Secretariat for Advisory Committee

Homeworking then multi location
£30,350 (National), £32,350 (London)
10 Aug 2020
31 Aug 2020
Contract Type

OFFICE BASED; MULTI-LOCATION; HOME BASED IN THE UK BELFAST, CARDIFF, BIRMINGHAM, LONDON, YORK OCCASIONAL TRAVEL REQUIRED Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, new-starters will be required to work from home with no travel required. Once the situation changes the post holder will revert back to their preferred contract and be required to fulfil travel obligations.

About the job Summary

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is a non-Ministerial independent Government department. Challenges around ensuring food safety are increasingly complex and it’s our job to use our expertise and influence so that people can trust that the food they buy and eat, is safe and honest. The FSA conducts a range of research, policy and operational activity across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to protect the consumer.

The Regulated Products Risk Assessment Team sits within the Risk Assessment Unit (RAU) which forms part of the Science, Evidence and Research Division (SERD. The activities that SERD handle directly support delivery of FSA strategic objectives for consumer protection.

Job description

If successful, you will be working closely with our advisory committee to facilitate the risk assessment of genetically modified and gene-edited foods in the UK. Working within a wider regulated products team, you will be the technical secretariat lead for GM and GE foods.


As someone with pride and passion for public service, you’ll recognise the wider Civil Service priorities and always work in the national interest. You’ll seek out opportunities to create effective change and suggest innovative ideas for improvement. You’ll use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. You’ll value difference, diversity and inclusion, ensuring fairness and opportunity for all.

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
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • 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.

Things you need to know Security

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 :
• Experience of plant or animal new-breeding technologies

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within our organisation at this level. 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

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 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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