Senior Regulated Products Risk Assessor

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 2nd April 2023



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£37,724 - £40,754
SEO: £37,724 (National) £40,754 (London) Salary will be pro rata for part time working or as part of a job share partnership. If applying on a job-share basis, the expectation is that you are already in an established job-share partnership. Due to the nature of the role we are unable to consider requests for part time working of less than 30 hours per week.

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Information and Science

Type of role

Risk Management

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed Hours

Number of jobs available



Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Cardiff 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.

Job summary

The FSA is a non-ministerial department of over 1400 people. Having left the EU, we play a critical role in protecting public health and consumers’ wider interests in food across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our vision is an important one - to drive change, delivering “food you can trust” and working towards a healthier and more sustainable food system.

Job description

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking for a Senior Regulated Risk Assessor who can help us deliver ‘food you can trust’ to consumers across the country. We all eat, every day, and the work that the FSA does ensures that our food is safe, what it says it is, and increasingly healthy and more sustainable.

The Regulated Products Risk Assessment team carries out important work to make sure that new products and packaging techniques are safe. Their work touches on a wide variety of areas including food innovations such as cultured meat, and the additives in our animal feed.

Working closely with colleagues from across the FSA and a wide range of other stakeholders, you will seek to provide valuable insight and guidance that will help us continue to deliver on our challenging remit. You’ll offer high quality scientific analysis and lead a small team of risk assessors, working to support high level risk assessment alongside personal development for both you and your team.

You’ll be a strong leader who can guide a team to deliver high-quality results, while being equally comfortable collaborating with experts and colleagues from a range of external stakeholders.

If you are excited by an opportunity to use your analytical skills to help protect consumers across the country and can support those around you as they seek to do the same, do not hesitate to apply for the Senior Regulated Products Risk Assessor role.

Person specification

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:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. food science, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology) and/or equivalent understanding of the scientific issues associated with regulated products.
Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached Terms and Conditions statement.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), 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 an application shortlisting against the essential person specification criteria stated.

Lead Criteria

An initial sift may take place on just the identified Lead Criteria indicated below:

·         Experience of leading a group to achieve successful delivery of an outcome. (lead criteria)

In the event that we receive a large number of applications, the minimum pass mark for the Lead Criteria may be raised at shortlisting stage. Candidates who apply under the DCS, GPTW or RIS schemes and meet the minimum requirements will be unaffected by the pass mark raise.

If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to a final interview in which we will assess you against the following Civil Service Behaviours (Level 3).


·         Making Effective Decisions (Seen Presentation)

·         Leadership

·         Delivering at Pace

·         Working Together

As part of the interview process, you will be asked to prepare a seen presentation. Further information will be provided to you on the day / invite to interview email.


Advert closes: 2nd April 2023

Sift: Expected to take place W/C 10th April 2023

Final panel interview: Expected to take place W/C 17th April 2023

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams. (If you do not have the Microsoft Teams application installed on your computer, you can join on the web without installing the application.)

Please note that indicated dates may be subject to change.

We will be holding virtual Eventbrite sessions and would love you to join us whilst we discuss the vacancy further and answer any questions you may have regarding this recruitment. Please note these sessions will also be covering our other opportunity – Senior Toxicological Risk Assessor (ref number 275293 )

Monday 20th March 2023 – 14:00 – 15:00 -  

Friday 24th March 2023 – 11:00 – 12:00 -

Thursday 30th March – 12:30 – 13:30 -

The FSA is dedicated to a policy of equal opportunity for all.

Being truly reflective of our society and building a culture where everyone can perform at their best is critical to the work of the FSA. We are looking to recruit from the widest possible talent pool and encourage candidates to apply from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer and are committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment and selection process and beyond. All appointments are made on merit.

Please be assured that diversity or socio–economic information requested during the course of your application plays absolutely no part in our selection processes and is not seen by anyone assessing applications.  Any information provided is anonymised and used for statistical purposes only.

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

Childcare Vouchers

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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Reserve List

A reserve list will be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

Candidates that do not pass the interview, but have demonstrated an acceptable standard may be considered for similar roles at a lower grade.

Visa Sponsorship

Please note that the FSA does not hold a licence to sponsor any visa applications.

Regrettably we are unable to refund travel costs if candidates attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

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


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

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) (opens in a new window)
  • 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 (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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 (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Ruth Willis
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

  • Email :

Further information

If you wish to raise a complaint then please email in the first instance.

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