Research Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 3rd July 2022



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


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Science, Evidence & Research - Science Strategy, Capability and Research Unit, Strategic Research Team

Type of role

Communications / Marketing

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Compressed Hours

Number of posts



Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, 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 will be required on an occasional basis, possibly with overnight stays.


The FSA is a non-ministerial department of over 1300 people. Having left the EU, we play a critical role in protecting public health and consumers’ wider interests in food across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our vision is an important one - to drive change, delivering “food you can trust” and working towards a healthier and more sustainable food system.

Job description

The use of science has always been central to the Food Standards Agency’s mission, and our expert science, evidence and research underpins and supports our work, including risk assessment, risk management and delivery processes for controls on food hygiene, animal feed and foodborne diseases.

The generation of independent, expert advice is critical to us remaining a trusted regulator. Within the FSA, the Science, Evidence and Research Division (SERD) has overall responsibility for delivering this. The Division’s mission is to provide expert risk assessment, and other scientific/socio-economic evidence and advice. This is done using a team of over 130 experts within SERD, as well as engaging with external experts through our science committees, independent experts, and our strategic and applied research programmes.

Coordinating these engagements and developing strategic partnerships that can continue to help the FSA deliver on our scientific ambitions, you will play a key role in the success of the wider department.

A keen believer in the importance of science in guiding our work and strategy, you will seek to champion the integration of science across the FSA, improving the impact of the department, ensuring science is communicated and used effectively, and is available to others who can re-use it and add value.

You will engage with colleagues across the organisation as well as external stakeholders from across government, academia and the wider industry. Seeking to build strategic partnerships that strengthen our ability to deliver impactful science, you will serve as an important representative for the FSA, and ultimately seek to ensure that we are positioned to do the best work possible.

Communication will be central to your success in this role, which will be supported by a Scientific Engagement and Communication Officer, who you will provide direct line management to. If you are experienced at bringing people together to achieve greater goals and are passionate about the use of science to inform and guide policy, don’t hesitate to apply.


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.


A degree or equivalent experience in a relevant scientific or communications discipline.


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.


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 behaviours -based interview and seen presentation.

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 and delivering multi-channel stakeholder communication and engagement activities

Lead Criteria: In the event we receive a large number of applications, the minimum pass mark for the Lead Criteria may be raised at shortlisting stage. Candidates who apply under the DCS, GPTW or RIS schemes and meet the minimum requirements will be unaffected by the pass mark raise.

The FSA is dedicated to a policy of equal opportunity for all. Being truly reflective of our society and building a culture where everyone can perform at their best is critical to the work of the FSA. We are looking to recruit from the widest possible talent pool and encourage candidates to apply from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer and are committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment and selection process and beyond. All appointments are made on merit.

Please be assured that diversity or socio–economic information requested during the course of your application plays absolutely no part in our selection processes and is not seen by anyone assessing applications. Any information provided is anonymised and used for statistical purposes only.

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.

Please note - if applying on a job-share basis, the expectation is that you are already in an established job-share partnership.

Sift: W/C 4th July 2022
Interviews: W/C 11th July 2022

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

Please note that the interview date may be 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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Erica Pufall
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Further information

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