Food Standards Agency
Office based; multi-location; home based in the UK. Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London, York. Occasional travel may be required with the possibility of overnight stays Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas.
About the job
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.
An exciting opportunity has arisen in our Regulatory Compliance Division to lead a team to develop and implement a data driven approach to gaining assurance on the performance of local authorities and other bodies in delivering the checks and controls (official controls – inspections, audits, sampling etc) needed to ensure that food businesses are complying with food safety law.
If successful, you will be leading a team to help develop a forward-thinking approach to accessing and analysing data on all aspects of official control delivery by local authorities and other bodies to gain assurance that standards set by the FSA are being met and identify where this is not the case.
You will also be involved in establishing and implementing a programme of engagement with local authorities and other bodies to agree and monitor actions needed to secure performance improvements and to share identified good practice. In addition you will be involved in reporting and publication of performance data to ensure transparency; and developing appropriate mechanisms for ensuring that data and intelligence is used to inform ongoing review of the standards set for official control delivery and wider delivery policy.
We would love for someone to join the team who can challenge the accepted way of doing things, asking pertinent questions and coming up with fresh ideas to introduce more efficient and effective approaches. Someone who thinks strategically and sees the bigger picture, and someone who works well with others, inspiring them and getting their buy in to deliver a shared vision. If that’s you, then please do submit an application!
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
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 and presentation.
In the event of receiving a large number of applications an initial sift may take place on just the identified lead criteria indicated below:
• Proven track record of project/programme or policy development, management and delivery within a complex environment and to challenging timescales
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.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to the UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals.
From 1 January 2021 this job is broadly open to the following groups:
Further information on nationality requirements
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