HR Business Analyst

Homebased or in Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, London or York
07 Dec 2021
03 Jan 2022
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 will be required on an occasional basis, possibly with overnight stays.

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.

The FSA puts a great deal of focus on supporting its staff to help them develop and do their very best work. As well as being a progressive Agency that promotes a healthy work/life balance, we also like to use the same science-based and evidence-led philosophy that guides our work to uncover the best ways to improve our output and ensure everybody is given the best chance to succeed.

Job description

The HR Business Analyst is a high-profile role at the heart of the Agency’s efforts to develop and support their teams, leading our efforts to draw valuable insights out of our people data so that we can make strategic decisions that are guided by evidence.

Uncovering the best methods to provide the range and types of data that the business requires, the post holder will seek to build our data analysis capabilities, implementing tools and technology that will support our needs and enable the most piercing of insights.

Through the introduction of innovative analytical techniques, the successful candidate will shape the approach our HR teams take to analysis, digging up vital trends and identifying potential challenges so that we are able to better support the business in offering the people support that is needed in ways that will make a tangible difference.

You may already be in HR and act as data and analytical lead or a skilled analyst in another area of work who would like to move into Human Resources. If so this role may be a perfect fit for you. Strong communicators who can challenge the established way of doing things, working in close collaboration with others to create a robust approach to data analysis should 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:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • 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 behaviour and technical - 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:

• Ability to investigate, analyse, interpret, visualise, articulate, and solve data and information processing problems; identifying where separate data streams combine across differing parts of the People agenda

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. 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.
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A reserve list will be held for a period of 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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