Operational Policy Manager

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 14th August 2022



Reference number



£37,350 (National) per annum £40,350 (London) per annum


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Regulatory Compliance - Official Feed and Food Controls Frameworks Team, Regulatory Compliance Division

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking

Number of posts



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

One of the most prominent undertakings of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is our work to ensure the safety of food and feed in the UK through our application of Official Controls. Our partners at Local Authorities throughout the country carry out checks on food businesses to make sure that owners are maintaining the standards required by law. The Regulatory Compliance Division (RCD) works to support those carrying out these controls, ensuring that we maintain high standards - both in the food businesses we monitor, and in our own work to carry out our duties.

Job description

The FSA has an opportunity for an Operational Policy Manager to join us, helping to review, develop and implement policy changes to the Food and Feed Law Codes of Practice, and associated guidance. You’ll have the chance to make a real impact on the way our food is kept safe for consumers.
You’ll be an advocate and active proponent of continuous improvement and will understand how these demands tie into other factors, such as the evolving food landscape and the impact of emerging issues that present a risk to the delivery of our services. 

Working to create lasting benefits both for our working processes and the consumers they ultimately impact, you’ll be able to build strong working relationship with a wide range of stakeholders. From industry representatives to colleagues across the FSA and wider government, the networks you build will become a key part of ensuring your work has the impact it needs to.

If you have a strong understanding and experience of the UK’s regulatory landscape regarding food, this role will offer an incredible opportunity to make a difference that you can see. Bring your communication and relationship building skills to the FSA, and help us keep food safe for all.


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:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
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 and Experience.

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 an experience / behaviours-based interview.

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

·         Extensive experience of the food law regulatory landscape in the UK, with a particular emphasis on local authority delivery.

Lead Criteria: In the event 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.

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.

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:  W/C 15 August 2022
Interviews:  W/C 22 August 2022

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.
Please note that the interview date may be 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.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Michael Bluff
  • Email : Michael.Bluff@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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