Senior Policy Advisor (Hygiene)

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 28th October 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 - Northern Ireland - Local Authority Policy and Delivery

Type of role


Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time, 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. There may be an occasional requirement to travel away from your normal place of work, with the potential for 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.

This is a fascinating time to work on the development of policy at the Agency. The food landscape of the UK is changing, impacted by a wide variety of factors from the EU exit to the continually evolving role of new technologies. It is important that the FSA’s work reflects these changes, and that food policy is built in such a way that the public continues to be protected, whilst also maintaining their ability to choose what they eat, knowing it will be safe to consume.

Our Senior Policy Advisers are positioned to lead on this development process, working to provide risk management and policy decisions. Offering a point of communication for stakeholders both internally and externally, ensuring the delivery of new policies is understood and possible for all relevant parties.

Job description

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Senior Policy Advisor in the FSA Northern Ireland, focussing on Hygiene. The post holder will have the opportunity to impact food safety in both Northern Ireland and the wider UK.

As well as leading on the development and implementation of policies, the post holder will work strategically with colleagues in NI to connect their work with the Agency’s priorities, as well as aiding the Agency and other government departments in their alignment of food hygiene legislation with the pressing elements including the EU exit and NI protocol.

This will be a varied and fascinating role that will be best carried out by someone who is deeply collaborative and an excellent communicator. If you are able to understand the bigger picture, and help those around you see how their work connects to bring a larger goal to fruition, this is a fantastic opportunity to use your skills to impact public health in a very real and tangible way.


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
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


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 an experience/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 or implementing policy within the food regulatory landscape.

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. Part-time (no less than 30 hours per week) and established job share candidates are welcome to apply. 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 03 November 2021
Interviews: W/C 15 November 2021

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 :  Louise Connolly
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information

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