Research Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator - Flexible Working Available

Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London or York
11 Jun 2021
27 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 to London office and external locations for meetings as required , 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”. 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 use of science has always been central to the Agency’s mission, and our expert science, evidence and research underpins and supports the FSA’s work, including risk assessment, risk management and delivery processes for controls on food hygiene, animal feed and foodborne diseases.

The generation of independent, expert advice is critical to us remaining a trusted regulator. Within the FSA, the Science, Evidence and Research Division (SERD) has overall responsibility for delivering this. The Division’s mission is to provide expert risk assessment, and other scientific/socio-economic evidence and advice. This is done using a team of over 90 experts within SERD, as well as engaging with external experts through our science committees, independent experts, and our strategic and applied research programmes.

Coordinating these engagements and developing strategic partnerships that can continue to help the FSA deliver on our scientific ambitions, the Research Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator will play a key role in the success of the wider department.

A keen believer in the importance of science in guiding our work and strategy, the post holder will seek to champion the integration of science across the FSA, improving the impact of the department, ensuring science is communicated and used effectively, and is available to others who can re-use it and add value.

The successful candidate will engage with colleagues across the Agency as well as external stakeholders from across government, academia and the wider industry. Coordinating a targeted programme of engagement, they will serve as an important representative for the FSA, and ultimately seek to ensure that the Agency is positioned to do the best work possible.

Communication and relationship-building is central to the success of the candidate, who will also provide line management for one other position. If you are experienced at bringing people together to achieve greater goals and are passionate about the use of science to inform and guide policy, don’t hesitate to apply.


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
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions


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.

Sift: week commencing 28 June 2021
Interview: from 08 July 2021

If applying on a job-share basis, the expectation would be that you are already in an established job-share partnership.

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:
• Proven record in leading or managing research projects and programmes with partners
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

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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