Independent technical assessors
The role of independent technical assessors and their attributes
Independent technical assessors are a crucial part of the UKAS assessment process. With such a wide range of technical areas covered by UKAS accreditation, independent technical assessors provide UKAS with the essential pool of expertise required to deliver robust assessment.
Becoming a technical assessor for UKAS provides a unique and rewarding opportunity for industry professionals to expand their skills and enhance their career alongside their current role.
UKAS assessments are carried out by teams which include independent technical assessors (called Technical Assessors or Experts) who have proven technical competence in the relevant specialism and/or sector of the organisation. Our Independent Technical Assessors are essential to the assessment process, as they provide the support needed to assess technical competence and capability within the organisation. This includes validity of technical operations, appropriateness of equipment and competence of staff.
- Key requirements for the role
Independent technical assessors must have, and be able to maintain, a strong comprehensive working knowledge of:
- The processes or techniques they are assessing
- The type of business processes and systems relevant to the organisation being assessed
- The underlying principles surrounding quality assurance and quality management
They also need to be well organised and presented, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and be able to communicate with staff and management at all levels. They should be able to report accurately and concisely both verbally and in writing and be able to provide empathic feedback where required.
- Availability of work & payment
Our independent technical assessors are offered work with UKAS on a third-party sub-contract basis. The quantity of work available depends on the needs of the business and UKAS cannot guarantee an amount of work to be offered. Payment is made on the basis of a daily fee and includes preparation and post-visit activities, as well as on-site assessments.
Independent technical assessors must hold appropriate Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance cover of at least £1 million each.
Training is provided in the relevant accreditation standards and once trained and authorised as competent, UKAS will pay an agreed rate for work undertaken. Where travel and subsistence is reasonably required, this will be reimbursed in accordance with HMRC guidelines. An agreement will need to be signed prior to services being used.
- How to apply
If you have the relevant technical expertise and attributes and are committed to quality and improvement then we would like to hear from you.
A list of current technical assessor vacancies can be found here. We also welcome speculative applications across other areas of expertise, simply complete the application form below or send your CV to [email protected].
- Assessors required for private provider C-19 sampling
UKAS is looking to increase its resource of healthcare professionals to join our assessment teams in the Accreditation of Covid-19 testing – Private Providers as technical assessors or experts as our health and care system continues to face huge challenges as it works to tackle COVID-19 within its communities. This will involve the accreditation of organisations providing swabbing sampling services for Covid-19 testing for test to release programmes.
As part of this important work we are looking for qualified allied health professionals, pharmacy and dental professionals, healthcare scientists, preferably with first-hand experience of undertaking swabbing such as Covid-19, or MRSA swabs, and of experience of clinical and observational audit from across the country to support the accreditation process. The role will be undertaken remotely due to current Pandemic restrictions.