Senior Policy Managers x 12 posts

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 21st August 2022



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


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Food Policy Directorate, International & UK Affairs Directorate, and Regulatory Compliance, People & NI Directorate

Type of role

International Trade

Working pattern

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

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 (and internationally) maybe required on an occasional basis for some roles, 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.

An exciting opportunity for those interested in developing a career in the policy profession, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has a wide array of vacancies for policy specialists at the SEO level. With roles across a broad range of the Agency’s operational areas, this is the perfect time to join our vital and progressive organisation.

Applicants are invited to nominate the specific area that they would like to apply for, though the variety of positions on offer will allow us to invite successful candidates to join the FSA in a role that we feel will suit their individual skills and talents. Those not immediately successful may be added to a new talent pool of reserves that we will look to draw from as our new vacancies or positions become available in our teams.

Job description

The FSA is a forward-thinking organisation that prioritises the wellbeing and development of our staff. As well as offering and supporting clear routes of professional progression, we have structured our Agency to support flexible working and home working initiatives, encouraging our employees to find a work/life balance that suits their needs. Our focus is on transparency and inclusivity, creating an open and honest workplace where everyone can feel free to be their true selves.

Policy work forms an important part of the FSA’s work, allowing us to shape both our own operations as we seek to protect food across the country, as well as the way consumers and industry alike interact with what they eat. Our mission is to ensure that food is safe, and that it is what it says it is, and it is the development of policy that allows us both to define what this means and set out how we should be equipped to fulfil our remit.

Our policy teams work across a wide array of the Agency’s operational areas, and the roles on offer illustrate this, with positions in teams across the Food Safety Policy, Devolution and International, Regulated Compliance, FSA Northern Ireland and Veterinary, Imports and Exports divisions. These areas each have individual focuses, though their work ties closely with their counterparts throughout the Agency. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with colleagues from across the FSA as well as other external stakeholders as they seek to develop policies that represent the needs of the Agency, the wider industry, and the consumer interest.

The SEO positions will lead in the development of policies in their respective areas, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders alike to garner a holistic understanding of what needs to be achieved. Policies developed will seek to represent these needs and provide an effective framework by which the Agency can keep food safe.

If you are collaborative and communicative, and interested in developing your career in policy, this is a fantastic opportunity to join a progressive organisation making a tangible impact on the wellbeing of the nation. We invite analytical minds who can make informed choices that will benefit our mission to apply to join the FSA’s dedicated and passionate team of policy experts.


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:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
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 a behaviours-based interview and seen presentation.

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

·  Experience of leading the development and/or implementation of policy, whilst considering the wider context and utilising complex information from a variety of sources.

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.

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

Sift: From 22 August until 16 September 2022

Interviews:  03 – 21 October 2022

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

Please note that the interview date may be subject to change

For further information regarding the job role please e-mail: 

David Lowe (Imports Intelligence Strategy team, International & UK Affairs Directorate

Darren Cutts (Meat Hygiene Policy team, Food Safety Policy Directorate)

Laura Phelps (International Strategy, Delivery and Affairs Unit, International & UK Affairs Directorate)

Adam Bowden (Future Imports team, International & UK Affairs Directorate)

Sukh Singh (Regulated Products team, Regulatory Service, Policy Directorate)

Ryan Bartlett (Risk Analysis, Regulated Service, Policy Directorate)

Nuala Meehan (FSA Northern Ireland Directorate)

David Alexander (Food Safety Policy Directorate)

Narriman Looch (Food Safety Policy Directorate)

Paul Tossell (Food Safety Policy Directorate)

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. The FSA welcomes applications from those who need to work a more flexible or part-time arrangement and will agree to requests where possible, taking into account our operational needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly or part-time, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible or part-time arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.  Candidates who are already part of an established job-share are also welcome to apply. 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.

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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

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