Various jobs in the FSA regulatory and international unit.

Food Standards Agency

Closing date: 21 Jul 2017

Reference number



£35,700-£44,000 for London - £32,800-£41,000 for National


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Regulatory and Legal Strategy Directorate - Imports and Exports

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share


37 Hrs per week

Number of posts



Various – see job descriptions for details

About the job

Job description

The FSA’s international unit is recruiting, with a range of roles available across international strategy, EU exit and imports/exports.

The UK decision to leave the EU has big impacts for the FSA, and we’re working hard to make sure we’re ready and that UK food will still be safe and what it says it is. We’re looking for people to come and work with us on the full range of our international activity, helping us build new relationships around the world and prepare for life outside the EU.

There are five posts available, see the job description below
Sectoral and industry analysis. We’re looking for someone to look at the possible food impacts of EU exit, and make sure that the FSA is preparing accordingly. This will include looking at individual products and their journeys through the food chain to identify how they might change as a result of leaving the EU. It will also mean looking at the big picture for the future of the food system (potential trade flows, agricultural subsidy patterns, etc.) to work out what these could mean for the FSA’s operations in the future.

EU exit co-ordination (2 vacancies). These are important co-ordination jobs, working at the centre of the FSA’s EU exit preparations. Working with people across the FSA you’ll be checking that the full range of FSA interests and views are being incorporated into our preparations for leaving the EU. You will build relationships with other government departments so food safety and authenticity have the prominence they deserve in wider government EU exit planning.

EU and International strategy. This job is about helping to develop a strategy for how the FSA will work with other countries and international institutions in the future. The FSA has good relationships and a good reputation at present and we want to build on these. This reflects the fact that food safety issues are common across many countries and that working with and learning from others can be extremely beneficial for all concerned.

Imports and exports programme manager. Leaving the EU has the potential to mean big changes for how we control the food that enters and leaves the UK. This job will involve working with the range of people involved in food imports and exports (ports, local authorities, other government departments, industry, consumer groups) to develop solutions so that food consumed or produced in the UK is as safe as ever

Candidates will be asked at interview if they have a preference for any of the posts being advertised.

The Food Standards Agency is a non-ministerial department of 1050 people, with a big vision – to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food we can trust”.

It’s our job to use our expertise and influence so that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest. Our work touches everyone because everyone eats and the challenges around ensuring food safety are increasingly complex. The FSA conducts a range of policy and operational activity across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to protect consumers.

The food industry is becoming increasingly globalised so we need to work with other countries and international organisations to tackle risks along the food chain. Making sure that we can continue to benefit from international cooperation on food safety as we leave the EU is a key challenge for the FSA, and these new posts sit within a group of teams responsible for meeting that challenge (the Regulatory and International Unit). Within the Unit, staff members are deployed flexibly.

The FSA supports a wide range of working patterns, and its members are either home-based or work in or out of our London, Cardiff, Belfast and York offices. The FSA’s Our Ways of Working (OWOW) programme offers flexibility in a range of areas including home working, no core hours and flexi time. See the individual job descriptions for the arrangements available for each job. The FSA will be moving from Aviation House to Clive House in 2018.

In order to attract and keep the best people, we’re changing our whole approach to talent and capability within the FSA. Our focus will be on holding on-going career conversations, and enabling development for all by building a supportive environment where positive values and behaviours are acknowledged and reinforced, and opportunities are available for those who want them. In addition to our wide portfolio of cross-departmental development programmes, we’re also developing in-house programmes specifically tailored to our own staff.

Want to find out more? Then please take a look at the attached job description which details the key responsibilities

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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Changing and improving
  • Making effective decisions
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


We offer excellent benefits, including a generous holiday entitlement, an attractive pension scheme, flexi-time and flexible working.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Subject to the volume of responses we may conduct a preliminary sift based on the lead competences of Leading and Communicating and Seeing the big picture.

We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.

If you would like to be considered for these exciting roles please also take a look through the additional documents which will help you put together your application. We look forward to hearing from you

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

General enquiries:

For enquiries relating to specific posts, please refer to line manager details in the job description attached.

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is planned for 24 July and interviews for 31 July and 4 August.

Further information

Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

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