Senior External Verifier (Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment)

A Senior External Verifier is responsible for ensuring that all tasks associated with external verification and qualification approval activities are carried out under the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

The prime role is to manage the team of external verifiers in the delivery of verification procedures for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods scheme to ensure that standards are maintained.

These activities will be under the direction of SQA’s Contract Services team.

Outline of duties

  • Leadership & Management
  • Lead, manage and appraise a verification/invigilation team.
  • Continually review resource levels and EV Training Provider allocations.
  • Create and apply quality control systems to ensure consistency of decision making by EVs (standardisation).
  • Conduct EV performance reviews on a quarterly basis and report to SQA every 6 months.
  • Update SQA regarding EV performance against targets on a monthly basis.
  • Conduct scheduled management visits with EVs to ensure standards of conduct are being adhered to, 1 per EV per annum at a minimum.
  • Conduct unannounced management visits with EVs to ensure standards of conduct are being adhered to, 1 per EV per annum at a minimum.
  • Prepare and submit an annual report on verification activity by 28 February each year.


  • Attend various industry events and meetings, at the request of SQA, to provide professional input.
  • Proactively seek feedback from Training Providers regarding quality assurance visits.

Consultation & Guidance

  • Monitor and suggest amendments to the Manual of Practice (MOP) biannually and as requested.
  • Advise the SQA on ad-hoc matters as they arise.
  • Provide consultation on revisions to the syllabus and MOP to maintain alignment with changing legislation, industry agreements and industry best practice.
  • Monitor and review examination questions and contribute to question bank review teams.
  • Provide input and guidance to SQA staff regarding EV reports following visits to Training Providers.

Selection Criteria

Essential characteristics

Successful candidates must:

  • Be able to demonstrate experience and knowledge in the Carriage of Dangerous Goods industry within the last 5 years, and a high level of expertise in training and assessment
  • Not be a practising ADR Training Instructor for the duration of their appointment.
  • Have knowledge of national and international regulations and agreements concerning the Carriage of Dangerous Goods.
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be able to engage positively with all members of a team
  • Be able to demonstrate line management experience and expertise in performance management.
  • Be able to communicate confidently, effectively and professionally (both orally and in writing) with customers, colleagues and stakeholders
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and administrative skills and provide an attention to detail
  • Have a home computer or laptop with broadband internet connection and a private e-mail address.
  • Have excellent working knowledge of Microsoft packages including but not limited to Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Hold a current clean driving licence.
  • Hold a current ADR Driver Training Certificate.

Desirable characteristics

Successful candidates should:

  • Hold a current DGSA qualification or equivalent
  • Hold or be working towards an External Verification Award.
  • Hold a formal training qualification and or an external audit qualification
  • Be qualified and or trained in instructional techniques
  • Have an in-depth understanding of all documentation, duties, tasks and procedures associated with the verification area for which they will have responsibility