Talent and Capability Coordinator

Food Standards Agency

Closing date: 18 Aug 2017

Reference number



£30,050-£35,000 for London - £27,250-£30,750 for National- (dependant on location)


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Human Resources - Talent & Capability Team

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share


37 Hrs per week

Number of posts



York, London, Cardiff, Belfast or Home based

About the job

Job description

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is on the brink of an extraordinary period of evolution and activity. We’re looking for an energetic and motivated person to join us at this exciting time, and help ensure we have the capability we need to deliver our priorities.

As a Talent and Capability Coordinator you’ll be an integral member of the Talent and Capability Team (part of People and Organisational Change). Reporting to the Talent and Capability consultant, you’ll support the Talent and Capability Team by working closely with colleagues across the whole of the FSA and the government HR function.

You’ll achieve this by arranging appropriate capability and development solutions to meet requirements across the organisation, monitoring expenditure of the central training budget to ensure value for money. You’ll support the design and implementation of the FSA’s talent and career management processes, graduate programme, apprenticeship strategy, fast stream and performance management system, ensuring the positive experience of employees involved
We’re a non-ministerial department of 1200 people, with a big vision – to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food we can trust”. Set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect public health and consumer interests regarding food, our remit includes removing unsafe food from sale, ensuring good food and meat hygiene, ensuring EU legislation reflects the interest of UK customers, and taking an evidence-based approach to all of our work. This exciting opportunity offers the right person a chance to make a genuine difference within the agency, by helping to develop and implement a new approach to capability, talent, learning and development.

We support a wide range of working patterns, and our members either work out of our York offices or are home-based – however, we also have offices in London, Cardiff and Belfast. Whilst some travel between FSA sites is a requirement, we also collaborate using a variety of communication tools, and keep in touch with weekly team calls and monthly face-to-face meetings

Want to find out more? Then please take a look at the attached job description which details the key responsibilities.

Person specification

With substantial and demonstrable experience of working with talent, learning and development initiatives and excellent verbal and written communication skills, you’ll be confident engaging with colleagues and stakeholders at every level. Your experience of working in a fast-paced environment gives you the flexibility and personal resilience to balance the sometimes-conflicting demands of delivering talent initiatives whilst successfully managing organisational learning and development requirements.


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

  • Building capability for all
  • Changing and improving
  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering value for money

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


We offer excellent benefits, including a generous holiday entitlement, an attractive pension scheme, flexi-time and flexible working.

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

If you’re interested in this opportunity and want to be considered, please apply below explaining how your personal skills, qualities and experience make you the right person for the job (with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification and specified competencies). Please also take a look through the additional documents attached, which will help you complete your application.

The selection process will consist of a preliminary sift (based on the lead competences of Building Capability for All and Changing and Improving), followed by a competency based interview.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.

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.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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

Anna Grove, Talent and Capability Manager
E-mail: anna.grove@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

We aim to conduct the sift on 21st August 2017 and conduct interviews in York on Wednesday 30th

Further information

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

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