Software Developer

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 4th September 2022



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£37,350 (National) per annum, £40,350 (London) per annum. Pro-rata for part-time working


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Openness, Data & Digital - Data

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Part-time, Compressed Hours

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. Travel across the UK will be required on an occasional basis, possibly with overnight stays.


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.

Job description

Working across the broad spectrum of food and feed safety issues that impact consumers and businesses alike, the FSA is always seeking to utilise the very best opportunities that new technologies afford us.

We are looking for a Software Developer to join our Data team and contribute to the development and continuous improvement of the FSA’s digital services.

You will be involved in the full development lifecycle – from engaging stakeholders to understand their needs and concerns, through to planning, prototyping, developing and testing solutions, ensuring the produced code is high-quality, and the applications are robust and resilient.

You will work in a supportive, multi-disciplinary team and gain experience in a wide range of technologies including JavaScript, C#, python and Azure.

Key projects are likely to include working on FSA flagship services, such as and Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme (FHRS) as well as being involved in the internal projects, API development and productionalising solutions.

Organisational skills will be paramount as you seek to manage various different priorities. You’ll also need to communicate effectively with colleagues, stakeholders and supplier alike to deliver end to end digital services, ensuring they meet the requirements.

If you are a talented Software Developer who is excited by the opportunity to support the Agency’s vital work by providing colleagues with the tools they need to get the job done well, apply for this exciting position today.

If you wish to discuss the role in more detail please contact


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:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Lead Criteria Experience of having designed, developed or improved programs or scripts (at medium complexity)
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, Experience and Technical skills.

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 and an unseen technical presentation.

In the event of receiving a large number of applications we may close the advert early.

In the event of receiving a large number of applications an initial sift may take place on just the identified lead criteria indicated below:

Lead Criteria 1:

·         Experience of having designed, developed or improved programs or scripts (at medium complexity) involving the use of at least 3 of the following:

o   High-level programming language, such as C#, PHP, Python, JavaScript or similar

o   SQL databases, such as MSSQL or PostgreSQL

o   Consuming web APIs

o   Source version controlling on GitHub or similar

o   Automated testing frameworks

o   Familiarity with cloud environments, such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud.

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.

Please note if the successful candidate does not meet the minimum SEO level required we may offer a HEO Software Developer opportunity instead. Pay scale for the HEO level: £30,350 (National) £32,350 (London).

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 : Anna Nikiel
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

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