Deputy Director for Northern Ireland - Flexible Working Available

08 Jun 2021
25 Jun 2021
Full Time
Contract Type


Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London or York), or home based in the UK. Occasional travel required across the UK and Republic of Ireland. 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”. Our primary goal is to continue to protect public health and consumers’ wider interest in food. As we have now exited the EU the FSA faces a significant period of change and activity.

Job description

The FSA in Northern Ireland is a hugely significant part of the wider Agency. As well as working closely with colleagues in England and Wales to ensure food safety on a three-country basis, the department works to deliver food standards, labelling and dietary health outcomes for Northern Ireland. From the development of legislation and policy to the delivery of food and feed controls, our work ensures that food in Northern Ireland is safe, and what it says it is.

Working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the FSA is a progressive and internationally renowned government department that puts consumer interests at the heart of everything we do. Our work in Northern Ireland is interesting and complex. As well as on-the-ground regulatory work to protect the food we produce, sell and eat, we seek to ensure Northern Irish interests are heard and considered across the UK.

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented and experienced leader to join our team in the newly created role of Deputy Director for Northern Ireland. Leading the FSA’s NI team, the post holder will seek to ensure the successful and effective delivery of the Agency’s remit. Though the Northern Irish team is relatively small, the impact of their work is significant. Your effective leadership and management will allow them to function to their full potential, delivering on the complex portfolio that they are responsible for.

As a member of the FSA’s Business Delivery Group and senior leadership group, you will be involved in making important operational delivery decisions whilst representing the Agency at a senior level both internally and externally. You will also be required to engage with officials in other government departments, both centrally and locally, and international counterparts, building relationships and ensuring cooperation that will best serves consumers and protects public health.

Resilience will be key; the FSA’s work is carried out in a fast-paced environment with numerous priorities that need to be balanced and considered. You will be naturally collaborative, and eager to seek out opportunities to develop strong working relationships within the wider organisation and with external stakeholders including industry, district councils and academia.

A strong and experienced leader, who will be a champion of transformational change implemented through the development of people and the Agency’s capabilities. Through effective and impactful decision making you will lead the FSA in Northern Ireland, working with the complex priorities that guide the FSA’s work and allowing your team to deliver a service that puts consumers at the heart of every decision.


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
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • 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.

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

See our vetting charter.

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:
• Extensive experience of managing multi-functional teams and providing visible leadership (to both internal and external partners). You will be able to demonstrate proven ability to develop a motivated, engaged and high performing team across functional and organisation reporting lines, driving improvements and exceptional results

Security Clearance
Appointment will be subject to the candidate having, or being able to achieve, National Security Vetting at Security Check level. For full details on the requirement and processes for National Security Vetting, select this link:

Please note that candidates need to be resident in the UK for a minimum of 5 years to be eligible to apply for SC Clearance.

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.

A reserve list will be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

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

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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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