NOC Recruitment FAQs
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about jobs at the NOC.
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All external vacancies can be found on http://noc.ac.uk/jobs. Applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about a specific role and to apply, please click on the website link for ‘Top Careers’: http://topcareer.jobs. Before making an application, you will be required to set up an account on the Top Careers website. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UKSBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003.
We request that all candidates applying for a role at the NOC submit both a CV and covering letter to emphasise the reasons for applying for the role.
We ask that all candidates provide an overview of how their skills and experience meet the relevant criteria as set out in the Job Description/Person Specification, which can be found on the Top Careers website within the advert section for the role you are applying for.
Please note that the NOC will, from time to time, use recruitment agencies to recruit specialist posts.
All applications must be made online. However, if in exceptional circumstances, you are unable to apply online, please contact UKSBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003 before the closing date to request a paper application pack. Please note that information sent will be exactly the same as the information on the Top Careers website and you should allow at least four working days for the information to arrive. Applications must be received by the closing date stated on the job advertisement.
Once the vacancy has closed, the shortlist panel will review all applications and agree which candidates will be invited for interview. In most cases this should take no longer than four weeks.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications at shortlist stage, due to the high volume of applications we receive. All applications are scored against the role specific criteria detailed in the Job Description and Person Specification and candidates who meet this criteria and score the highest will be invited to attend an interview.
Details of presentations or selection tests will be included in your interview invite letter if required. If you are expected to prepare anything in advance this will be specified. You are required to bring along documentation, i.e., eligibility to work in the UK, certificates of qualifications, passport, birth certificate and driving licence (if required for the role).
Interviews usually take place on site at NOC. Details will be provided if you are invited to interview. Detailed information relating to travel to the NOC sites can be found on our contact page.
If you are shortlisted to attend for interview, you will be sent details of your allocated interview date and time. If you are unable to attend, please contact UKSBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003 as soon as possible. Please note that it may not always be possible to rearrange dates, particularly when several panel members may be involved in the interview process. In some cases, the interview process must proceed without a shortlisted candidate.
Interview expenses will be reimbursed only to candidates where pre-approval has been given by the recruiting manager and includes travel expenses. Please contact the People and Skills team for further information.
No. All candidates will be asked to provide details of their referees as part of their application, however references will only be sought for the preferred candidate after a job offer has been made and accepted.
The interview panel should advise you at the end of the interview when you can expect to hear the outcome.
Successful candidates will be contacted with confirmation of the initial informal offer in writing. This will be followed up by a formal contract of employment, which will be issued by UKSBS.
Please note that all offers are subject to receipt of satisfactory employment references, evidence of eligibility to work in the UK and sight of relevant certificates of training/qualifications. Successful candidates will also be required to be deemed medically fit to undertake their role and pass an Agenda screening assessment. These requirements are outlined below.
|Informal offer to be confirmed||Recruiting Manager and People and Skills team||Recruiting Manager will confirm verbal offer and the People and Skills team will follow up with an informal written offer.|
|Formal contract of employment||UKSBS||Following on from the informal offer, UKSBS will issue a formal contract of employment.|
|Right to work in the UK||Candidate to provide relevant documents||You will need to submit this at the time of your interview.|
|Certificates of training/qualifications||Candidate to provide relevant documents||You will need to submit this at the time of your interview.|
|Satisfactory employment references||People and Skills team||After an offer has been made and accepted, the People and Skills team will ask you to complete a reference contacts form. The People and Skills team will contact your referees to obtain employment references.|
|Occupational Health screening||People and Skills team||After an offer has been made and accepted, the People and Skills team will ask you to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire. You will need to submit this to our Occupational Health provider (OMMS). OMMS will confirm whether an OH review is required. On receipt of the outcome, the People and Skills team will contact you again to confirm next steps.|
|Agenda screening||Candidate to contact Agenda directly||After an offer has been accepted, Agenda Screening will contact you. You will need to liaise with Agenda to complete the screening process.|
Sponsorship of non-EEA workers is contingent upon meeting strict Home Office requirements throughout the recruitment process. To comply with this, the NOC is required to request evidence of right to work in the UK from all successful candidates prior to commencing employment. NERC holds a licence to enable the NOC to sponsor migrant workers to live and work in the UK. However, the NOC is only able to offer sponsorship for specialist roles. The People and Skills team can provide further information.
The NOC operates a scheme that provides relocation assistance for a new employee who is moving to the area to start a new job at the NOC. For some recruitment situations, the NOC is able to support successful candidates through a relocation process and that this will be discussed with the candidate at the point of an offer being made. Please note that the relocation assistance does not cover the annual health levy. For further guidance regarding relocation, please visit the HMRC website www.gov.uk/expenses-and-benefits-relocation.
If you have any further questions about jobs at the NOC, please get in touch.