Head of Animal Welfare and Delivery Assurance

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 31st October 2021


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£60,300 (National) per annum, £64,300 (London) per annum.


Grade 6

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Operational delivery - Operational Assurance and Transformation

Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Operational Delivery
Project Delivery
Senior leadership

Working pattern


Number of posts



Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, 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. The job will involve some travel, particularly between FSA York and London offices, but also meetings with OGDs, industry, and other interested external stakeholders (with the possibility of overnight stays).

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”. 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 is focused on delivering food that is safe and is what it says it is. But our concerns are not limited strictly to the health and wellbeing of the public. Our duty as a regulator is also to those animals that enter our food chain, either to be consumed as food or farmed for their products. We are strongly committed to ensuring that these animals are offered high standards of welfare, and this exciting and vital role as Head of Animal Welfare Delivery Assurance plays a key part in ensuring this happens.

Working as an indispensable member of the Operations Assurance and Transformation (OAT) management team, the post holder will provide leadership for three teams whilst also offering wider strategic leadership within the division.

Job description

This role is a very exciting mix of strategy, policy, operational delivery and assurance, and change management.

The successful candidate will lead the successful delivery of the “Deter, Prevent, Detect, Enforce” animal welfare programme and be accountable for developing the FSA’s strategy to improve animal welfare, working hand in hand with our Field Operations division and closely aligning with the Operations Transformation Programme (OTP) in terms of modernisation. They will lead negotiations with Defra and Ministers regarding the Agency’s input into policy concerns, as well as those with the industry itself, ensuring that food is safe, and the FSA remains a trusted regulator. Communication is key to the success of the FSA in its animal welfare duties, from inter-departmental collaboration to the leadership of our fantastic teams and the handling of media and parliamentary activity around the field. This work is very important to the FSA and carries a high profile with government and consumers alike.

Candidates will be able to balance the three core duties of the role. Alongside delivering the animal welfare programme, they will also will lead the performance management and oversight of our major operational contracts and suppliers, as well as Service Level Agreements we have in place to deliver operational outcomes on behalf of other government departments and lead our central Operations delivery assurance and performance function.

The successful candidate will be an effective communicator and leader alike, capable of working alongside their teams to ensure the very highest of standards are reached.. If you feel you are capable of leading this work, and are enthused by the challenges ahead, 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.


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

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving


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.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Sift: W/C 01 November 2021
Interviews: W/C 15 November 2021

Please note that the interview date maybe subject to change.

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

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 an experience/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:

• Proven leadership experience within a complex operational environment, driving significant improvements to process, ways of working and outcomes.

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.
Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

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.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Richard Wynn-Davies
Email :  richard.wynn-davies@food.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email :  hr.recruitment.campaigns@food.gov.uk

Further information

If you wish to raise a complaint then please email hr.recruitment.campaigns@food.gov.uk in the first instance.

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