Veterinary Auditor (Sussex, Surrey and London – East Region) - Flexible Working Available (copy)

Sussex, Surrey, London & Homeworking
23 Jul 2021
22 Aug 2021
Public Sector
Full Time
Contract Type


Homebased, with the position involving significant routine travel within the East Region (Sussex, Surrey, London – Cluster 18 and part of Cluster 19, please refer to the location map in the candidate pack). You will need to live within a distance of 60 miles or 90 mins by road (one way) commuting of the above location. Overnight stays and occasional work outside normal working hours (including night-time and weekend) will form an essential part of the role. Some travelling outside the region will also be occasionally required.

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.

It’s more important than ever that our Agency continues to hold food produced in the UK to high standards, so that we can retain and grow our reputation as a robust and trustworthy regulator.

This approach starts at the very source of our food. Through our presence at the slaughterhouses that first introduce meat into our food systems, we can ensure these systems have the best possible start in providing safe, hygienic and trustworthy meat. Our aim is to make sure that our food is the best that it can be. Animal hygiene and welfare is the very first step on the route to the nation’s dinner tables, and at the FSA we work hard to keep Britain’s interests in mind even at these early stages.

Job description

Our veterinary auditors are a key part of this process, providing on-the-ground veterinary experience in slaughterhouses and enabling the FSA to monitor both the hygiene and the welfare of the animals that are being used for food and feed across the UK. Through the auditing of food safety management systems and animal welfare compliance, veterinary auditors provide an invaluable service to the British public, as well as monitoring the standards of meat that we export to other countries.

The successful candidate will be able to present and promote the FSA’s priorities to both the staff and managers of food business operators and other stakeholders. The impact of your work will be tangible, as you work alongside the FSA’s local teams to meet Agency targets and inform the development of policy through your findings and reports.

We are looking for decisive and focused individuals who are passionate about the chance to positively affect the quality of the food we eat as a nation. Good communicators with strong interpersonal skills are required to fully demonstrate and share the values we hold food business operators to. If you are looking for the opportunity to do work that matters for a progressive and respected government department and can bring your own high standards and keen eye to the role, we look forward to your application


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.


Valid UK Driving Licence (Manual or Automatic).


Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon.


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

  • 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 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.

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 an experience/technical/behaviours-based interview and seen 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:
• Fully qualified or with experience as Official Veterinary Surgeon in Red Meat, White Meat and /or Meat Products.

The FSA is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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 :   Laureano Garcia-Munoz Email :   Recruitment team : Email :

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