Field Veterinary Leader (Wales and West) x 2

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 27th October 2021


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£51,300 (National) per annum.


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Operational delivery - Field Operations

Type of role

Operational Delivery
Veterinary Services

Working pattern


Number of posts



Homebased – covering a large geographical area in Wales and West Region (please see map attached to the advert). Applicants will be required to reside within 60 miles / 90 minutes travelling of their working area. Regular travel will be required within your working area. Occasional other travel may also be required within the region. Overnight stays and occasional work outside normal working hours (including night-time and weekend) will form an essential part of the role.

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.

One of the key functions of the FSA is the work done in slaughterhouses and meat processing plants across the country to ensure that food reaching British tables remains safe for all. Shaping and guiding the practices of food business operators (FBOs) through the delivery of official controls, the Agency carries out a range of duties within these properties.

The FSA’s work in slaughterhouses is about more than the quality of food consumers have access to in the UK. The Agency also plays a vital role in ensuring the wellbeing of the animals that enter our food system, ensuring that they are healthy and looked after.

Job description

We have two Field Veterinary Leader posts we are trying to fill in the Wales and West of England. The Field Veterinary Leader plays a key role in this process, providing expertise and leadership to the Veterinary Coordinators and enabling them to do their best work by offering advice, support and technical training. The FSA has an opening for this position working across Wales and the West of England, offering line management and direction to those delivering official controls on the Agency’s behalf. Shaping the work of our front-line staff in the field, the Field Veterinary Leader helps to ensure that the FSA achieves consistency and coherence in their work with FBOs.

The role can be challenging, and the successful candidate will seek to ensure standards across the UK are met and maintained, allowing the public to have confidence in the food on their tables. This position offers an opportunity for talented veterinarians to make a direct and positive impact upon the lives of thousands of animals within our food system, whilst also supporting the FSA’s efforts to protect public health and ensure food is safe for all. By providing leadership to those carrying out official controls on the Agency’s behalf, the work of the Field Veterinary Leader offers a rare chance to make a widespread and tangible difference in the quality of food in the UK.

If you are excited by this opportunity and are capable of working at pace to deliver strong and sensible decisions that you will be proud to defend, apply today with this important role within the FSA.


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.


Full UK Driving Licence


Veterinary degree aligned to the Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service


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.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

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:

• Experience of food hygiene or food / feed law enforcement and auditing

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 of up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

Sift: from 28/10/21
Interviews: w/c 11/11/21

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

Please note that the interview date maybe subject to change.

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 :  Christopher Jones
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information

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