Veterinary Internal Auditor

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 29th September 2022



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£37,724 (National) per annum £40,754 (London) per annum


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Regulatory Compliance - Delivery Assurance Unit

Type of role

Veterinary Services

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking

Number of posts



Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, 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 Food Standards Agency (FSA) is a small government department with a big remit: to ensure that food is safe, that it is what it says it is, and that it is healthier and more sustainable. We work hard to hold food produced in the UK to high standards, so that we can retain and grow our reputation as a robust and trustworthy regulator.

We take this job very seriously - working hard to ensure not only that food business operators meet the high standards our policies set, but also that our own teams deliver a robust and effective service that supports our mission.

Our veterinary internal auditors are a key part of this process, providing oversight to our delivery of official food and feed controls, and ensuring that our policies are up to standard, and consistently adhered to.



Job description

We are looking for a veterinary internal auditor to join our team and carry out audits of official controls delivered by FSA officials and representatives in food businesses where the FSA acts as the competent authority. You’ll also reviews of the audit process undertaken by the FSA and its delivery partners. You’ll highlight areas that can be improved, inform the development of policies that will allow us to better fulfil our role, and work with stakeholders to implement these policies effectively.

The successful candidate will be able to present and promote the FSA’s priorities to a range of stakeholders, helping to keep food safe for consumers across the UK. The impact of your work will be tangible, as you work alongside the FSA’s local teams to meet targets and inform the development of policy through your findings and reports.

We are looking for decisive and focused individuals who are passionate about the chance to positively affect the quality of the food we eat as a nation. You’ll be a strong communicator with strong interpersonal skills, able to share ideas with colleagues from a range of backgrounds. If you are looking for the opportunity to do work that matters for a progressive and respected government department and can bring your own high standards and keen eye to the role, we look forward to your application.


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


• Fully qualified Official Veterinary Surgeon (OVS) in Red Meat, White Meat and/or Meat Products

• Training in HACCP level 3

• A qualification or training in auditing e.g. Quality Assurance Management, ISO Lead Assessor course or HACCP auditing, IRCA Registration.


A member of the Royal College Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) who holds Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary)


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • 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 a behaviours based interview.

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.



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 : Andrew Gangakhedkar
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

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