Occupational Psychologist

The role holder will lead the SIS Occupational Psychology Team responsible for supporting recruitment delivery teams with their targets. They will also be part of a broader team of Psychologists from a diverse range of specialities. The role holder will advise on and develop recruitment processes and provide specialist expertise to advise, guide and train recruiters and hiring managers on areas such as fairness, consistency and best practice. The role holder will also take on line management of other Occupational Psychologists and be responsible for the running and development of Occupational Psychology provision throughout the service. 

Example responsibilities and activities:

  • Provide individual assessments to candidates joining/within the service

  • Analyse and interpret psychometric personality test results and facilitate discussion with candidates. Monitor and interpret trends in psychometric test data and provide personality testing and competency related feedback to assessors and hiring managers

  • Designing recruitment assessment materials (interview questions, scenarios, timetables, mark schemes, scoring matrices etc.) for all grades/roles within SIS. Work with internal stakeholders to produce relevant real-life scenarios, while ensuring assessment best practice is followed

  • Designing and delivering training for assessors

  • Quality assuring assessment /interview delivery and providing expert advice to assessors during integration sessions

  • Carrying out validation studies and evaluation of recruitment processes and systems across SIS

  • Using job analysis techniques to clarify role requirements and identify core skills, qualities and attributes needed to perform these effectively

  • Creating new, and amending existing job descriptions, person specifications and competency frameworks

  • Train and support delivery teams to understand quality assurance and legislative implications. Help develop policies and good practice around QA. Evaluate assessment/recruitment processes to make improvements to them, in terms of cost, time, efficiency, diversity and resources

  • Applying Psychology theory and knowledge practically to review processes and provide bespoke advice on fairness, consistency, efficiency and appropriateness of selection processes

  • Conducting research and stakeholder consultation to gain buy in for assessment solutions

  • Managing and leading the Occupational Psychology service


Essential Qualifications

  • MSc in Occupational Psychology

  • Registered Occupational Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Experience and relevant training in ability and personality assessment for personnel selection including psychometric evaluation


Other Skills / experience required for the role


  • Experience of delivering individual Occupational Psychology assessments to recruitment candidates

  • Experience in reviewing, designing and developing end to end selection processes for both volume and niche recruitment roles

  • Extensive experience of conducting job analysis work for different occupational groups at different levels and grades

  • Experience of designing interviews, assessment exercises, and competency scoring criteria for a broad range of roles and specialisms

  • Experience of designing / delivering interviewer and assessor training

  • Experience designing competency and / or capability frameworks

  • Experience quality assuring assessments and assessors

  • Excellent consultancy skills

  • Experience of evaluating processes and recruitment systems e.g. predictive validity studies, cost utility analysis

  • Competent in statistical analysis of data (SPSS)


  • In-house consultancy experience

  • Management experience of Occupational Psychologists

  • Occupational Psychology registration supervisor

  • Trained in NEO-PI-R personality testing tool

  • Relevant Doctorate / PhD

  • Research skills


Key competencies 

Working with others 
Strategic thinking 
problem solving and judgement 
Partner and Customer orientation 
Learning and Change 
Planning and delivery

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We do tend to agree, or at least we did.  That was then and this is now and in the world of Politics things move quickly and one does have to look at the reality of the situation.  If there is enough fog between you and your destination, then sometimes the route you take can change, leaving you all sorts of options.  If the objective was originally to circumnavigate through uncertain waters to establish who, what, why and when the virus came about – then that is now lost in the fog.  It is arbitrary.  Now we have something that is far more concrete and tangible to use to our advantage – we have uncertainty.  We now have enough debate and conspiracy to render the findings of the scientists open to interpretation.  And that… is a diplomat’s dream come true.   This particular carcass will feed many and although the WHO will go in, on the ground, and no doubt find yet more uncertainty…it really is irrelevant.  You will certainly not find individual government’s chomping at the bit to send their representatives into Wuhan anytime soon, and even if they did, why?  Wuhan is not some sleepy suburb in leafy Northamptonshire… it is in China.  Whatever was there has long gone, if indeed it was ever even there.  So perhaps it would be wise to assume that at least for the next few decades this is a conspiracy that will never find out those salient facts. 

Now, listening to the scientists, there is an overwhelming urge to say, “shush now”.  Step back ladies and gentlemen and look at the bigger picture at play.  Nobody is actually interested whether or not the virus started in Wuhan, intentionally or not.  As long as it is open to debate, it is far more valuable.  The scientists have debated at length and argued, but there is still no unequivocal proof either way that satisfies all parties…and why could that be?  Scientific fact is not open to debate or questioning, that is a given.  However, to say Science is correct, is not true.  That is because Science has Scientists, and Scientists are human beings who in turn are fallible and motivated by many many other factors.  In China for example, one might say that scientific fact is exactly what they want it to be.  Indeed, who is to say it ends in China.


So why is uncertainty such a blessing in this case?  It provides an additional bargaining chip and a weapon in the armoury for all Governments to now use against the Chinese.  Maybe on the other side of the fence their own initial conspiracy theory that a foreign Government (the US) planted the virus in their midst, is being written about in their own press.  Or maybe not. The fact is it is a safe bet to assume that no body will ever know.  There will be no compensations or admissions of guilt in this case sadly…however the capillaceous network that is politics, diplomacy and economic negotiations will be the real beneficiaries.


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