Diversity and Belonging Lead – 12 months Fixed Term Appointment

Homeworking, London and York
£51,300 (National), £55,300 (London) per annum
18 Sep 2020
04 Oct 2020
Full Time
Contract Type


Site-based or Home-enabled in London or York Travel across the UK required with the potential of overnight stays. Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas.

About the job Summary

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” – now that we have left the EU, the scale of this challenge cannot be underestimated. More than 90% of food and feed law in the UK currently comes from Europe and our primary goal is to continue to protect public health and UK consumers’ wider interest in food.

Job description

At the FSA we want everyone to feel that they matter. We believe that our people need to feel they can be their whole, best self at work to deliver our mission of ‘Food you can trust’ to the best of their ability. To us, it’s simple: if you can be fully you, we will be better at fully being the FSA. No one should feel that they need to change to ‘fit in’ or ‘progress’ – everyone should feel included at work, with the opportunities and support to thrive and achieve their aspirations, whatever they may be.

We already lead across government with our innovative approach to flexible working and we want to ensure that the FSA embraces diversity and inclusion to the fullest extent possible too.

This newly created role will be responsible for delivering a step change in the diversity of our workforce. Significant effort has gone into delivering our D&I commitments over the past few years, but we recognise that we still have more to learn about our own working culture, attitudes and behaviour. We are making good progress on our current action plan and now we are looking for an inspirational and experienced professional who can accelerate our progress by introducing fresh momentum and best practice to our efforts.

You will be part of the People and Organisational Change team but will work closely with colleagues and senior leaders across the Agency. To be successful in this role you will bring your previous experience of working in a D&I role as well as your passion about improvement and have a proven track record of culture change and effective programme delivery in this space.

If you are an authentic leader who is willing to share personal experiences and have open and honest conversations at all levels to achieve real culture change, we look forward to receiving your application!


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • 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 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 staff engagement exercise and a final selection stage consisting of a Behaviours based interview.

In the event of receiving a large number of applications an initial sift may take place on just the identified lead criteria indicated below:
Demonstratable experience of shaping an organisations D&I Strategy, bringing strategies/activities to life and measuring impact and change.

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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