Field Veterinary Coordinator (North)

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 24th July 2022



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£37,350 (National) per annum


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Operational delivery - Field Operations

Type of role

Operational Delivery
Veterinary Services

Working pattern


Number of posts



Home Based with regular travel across the North of England (N3). You will be required to travel to multiple locations throughout this region. You will need to live within a distance of 60 miles or 90 minutes by road (one way) commuting of N3. Overnight stays and occasional work outside normal working hours (including night-time and weekend) will form an essential part of the role. Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas.


Are you someone with excellent leadership skills?

Do you have a veterinary degree, and want your work to have a real life impact on people across the UK?

If so, this is an exciting opportunity to join the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as a Field Veterinary Coordinator, and we’d love to hear from you.

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.

One of the key functions of the FSA is the work done in slaughterhouses and meat processing plants across the country to ensure that food reaching British tables remains safe for all. Shaping and guiding the practices of food business operators (FBOs) through the delivery of official controls, the Agency carries out a range of duties within these properties.

The FSA’s work in slaughterhouses is about more than the quality of food consumers have access to in the UK. The Agency also plays a vital role in ensuring the wellbeing of the animals that enter our food system, ensuring that they are healthy and looked after.

Job description

The Field Veterinary Coordinator plays a key role in this process, providing expertise that supports our work across a number of different food businesses. The FSA has an opening for this position working across the North of England, offering technical advice to those delivering official controls on the Agency’s behalf. Bringing together our workers in the field, the coordinator helps to ensure that the FSA achieves consistency and coherence in their work with FBOs.

The role can be challenging, and the successful candidate will be confident defending difficult decisions to FBOs that may strongly disagree with their conclusions. But this position offers an opportunity for talented veterinarians to make a direct and positive impact upon the lives of thousands of animals within our food system, whilst also supporting the FSA’s efforts to protect public health and ensure food is safe for all.

As well as being accountable for the provision of front-line veterinary support, the post holder will work to support the ongoing modernisation and changes that are happening across our field operations units. The evolving demands of the industry means that the FSA must continuously adapt in order to ensure their work continues to deliver against our high standards, and the post holder will play a pivotal role in ensuring our on-the-ground teams adapt to new processes.

By providing guidance to the frontline staff carrying out official controls on the Agency’s behalf, the work of the Field Veterinary Coordinator offers a rare chance to make a widespread and tangible difference in the quality of food in the UK. If you are excited by this opportunity, and are capable of working at pace to deliver strong and sensible decisions that you will be proud to defend, apply today with this important role within the FSA.


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


• Veterinary Degree
• Official Veterinarian designation (red and/or white meat)


Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Ability to understand and apply veterinary risk assessment
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.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
How to apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Full details of the selection process are detailed in the attached candidate pack.

For your CV and personal statement, please provide detailed evidence of your:

• Experience of professional veterinary knowledge and capability relating to meat hygiene and inspection;
• Experience of demonstrating strong leadership skills;
• Experience of food hygiene, animal welfare and/or food/feed law enforcement

The selection process will consist of shortlisting against the above essential criteria, and if successful you will be invited to the final selection stage consisting of a behaviour-based interview.

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.

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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.

Sift: week commencing 25th July 2022

Interviews: week commencing 8th August 2022

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

Please note that the interview date maybe 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 : Jose Ruiz
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Recruitment team :

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Further information

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