Resourcing Advisor

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 15 Feb 2019

Reference number



£22,751 - £25,912


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support
Operational Delivery

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description

An opportunity exists for a Recruitment & Resourcing Advisor in the Human Resources Team within Cefas’ Corporate Directorate.

The purpose of the role is to assist with the timely recruitment of people to posts, from both internal and external recruitment, thus ensuring that Cefas meets its science delivery targets and maintains its reputation, and to provide resourcing advice.


The main duties and responsibilities of this post include:
• Co-ordination of recruitment schemes from approval to appointment
• Liaising with vacancy holders to manage recruitment schemes
• Complete recruitment schemes in accordance with Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles
• Liaise with external bodies (Government Recruitment Service (GRS) and Defra Recruitment Group) to manage schemes in line with processes
• Monitor current recruitment schemes and provide internal metrics as needed
• Complete data returns for Defra, Office for National Statistics, Civil Service Commissioners and Cabinet Office as required
• Ensure pre-employment checks are completed for all new entrants
• Carry out first day inductions
• Regularly review recruitment process to ensure improvements are made where possible and that all forms/administration requirements are up-to-date.

Person specification

You should have some practical experience of working in an HR or recruitment environment, preferably with some knowledge of HR/IT systems.

Good IT skills are essential with experience with standard Microsoft applications such as Excel and Word and ideally ERP systems.

You must have good communication skills, both verbal and written. You must be able to work flexibly and possess the ability to organise your own workload to meet deadlines.


Level 3 qualification or relevant experience


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace



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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead behaviour Managing a Quality Service, candidates must pass this behaviour for their application to be progressed.

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

Cefas Resourcing

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT

Interview date to be confirmed

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses, however, we can offer an initial interview via Skype for candidates who are unable to travel to Lowestoft.

Further information

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Any move to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:
Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

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