Senior Official Feed and Food Controls (OFFC) Performance Management Officers

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 24th October 2021


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£37,350 (National) per annum (pro-rata for working as part of an established job-share), £40,350 (London) per annum (pro-rata for working as part of an established job-share).


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Temporary (12 months with a possibility of an extension) Loan, FTA and Secondment.

Business area

FSA - Regulatory Compliance - OFFC Performance Management Team, Regulatory Compliance Division

Type of role

Risk Management

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, 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. Regular travel across England will be required, possibly with overnight stays.

About the job


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 most important aspects of the FSA’s work is the delivery of official feed and food controls (OFFC) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These controls are in place to ensure that businesses in the food industry are meeting the expectations of the law - and thereby keeping the food on Britain’s tables safe, and making sure it is exactly what it says it is.

Our feed and food controls are carried out on behalf of the FSA by local authorities across the length and breadth of the country. This allows the Agency to exercise absolute coverage right down to a very local level - but it also means that any one local authority will perform slightly differently from any other. To ensure a uniformity in the service that the Agency provides through these checks, and in doing so further cement the trust that the British public have in their food, it’s important that the Agency monitors the performances of those delivering feed and food controls, and works to help any area that can be improved.

These posts are advertised as 12 months Fixed Term, Loan or Secondment appointments (with a possibility of an extension). Candidates that are already established Civil Servants will come to the FSA on a Loan basis and will need to request permission from their Home Department for the Loan prior to applying for this job.

Job description

The Agency has two openings for Senior OFFC Performance Managers, whose work will provide a vital step in providing this service, and ensuring that food in Britain meets the nation’s exacting standards.

At the very centre of these roles is a need for communication and collaboration, as the post holders will seek to build strong and constructive relationships with those authorities that carry out the official controls, as well as the various FSA teams that work to support them.

As well as contributing to the collection and collation of data gathered from delivery partners, the successful candidates will work to identify performance issues from this data, present realistic solutions to senior managers and directors within the FSA and work alongside various stakeholders to help drive improvement.

If you are enthused by the opportunity to make a difference to the wellbeing of the nation, utilising your skills to identify issues and deliver solutions for the benefit of all, do not hesitate to apply for this exciting, collaborative role at the heart of the FSA’s official controls.


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.


Applicants should hold one of the qualifications listed in Section 3.4 of the attached Food Law Code of Practice document.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together


Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached Terms and Conditions statement.

Things you need to know


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 a 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 knowledge and understanding of the regulatory and delivery landscape for food and feed in the UK.

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. Candidates that are already part of an established job-share are welcome to apply. All appointments are made on merit.

If applying on a job-share basis, the expectation would be that you are already in an established job-share partnership.

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.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Richard Fretwell
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Further information

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