EU and International Engagement Lead - Flexible Working Available

23 Jul 2021
15 Aug 2021
Contract Type


Multi-location from one of our FSA Offices (Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London or York), or home based in the UK. Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not overseas. Occasional travel to FSA offices maybe required.

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.
It is important that the UK works hard to maintain its strong footing in the international arena, even as we work to redefine ourselves as an independent nation separate from the European Union. Only through continued collaboration and engagement with other nations can we ensure that we remain a significant global voice with an active say in international developments.

The FSA’s EU and International Strategy team works hard to ensure that the Agency’s work remains tied to the wider international community. From the hosting of international partners at UK events to the monitoring and engagement of key events impacting food safety on a global scale, the team sits at the heart of the Agency’s future as a progressive and internationally respected regulator.

Job description

Working to maintain a strategic and coherent approach to the FSA’s international engagement, the team is excited to hire a new EU and International Engagement lead. In close collaboration with colleagues across the FSA, the post-holder will work to support the Agency’s international engagements both at home and overseas.

This support will take many forms, from helping to coordinate the FSA’s work with the EU to working alongside senior colleagues from within the Agency to ensure international visits further our strategic aims and objectives for food safety and beyond. The post-holder will also be responsible for the team’s information management.

This is an exciting position in a team that is engaged with a pressing and topical area of the FSA’s work, and the job will provide frequent and direct exposure to senior civil servants both in the UK and overseas. Whilst this means that there will be myriad opportunities for the successful candidate to do high profile work within the Agency, it also means that we are looking for individuals who are able to take on a high level of personal responsibility and independent working.


You’ll need to be an impeccable communicator who is able to speak and write confidently in order to persuasively put their point across. In such a complex area of our work, the ability to see the wider story and work to the Agency’s agenda will be key - as will the ability to deliver effectively and at pace. Though this position is demanding, the rewards of playing an important role in this time of transition will be many. If you are ready to put your skills to work for this team, we will be excited to read 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.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • 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.

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/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:
• Using strong interpersonal skills to develop relationships with stakeholders, both internal and external.

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. Part-time applicants (no less than 30 hours per week) are also welcome to apply. 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 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.

Apply and further information

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Laura Phelps Email :   Recruitment team : Email : Further information

If you wish to raise a complaint then please email in the first instance.

Attachments EU and International Engagement Lead (HEO) Candidate Pack Opens in new window(pdf, 1247kB) Terms and Conditions as at April 2020 Opens in new window(pdf, 61kB)

Similar jobs

Similar jobs