Legislative Strategy Manager

04 Oct 2021
17 Oct 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. Travel across the UK maybe required on an occasional basis, possibly with overnight stays.

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.

Alongside changes like these, the wider food industry is in a constant state of flux. New technologies, new ideas and new business models mean that the Agency is constantly looking at how best to respond to the ever-changing challenges it is presented with whilst delivering upon its remit.

The Operational Transformation Programme is working hard to overhaul and reform the regulatory system of official controls within the UK, aiming to bring the FSA’s regulatory capabilities in line with the developing trends and movements within the food industry. The post holder for this role will have a particular focus on aligning the Agency’s legislative work with its wider strategy.

This post is advertised as a 6 months Fixed Term or Loan appointment (with the possibility of an extension). Candidates that are already established Civil Servants will come to the FSA on a Loan basis and will need to request permission from their Home Department for the Loan prior to applying for this job.

Job description

Planning and monitoring the delivery of our legislative framework, the successful candidate will lead policy development for new legislation that will create a strong foundation for the programme to be built upon.

As an enthusiastic team player, the post holder will not only manage an SEO, but also provide broader legislative leadership across the programme and the wider FSA. Guiding the team through forward planning that will help them to fully realise the Operational Transformation Programme’s goals, they will seek to understand both the project’s objectives and their context within the FSA’s wider strategy, bringing them together and managing their relationship.

The successful candidate will be a strong communicator who can build relationships across the FSA and wider government, challenging and influencing decision making in order to build upon the legislative strategy of the Agency, and ultimately helping to build a stronger FSA that is fully prepared to serve the public interest for years to come.


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:
• Demonstrable experience of delivery in a policy and/or legislative making environment.

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 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.

Any move to the Food Standards Agency from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare.
Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

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 :   Tony Frisby Email :   tony.frisby@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 Legislative Strategy Manager (G7) Candidate Pack Opens in new window(pdf, 1293kB) Terms and Conditions as at April 2020 Opens in new window(pdf, 61kB)

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