Learning, Development and Talent Partner

26 Jul 2021
15 Aug 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 UK travel may be required with the potential of overnight stay 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

With a relatively small Agency like ours comes strengths and weaknesses. We are fast to respond, and the work of one person can go a long way. But equally, our remit is gigantic, and in order to ensure that the FSA is capable of delivering the best possible outcomes for all, it is vital that our staff are fully supported so that they can do their best work unhindered.

The People and Organisational Change (POC) division is dedicated to precisely this: looking after the FSA’s staff, and equipping them with everything they need to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. There is an opening to join the POC team as a Learning Development and Talent Partner, with the successful candidate having the opportunity to develop capability across the FSA through their work with a broad spectrum of colleagues.

Representing a culture of continuous and holistic learning, the post holder will help colleagues in defined areas of the Agency to identify and coordinate learning and development opportunities for individuals and teams alike.

This role will involve plenty of relationship building with colleagues both in the Agency and across other government departments, as well as partners at external training providers. The post holder will be an influential communicator who can be a strong advocate for the benefits these learning opportunities provide.

If you are passionate about helping others develop professionally through learning and can work closely and collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, apply today for this exciting position.


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:

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others
  • 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 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:

• Extensive experience of working in a learning and development partner role, supporting senior managers in proactively identifying and developing capability requirements and solutions

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.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Anna Grove Email :   Anna.Grove@food.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   hr.recruitment.campaigns@food.gov.uk Further information

If you wish to raise a complaint then please email hr.recruitment.campaigns@food.gov.uk in the first instance.

Attachments Learning and Development Talent Partner Candidate Pack Opens in new window(pdf, 1265kB) Terms and Conditions as at April 2020 Opens in new window(pdf, 61kB)

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