Senior Policy Officer

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 26th September 2021


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£37,350 (National) per annum (pro rata for part-time working), £40,350 (London) per annum (pro rata for part-time working).


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Regulatory Compliance - Regulatory Standards and Industry Assurance Team

Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Compressed Hours

Number of posts



Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London or York), or home based in the UK. Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas. Travel across the UK maybe required on an occasional basis, possibly with overnight stays.

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”. Our primary goal is to continue to protect public health and consumers’ wider interest in food. As we have now exited the EU the FSA faces a significant period of change and activity.

Ensuring that Britain’s food is safe is no mean feat. The FSA is constantly working to maintain the high regulatory standards that allow consumers to feel protected when they buy and eat food. These regulations need to be constantly monitored in order to ensure that they are being upheld by the many food business operators (FBOs) up and down the country. A series of checks and processes are in place, with these delivered by the FSA itself, other delivery partners on behalf of the FSA and local and port health authorities.

The FSA’s Regulatory Compliance division oversees these checks, ensuring that regulations are met, and that businesses across England are held to the same standards. To this end, the Agency is hiring a Senior Policy Officer with front line experience of the delivery of official controls, who will focus primarily on the implementation of the Competency Framework for those individuals engaged in providing assurance that food/feed business operators are meeting their legal obligations – (including the FSA’s own staff delivering controls and local and port health authority officers and professionals from private enterprises offering assurance services) and the use of regulatory approaches based on industry’s own assurance data and processes.

Job description

Working as either the lead or support on agreed work packages within the Competency Framework workstream, including developing, implementing and evaluating a process for the assessment and authorisation of individuals as competent. They will also lead or support work packages which are part of the ABC Programme, particularly Primary Authority and Food Safety Culture.

Covering a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, the post holder will need to be a strong communicator who can build relationships to enable the delivery of objectives and better develop processes for the future, while working at pace. Their front-line experience of the delivery of food and/or feed official controls will enable them to bring knowledge and expertise to the role, offering their insights to colleagues as needed.

Candidates who have experience of developing policy and/or data sets and using that information to reach balanced and effective decisions, and are adept at ‘Seeing the Big Picture’ - recognising how different decisions will impact the wider work of the FSA - are encouraged to apply for this exciting position that will play an important role in keeping Britain’s food safe.


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:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace


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 person specification criteria stated. If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to the final selection stage consisting of an experience/technical/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:
• Experience of developing policy and/or data sets, analysing complex information to reach balanced decisions.

The FSA is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. 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.

Any move to the Food Standards Agency from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare.
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A reserve list will be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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 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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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Samantha Hannah
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Further information

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