Intelligence Support Officer

Food Standards Agency

Closing date: 29 Sep 2017

Reference number



£25,503 - £29,795


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Operational Delivery Group - National Food Crime Unit

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share


37 Hrs per week

Number of posts




About the job

Job description

Food crime matters. It strikes at the heart of the vital bond of trust that exists between us and those involved in bringing food from the farm to our fork. For this reason, since it became fully operational in 2016, the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) has been working with others to identify and tackle serious fraud within global food supply chains.

The NFCU as an intelligence unit is tackling serious food crime through new and innovative approaches to intelligence gathering and dissemination and we are seeking to recruit two enthusiastic and motivated individuals as Intelligence Support Officers.

The fundamental mission of any intelligence function is to provide insight which informs or stimulates decision-making by those who consume it. The NFCU is no different.
You will be part of a small team responsible for the receipt, evaluation and dissemination of information received from a variety of sources, including our confidential whistleblowing telephone hot line.
Your work will influence further research & development, by yourselves and others, to identify where the NFCU’s resources are best directed to ensure the greatest impact on criminality.

The Food Standards Agency is 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”. The National Food Crime Unit contributes to this vision by working with others to prevent and pursue serious dishonesty within food supply chains.

Part of our vision is to make the UK as hostile an environment as possible for those seeking to involve themselves in food crime. We seek to identify, disrupt and deter those involved in serious food criminality by working with other law enforcement partners, such as Police and Local Authorities.

You will contribute to this by researching and developing, within agreed parameters, inquiries that can be developed into actionable Intelligence packages by the NFCU’s Intelligence Officers and work to assist and support them.

The role is based at FSA Headquarters in central London. We believe that a vibrant, creative and ultimately effective law enforcement capability is best achieved through a shared working environment.
Where there is a demonstrable business benefit, the NFCU offers the flexibility for staff to work from home from time to time within policy guidelines. (Current working days are Monday-Friday inclusive).

In early 2018 we are due to move to new premises in Westminster near St James Park.
Want to find out more? Then please take a look at the attached job description which details the key responsibilities.

Person specification

Experience from working within an intelligence environment and/or a research environment will be an advantage.

An understanding of the use, evaluation and dissemination of intelligence on multiple databases for research and recording detail is an advantage.

Excellence in both verbal and written English language communication is a pre-requisite for success in this role. You will be confident in engaging with the public on the telephone and in written correspondence. You will have excellent inter-personal skills.

You will be outward looking and positive, keen to understand and develop your knowledge around food crime and the landscape it covers. You will be appreciative of an evolving unit that the NFCU is and to contribute to its development through your work and ideas.

You will understand the sensitive nature of the NFCU’s work and act with integrity and discretion at all times. You will have a good knowledge of Windows based systems such as Excel and Word and excellent computer based skills. You will understand the National Intelligence Model and the use to which intelligence can be used.


Appointment will be subject to successful National Security Vetting at SC level


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

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Leading and communicating
  • Making effective decisions
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Changing and improving
  • Delivering at pace

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 meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

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

Subject to the number of applications we may conduct a preliminary sift based on the lead competencies of;

Collaborating and Partnering.
Leading and Communicating

The selection process will consist of a competency based interview.

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

If you’d like to be considered, please take a look through the additional documents attached which will help you submit your application. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

Enquiries to:-
NFCU Senior Intelligence Officer Nick Smith on email nick.smith@foodstandards,
Telephone 07795 476134

Sift/interview dates and location

Paper sift week commencing 16th October 2017
Interview dates 1st & 2nd November 2017
Interview Location: Holborn, London.

Further information

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

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