From Vehicle Type Approval to the packaging of Dangerous Goods, help us to deliver a safer and cleaner environment.

Our staff are responsible for making a real difference to public safety and the environment. By joining us, you will be part of a global agency known for its long standing reputation in providing services of the highest quality. You will work with other experienced professionals, who are passionate, dedicated and always pushing to learn more.

Our teams are spread across the globe. Our head office is located in Bristol, and we have offices and testing facilities in Nuneaton, Milton Keynes and Leatherhead. As we serve a global automotive industry, we also have offices in the US, Japan, China, India and Australia. The global nature of our work presents opportunities for our staff to travel and take up secondments abroad. Interested to hear more? Read on to learn more about the amazing benefits available to our staff.

A little about us

We provide expert testing and certification services to a wide range of automotive makers, from global brands to the smallest niche specialist vehicle manufacturers. So if you use or travel in a vehicle, there’s a good chance that we’ve been involved in getting it on the road.


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Discover more about our VCA team

Statutory Operations covers two key departments within VCA, namely the Type Approval Certification department and the Conformity of Production (CoP) department.

Find out what its like to work in our Statutory Operations Team


Help us continue to develop a diverse team

At VCA we all play an active role in developing an inclusive workplace. We are already an incredibly diverse organisation but we are committed to building on this still further.

We believe that by being an inclusive workplace, where everyone is valued, we are more motivated, higher performing and more committed to our team.

We welcome all applications, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, social background, religious beliefs, ethnicity or age.

Your Learning and Career Development with us

Our people are at the forefront of what we do. That is why we invest heavily in the professional development and support of our teams.  From bespoke training packages, professional qualifications and the wider civil service learning platform, we empower our leaders and develop our teams.

From your first day with us, you will have access to a wide ranging learning and development portfolio designed to give you the right tools at the right time. In these ever evolving times, we continue to build on our learning and development portfolio to provide a tailored development agenda for our team’s ever changing needs.

Portrait photograph of Paul Higgs
The exciting thing about managing a global operation is the opportunity it gives us to celebrate our diversity and create an environment where we can work effectively together. Inclusion is what we do to ensure all our different kinds of people can thrive and succeed.

Paul Higgs
Chief Operating Officer
Graduate engineer and Senior Engineer

Have you heard about our Graduate Training Programme?

We run a world-class Graduate Training Programme with more than 30 years of experience, and we’re looking for the next intake of graduates to join us. You’ll have access to ground-breaking and emerging automotive technology in one of the most exciting and innovative engineering sectors currently available, and we’ll support you with your ambition to become a Chartered Engineer. 

Click here to find out more about the programme


Find out what jobs are available on the Civil Service Careers website.


Applying to the VCA: Support wth your CV, personal statement, and interview

We’ve created a quick video with some things to do and not to do when applying for a role at the VCA, which is an executive agency within the Civil Service.

For your application to the VCA, you may be asked to complete a CV, personal statement, and attend an interview. Your application will be made on the Civil Service Jobs platform.