Food Standards Agency
Multi-Location in Belfast, London, Cardiff, York or Birmingham or Home-Based in the UK Occasional travel required Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas.
About the job Summary
The FSA is a non-ministerial department of over 1300 people, with a big vision – to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food we can trust”. More than 90% of food and feed law in the UK currently comes from Europe and our primary goal is to continue to protect public health and UK consumers’ wider interest in food. As we have now exited the EU the FSA faces a significant period of change and activity.
The Agency’s Northern Ireland office operates adjacent to the FSA in Britain and Wales, and as such takes on a lot of important duties separately from the wider organisation. This means that it is particularly important that we offer all teams working within the Northern Ireland office robust support to enable them to get their work done and continue to protect the health of those in Northern Ireland and the wider UK.
Supporting policy areas across the Northern Ireland office, the Executive Support Officer is integral to the smooth running of our operations. The demands of the role are deeply varied and entail a wide range of activities from drafting copy for colleagues and our website to providing support at stakeholder events and team meetings.
Candidates will liaise with colleagues in every area of the FSA’s Northern Irish remit, as well as external stakeholders including authorities in the Republic of Ireland, regarding cross-border food, feed and environmental incidents. From data management to the creation of product recall notices, Executive Support Officers are actively involved in helping the FSA run smoothly, protecting the food and health of the nation.
Candidates will need to be motivated and organised individuals who can manage their priorities to deliver against a number of concurrent targets whilst working at pace. Working closely with colleagues throughout the Agency, you’ll need to be a strong communicator who can make a lasting impact. Strong IT skills are a must.
Please read the attached Candidate Pack to discover further details about the role, our organisation, who we are looking for and the criteria we will assess against during the selection process. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you every success.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached Terms and Conditions statement.
Things you need to know Security
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Full details of the selection process are detailed in the attached candidate pack. This will consist of shortlisting against the essential and desirable person specification criteria stated. If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to the final selection stage consisting of a behaviours-based interview.
In the event of receiving a large number of applications an initial sift may take place on just the identified lead criteria indicated below:
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We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within our organisation at this level. All appointments are made on merit.
We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.
Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached terms and conditions statement.
Sift: 22/23 April 2021
Interview: Week commencing 10 May 2021 to be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
Further information on nationality requirements
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The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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