Shellfish Official Controls Advisor – 12 Months Fixed Term Appointment

14 Jun 2021
27 Jun 2021
Full Time
Contract Type

Shellfish Official Controls Advisor – 12 Months Fixed Term Appointment ​with the possibility of permanency


Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London or York), or home based in the UK. Occasional travel across the UK will be 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

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

A central feature of the FSA’s role is the protecting of public health through the shaping and delivery of official controls relating to the food that finds its way to plates across the country at every meal. From contaminants to food-borne diseases, our controls act as a way of stopping dangerous food from reaching the consumer. We are constantly at work to ensure the regulations that are in place are robust enough, whilst also helping to implement them, working closely with local authorities across the width and breadth of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

We have an exciting role available for a Shellfish Official Controls Adviser to join our team and help with our continued efforts to deliver our controls with regards to live bivalve molluscs such as oysters, mussels and clams.

Monitoring the delivery of our shellfish hygiene controls at primary production, the post-holder will work to ensure that standards are met in our monitoring programmes for phytoplankton, biotoxins and chemical contaminants, among others. Using knowledge, evidence and collaboration with colleagues, they will determine the appropriate classification of shellfish harvesting areas.

The successful candidate will be taking on a varied and always interesting role, leading on data reviews, building strong working relationships with colleagues at the FSA and external partners, and ensuring the robust and ongoing delivery of our official controls across the shellfish industry. Candidates will need to be able to deliver at pace, communicating the needs of the Agency to stakeholders and working closely alongside the rest of the team. We look forward to hearing from candidates excited to play a role in the food safety of the nation.


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:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


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:
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly establish and maintain productive relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

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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