Senior Intelligence Officer - Homeworking Available

Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London or York
17 Jun 2021
04 Jul 2021
Contract Type


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

For the first time in almost 50 years, the UK has control over our food laws - and it’s important that we make sure they remain as robust and effective as they have been in recent years. We face an added challenge in that so much of our regulatory activities are carried out by local authorities. Only through clear frameworks and best practice methods can we ensure that our services offer the same standard across the full breadth of the nation. The Regulatory Compliance Division’s work forms a vital part of our relationship with the local authorities, enabling us to support and guide their work in delivering these official controls.

The team is also working to deliver a modernised regulatory system that will enable the FSA to ensure customers are protected from harm and that food is exactly what it says it is. This new programme has reached the testing stage, allowing us to work alongside local authorities to explore how new policies work in real world settings.

Intelligence received by the FSA will play an integral role in the new process, allowing local authorities to react effectively to the food-related threats that can impact public health. The Senior Intelligence Officer role will build upon the usage of intelligence to inform and support local authorities, working with colleagues to further develop the process during its testing stage. Through close collaboration with colleagues across the Agency, the successful candidates will ensure the results of the pilot study can be flexibly and reliably carried across to every relevant area of our work.

Candidates should be adept at working in team environments and have a background in developing and delivering change. If you believe you would be a strong fit for this role, apply today.


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:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • 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, Ability 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:

Experience of operating within local authority food regulatory enforcement, law enforcement or the intelligence community.

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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