EU exit, with all the opportunities this brings to put the UK at the forefront of international thinking about environmental & safety issues and embracing new technology.
Current priorities for the team include:
• Creating a GB Vehicle Type Approval Scheme and the underpinning legislation that sets the standards for new models of motor vehicles;
• Working closely with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles to deliver a new regulatory approach for highly automated vehicles ;
• Liaising with industry and advising Ministers on a broad portfolio of technical issues, from the safety of e-scooters, to the trialling of autonomous driving systems on UK roads, to fundamental research into microplastic emissions from tyres contributing to marine pollution.
We are looking for a leader capable of nurturing a diverse and inclusive team, working closely and collaboratively with the wider Directorate, Department and Motoring Agencies, and able to explain complex technical issues to Ministers.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate their capabilities and experience in the following areas:
• Able to set strategic direction in the context of rapidly developing technology and environmental standards, and in the context of EU exit
• Outstanding leadership skills with the ability to recruit, inspire, empower and motivate the best staff; build genuinely diverse and inclusive teams; and grow capability and resilience to deliver outcomes even when working under scrutiny or at a high pace
• Ability to collaborate successfully across organisational boundaries, building networks to deliver shared outcomes
• Able to effectively analyse complex and inter-related issues
• Able to negotiate and influence at the highest level and to deliver technical information in a clear and concise manner