Trainee Official Auxiliary – North of England x 5

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 4th October 2021


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£22,264 increasing to £24,466 upon successful completion of training


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Operational delivery - Operations

Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern


Number of posts



Site-Based at one of the following plants: N2 – Woodheads 4471, BB8 8LH (1 x position) N3 – Karro Foods 2060, YO17 9HG (3 Positions) N4 – Pickstocks (Ashby) 4786, DE11 7AT (1 x position) This vacancy is in conjunction with campaigns Trainee Official Auxiliary (Wales and West) and Trainee Official Auxiliary (East). In total we are recruiting for 18 posts. We are looking to appoint the following numbers: - North: 5 - Wales and West: 4 - East: 9 The above numbers are subject to change dependent on the number of successful candidates at interview and business needs. If we are unable to fill all the positions in one region, we could appoint more than the numbers listed above in another region. Please note - to be considered for another region you will need to put in a separate application (please confirm in your application if you are applying for another region, please insert your application ID reference if possible). Regular travel will be required during your initial training period.

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”. As we have now exited the EU the FSA faces a significant period of change and activity.

Job description

The heart of the FSA’s mission is to deliver “food we can trust” and having left the EU and spent a year facing up to the impact of Covid-19, it is more vital than ever that every precaution is taken to ensure the food on Britain’s plates is safe to eat, and exactly what it says it is.

Our meat production systems in abattoirs are one of the vital points of contact between the FSA and the food industry and represent an important on-the-ground part of our work. By ensuring high standards of animal welfare, quality control and workplace best practice are adhered to, we can make an active and ongoing difference in both the quality of the meat that reaches our plates but also the reputation that our nation and its food exports have on the global markets. The work the FSA does in abattoirs and food processing plants across the country each day has impact far beyond those factory walls.

Our Official Auxiliaries are vital parts of this process, delivering these standards through a number of means. These will include the performance of ante- and post-mortem inspections of animals, unannounced inspections on working practices across your dedicated site, the collecting and dispatching of samples for offsite analysis and communication with both FSA team members and onsite staff to create the safest and healthiest factory environment.

This is a trainee position, and the roles on offer will allow successful candidates to train on the job to achieve both the RSPH Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection and the Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection.

Successful candidates will be driven individuals who are able to maintain focus on repetitive tasks. They will be comfortable working in a loud factory environment with early start times, working a core 37 hrs each week with an option to be deployed on a 5, 4 or 3- day working pattern based on business demand and operational requirements of the base plant allocated. Candidates will have strong communication skills that will allow them to talk with onsite staff across company hierarchies to influence and guide decision making as part of the FSA team. A sharp attention to detail is required for this role, and as such we can regrettably only consider those with normal colour vision (trichromacy) for this role.

With on-the-job training, and plenty of opportunities for progression in the FSA, the Trainee Official Auxiliary gives successful candidates a strong first step for those seeking to build a career around keeping Britain’s food safe for all.


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.

Please see guidance documents attached to vacancy for help on submitting a suitability statement and how to address Behaviour-based questions at interview.


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

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions


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:
• Evidence of prioritising work and dealing with emerging incidents in collaboration with technical and managerial colleagues

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 :  Gary Manifold
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