People Systems and Data Officer

Food Standards Agency

Closing date: 24 Sep 2017

Reference number



£27,523 to £31,058 (National) - £30,351 to £35,350 (London)- Salary Dependent on location


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Permanent, Fixed Term Contract, loan or secondment ( 12 Months)

Business area

Other - People & Organisational Change

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share


37 Hrs per week

Number of posts



The FSA supports a wide range of working patterns, and subject to business needs this can include home-based or working from one of our offices based in London, Cardiff, Belfast and York.

About the job

Job description

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is on the brink of an extraordinary period of evolution and activity. We’re looking for an energetic and motivated person to join us at this exciting time, and help ensure we have the capability we need to deliver our priorities.
As a People System and Data Officer, you will play a vital role in the Business Services Team, (part of People and Organisational Change). Reporting to the Business Services Manager, you’ll support the People and Organisational Change Team by working closely with colleagues across the whole of the FSA and the government HR function.

You’ll achieve this by supporting the successful delivery of the people strategy by ensuring accurate performance data and management information is provided.

You’ll ensure that the HR and Recruitment systems are fit for purpose and performing at the required standard, leading on system improvements and configuration changes

The Food Standards Agency is a non-ministerial department of 1050 people, with a big vision – to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food we can trust”.

This exciting opportunity offers the right person a chance to make a genuine difference within the agency, through optimal use of system functionality by supporting the business with process and data analysis and recommendations.

We support a wide range of working patterns, and our members either work out of our York offices or are home-based – however, we also have offices in London, Cardiff and Belfast.

Person specification

With substantial and demonstrable experience of working with i-Trent or other HR/recruitment system databases, knowledge of Business Objects and advanced Microsoft excel skills, including pivot tables and data manipulation, with excellent attention to detail. You’ll be confident engaging with colleagues and stakeholders at every level with the ability to present data in a logical and understandable way to others. Your experience of working in a fast-paced environment gives you the flexibility and personal resilience to balance the sometimes-conflicting demands of fluctuating priorities.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Changing and improving
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering value for money

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


We offer excellent benefits, including a generous holiday entitlement, an attractive pension scheme, flexi-time and flexible working.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Subject to the volume of responses we may conduct a prelimary sift based on the lead competences (Seeing the big picture and Changing and Improving), followed by a competency based interview.

We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.

Want to find out more? Then please take a look at the attached job description which details the key responsibilities.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Interested parties are welcome to contact Lynn Cockerill

Sift/interview dates and location

We aim to do the initial sift week commencing 25th September, and conduct interviews in York during the week commencing 9th October.

Further information

Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

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