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Feed Officer

Job summary

Food Standards Scotland is a distinct legal entity and staff joining from other organisations will be issued with a new contract of employment. Food Standards Scotland is a Non-Ministerial Office, which is part of the Scottish Administration, employing staff on Scottish Government Main terms and conditions and pay arrangements. For more information please contact the Recruiting Manager named at the bottom of the advert.
£31266 - £35813
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
29 July 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for Feed Officers within Food Standards Scotland based in Aberdeen. These are permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Would you like to work for an organisation that really wants to make Scotland better?

Do you have ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with industry?

Can you demonstrate high-level of planning, and organisational skills, with a proven track record of working to deadlines?

If the answers to the above are yes, then this exciting opportunity to join the Scottish Government could be for you.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has a wide and diverse remit, encompassing policy, science and operational delivery across food and feed safety, standards and authenticity, together with diet and nutrition.

This is a an exciting time to work at FSS with the creation of a new Feed Delivery Branch. A Scottish Statutory Instrument, transferring competency for feed law functions to FSS from 1st April 2021 was laid before Parliament on 9 November 2020 and was signed off by the Minister on 24 December 2020.

From the transfer date  FSS has the authority to deliver feed official controls functions in Scotland and provide the option of delegating authority to local authorities (LAs) and other qualifying persons or bodies to carry out functions on our behalf.

The role will involve undertaking official control interventions at  feed businesses to verify compliance with feed law requirements, and auditing feed businesses to determine whether their food safety, feed safety or quality assurance systems are compliant with legal requirements.

The feed officer is expected to be able to provide reports of requirements and recommendations to businesses upon completion of inspection.

The role will require the officer to provide advice and respond to queries from across the stakeholder group on issues relating to feed law.

The role will deliver feed official controls within a given geographical area. Attendance at the FSS Head Office in Aberdeen will be required as necessary. The role will require occasional travel out with the designated field area  in support of responses to feed incidents across Scotland.

Candidates will deliver official control functions in one of two areas covering a geography encompassing LA areas from Dundee to South Lanarkshire . The posts are located at Pilgrim House, Aberdeen, and post holders will occasionally be required to attend the office.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Bands B and C, you must hold a minimum of 3 SCE Higher or A Level qualifications (grades A-C) with one being English.

Minimum of level 8 (Scotland) or Level 5 (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) qualification in feed, food or agriculture. The level 8 (Scotland) /Level 5 (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) qualification includes a diploma of higher education (DipHE) and higher national diploma (HND).

Auditing training or auditing experience.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience of working in animal feed, food or wider agricultural; sector and a willingness to train in enforcement matters.
2. An ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with industry, other government departments and external stakeholders.
3. A high-level of planning, and organisational skills, with a proven track record of working to deadlines and working with competing demands to deliver outcomes.
4. Strong report writing and presentation skills, with an ability to assess compliance, analysing evidence to articulate requirements, to businesses and wider stakeholders.

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 UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under 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

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Anna Liszka by email at anna.liszka@fss.scot.

To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested below via the online application process. These must be combined into one document as the system can only accept a single document upload per application.

A CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Add to your CV your personal statement (no longer than 750 words) explaining why you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience suitable for this role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit a single combined document (CV and personal statement) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds. 

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot.

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