Operational Policy Manager x1 - Flexible Working Available

10 May 2021
23 May 2021
Full Time
Contract Type


Multi-Location in either Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, London, York or Home-Based in the UK. Occasional UK travel required with the possibility of overnight stays. Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas.

About the job

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”. More than 90% of Feed and food 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. As we have now exited the European Union (EU) the FSA faces a significant period of change and activity.

Job description

For the first time in almost 50 years, the UK has control over our food and feed laws - and it’s important that we make sure they remain as robust and effective as they have been in recent years. Only through clear frameworks and best practice methods can we ensure that official food and feed controls offer the same standard and effective consumer protection across the full breadth of the nation.

As the UK finds its footing outside the EU, we need to prove to our global partners that our food and feed standards are as robust as ever. We’re looking for a motivated individual to lead the ongoing review, development and implementation of policy changes to the Feed and Food Law Codes of Practice, and associated Practice Guidance, that give direction and guidance on local authority regulatory activities.

With so much in our remit, it’s important that our new Operational Policy Manger can focus and simplify. A strong communicator, who will be able to form effective relationships with key partners both internally and externally. Above all else, you should work fantastically as part of a team, seeking to build up those around you, working together to find the right solution, and engaging all you meet towards a shared vision of “food we can trust”.


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.


A qualification recognised in the Food or Feed Law Code of Practice


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • 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

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.

In the event of receiving a large number of applications an initial sift may take place on just the identified lead criteria indicated below:

A qualification recognised in the Food or Feed Law Code of Practice (1st lead Sift Criteria)

Effective at working with and through internal and external stakeholders and delivery partners, to enable delivery of successful outcomes at pace (2nd Lead Sift Criteria)

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

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Julie Benson Email :   Julie.Benson@food.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   hr.recruitment.campaigns@food.gov.uk Further information

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