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. Travel across the UK will be required on an occasional basis, 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.
Throughout this time, our ability to respond to food safety issues remains a key priority. The FSA works hard to build on the hard-earned trust the public has in its work. This means maintaining the high regulatory standards we have in place whilst reacting and adapting to the ever-changing landscape of the global food industry.
Genetic technologies continue to play an important role in the future of our food, and play a role in areas that the public might not even consider, such as the feed that we give the animals within our food systems. These two Risk Assessor roles for Genetic Technologies will deliver work around GM technology in partnership with the independent scientists who advise the FSA on new foods entering the market.
The successful candidates will manage applications for GM products as they are risk assessed before being placed on the market, representing a key role in ensuring their safety for consumer use. As well as ensuring industry dossiers are robust and based on the best available science, the post holders will write or assist in the creation of papers for the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, providing clear information that will enable the Committee to make sound and informed decisions.
The food landscape never stops moving, and there are always new products, new technologies and new ideas that need to be assessed. Candidates should be able to grasp the big picture that this industry presents, working closely with colleagues from across the Agency to ensure that we can keep food safe, and what it says it is. If you are excited to be a part of this important mission, and can deliver efficiently and at pace, apply for this role today.
ResponsibilitiesPlease 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
- Making Effective Decisions
- Working Together
- 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.
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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 and desirable person specification criteria stated. If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to the final selection stage consisting of an experience/technical/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:
• Having a practical understanding of Genetic Modification and Genome Editing technologies.
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. All appointments are made on merit.
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 up to 12 months (with a possibility of an extension) from which further appointment may be made.
Please note that we are also advertising for a Senior Risk Assessor – Genetic Technologies (SSO) on a temporary basis for up to 12 months (with a possibility of an extension) and we would welcome your application.
Sift: W/C 27 September 2021
Interviews: W/C 11 October 2021
Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.
Please note that the interview date maybe subject to change.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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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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