Chief Digital Officer

Food Standards Agency

Closing date: 4 Mar 2018

Reference number



National: £55,045 - £64,135, London: £59,641 - £70,195;


Grade 6

Contract type


Business area

Other - Digital

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



This post can be based in either our London or York office, either as office based or multi-location.

About the job

Job description

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is at an exciting point in its history. The context in which we operate has been transformed, and will continue to change at an unprecedented rate. Innovation, collaboration and technology that enables not restricts is the new norm. Digital will be key to how we carry out our work, listen to and empower others to deliver food we can trust: Quite simply, it is a game changer and vital to achieving our ambitions.

As the FSA’s Chief Digital Officer, you will work to place the FSA at the forefront of emerging digital thinking, taking advantage of future opportunities that changes in the digital landscape and new technologies offer us – especially where digital can help us achieve our ambitions in open policy making and influencing and empowering others.
• digital delivery as part of internal organisation-wide change programmes;
• developing and managing full-service digital teams, working with multiple internal and external suppliers or a mix of both;
• developing and delivering to a wider strategic vision, both internal and external;
• developing and delivering successful end-to-end transactional services in accordance with the service standards;
• using agile project management techniques and working practices, open source, cloud platforms and digital services;
• a broad mix of digital knowledge and expertise, including: strategy and best practice; content development and delivery; social media and digital communications; product and platform development; mobile; UX and analytics.

If you are interested in what this role could offer you and think you have the skills, experience and ambition that we are looking for, we’d love to hear from you.

For further details and how to apply, please see the attached candidate pack, job description and supporting documents.


Educated to degree level (or equivalent professional qualification)


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

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Changing and improving
  • Making effective decisions
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Building capability for all
  • Achieving commercial outcomes

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Following submission of CV and statement of suitability, applicants will be shortlisted. Candidates successful at this stage will be asked to complete an online psychometric assessment, followed by a panel based interview.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

If you have any questions about the role or would like to discuss the post further, please contact Julie Pierce, Director of Openness, Data and Digital,

Should you have a questioon about submitting your application, please email Please include the vacancy reference number and job title in the subject line.

Sift/interview dates and location

To be confirmed

Further information

Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

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