Veterinary Enforcement Delivery Manager

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 10th April 2023



Reference number



£51,813 (National) £55,853 (London)

Job grade

Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Operations - Field Operations

Type of role

Operational Delivery
Veterinary Services

Working pattern


Number of jobs available



Home based with National coverage as required. Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas. Some travel to key meetings and events, with occasional overnight stays.

Job summary

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.

The FSA’s Field Operations teams carry out important work across the country, ensuring that the food produced in the UK is safe to eat, and that it is what it says it is, as well as working hard to ensure the welfare of animals entering our food systems. In order to ensure that the decisions we make in this area are of the highest standard, we take our advice from Official Veterinarians working within our organisation.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Enforcement Delivery Manager who will play a vital role in ensuring that the FSA makes impactful, positive decisions to protect food in the UK. Working closely with our veterinarians, the successful candidate will personally take important decisions based on the recommendations provided, supporting local management teams at premises across Wales and the North, East and West of England.

The team covers from 6am to 6pm in shifts:

- 6am to 2pm
- 8am to 4pm
- 10am to 6pm

The successful candidate will rotate on those shifts.

Job description

As the FSA is taking more direct responsibility for enforcement decisions made in approved meat establishment in England and Wales, the post holder will support the processes that enable our veterinarians to lead our enforcement decisions. They will need to be able to communicate clearly and proactively with colleagues across the food system, offering effective decision making, quality leadership and input into a wide range of areas from witness statements to influential feedback for our contract management teams.

Keeping on top of the latest legal thinking, the successful candidate will provide both a source of expertise in enforcement to colleagues across the FSA, and vital feedback and insight that will shape the way we as an agency deliver our enforcement decisions and processes.

The post holder will be a reliable leader who will champion the prompt and professional handling of enforcement-related paperwork, with responsibility for the handling and storage of data in their team. In this, and the other areas of their work, they will set an example and lead their colleagues in providing consistent and effective service whilst developing performances, capabilities and career opportunities for their colleagues.

If you are an experienced and influential leader with a strong veterinary background and the ability to make effective decisions that will impact the lives of consumers and the animals in our food system alike, apply today for this fantastic opportunity to make a tangible impact as part of the FSA.

Person specification

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.


Veterinary Degree
Qualification as an Official Veterinarian


Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached Terms and Conditions statement.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Full details of the selection process are detailed in the attached candidate pack.  This will consist of an application shortlisting against the essential person specification criteria stated.

If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to a final interview in which we will assess you against the following Experience requirements of the role and Civil Service Behaviours (Level 4).


  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together


  • Experience of food hygiene or food/feed law and proven experience on enforcement delivery

As part of the interview process, you will be asked to prepare a seen presentation. Further information will be provided to you in the invite to interview email.

Advert closes: 10/04/23
Sift: Expected to take place from 12/04/23
Final panel interview: Expected to take place from 24/04/23

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

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.

Childcare Vouchers
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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Reserve List
A reserve list will be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made. Candidates that do not pass the interview, but have demonstrated an acceptable standard may be considered for similar roles at a lower grade.

Visa Sponsorship
Please note that the FSA does not hold a licence to sponsor any visa applications.

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


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

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) (opens in a new window)
  • 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
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Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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 (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Ruth Moreno
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

If you wish to raise a complaint then please email in the first instance.

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