Field Veterinary Coordinator (North)
Food Standards Agency
Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 24th July 2022
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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.
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.
• Official Veterinarian designation (red and/or white meat)
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Delivering at Pace
- Working Together
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Ability to understand and apply veterinary risk assessment
Selection process details
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.
Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
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.
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