Senior Strategy Adviser

Food Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 8th December 2021


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£ 37,350 (National) per annum (pro-rata for part-time working), £ 40,350 (London) per annum (pro-rata for part-time working).


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

FSA - Strategy, Legal and Governance - Strategy

Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Project Delivery

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, 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 to London will be required on a regular basis, possibly with overnight stays. Travel across the UK may be required on an occasional basis.

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.

The food sector continues to face a range of complex and previously unseen challenges, from the UK’s exit from the EU, to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the new ways that emerging technologies allow consumers to interact with food businesses. The Strategy Unit works to build a coherent and forward-thinking response with regards to how the FSA carries out its work now and in the coming years.

Job description

The Senior Strategy Adviser plays a key role within the unit, analysing the complex problems that we face and offering up potential solutions. Working alongside colleagues in their immediate team as well as those in other teams across the FSA, the post holder will use a range of tools and approaches to identify new issues facing the food system, analysing them, and working to understand the risks they pose.

This understanding and the adviser’s own expertise will enable them to contribute to an internal consultancy service within the FSA, working with peers and senior colleagues to uncover solutions to a variety of problems.

Through the development of strategic documents and the drafting of other material such as briefings and papers for the executive team and board members, the post holder will contribute to the shaping of the FSA’s food strategy for years to come.

Candidates will be experienced in delivering high quality work in a fast-paced environment, building relationships with colleagues and actively engaging in a culture of learning. If you are excited to put your skills to use to help the FSA protect public health and ensure food is safe, and is what it says it is, apply today.


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
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • 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.

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 and desirable 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 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:

• Proven experience of using analytical tools to define, shape and describe strategic business issues and present proposals to solve them.

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.
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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.

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

Sift: w/c 13/12/2021
Interviews: w/c 03/01/2022

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.

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 :  Ben Haden
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information

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