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Head Veterinarian

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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.
£47504 - £59229
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
29 October 2019 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Head Veterinarian within Food Standards Scotland based in Aberdeen. This is a 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.

The Head Veterinarian provides technical leadership for FSS colleagues and stakeholders and will be the source of definitive advice on meat Official Controls in FSS and reports to the Head of Operational Delivery.

The Head Veterinarian will engage with external veterinary stakeholders including Chief Veterinary Officers, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Institute of Food Science and Technology, SG policy, FSA and various academic institutions and will lead the continuous improvement of FSS veterinary competence working closely with FSS policy leads.

Qualifications Required
For the Head Veterinarian, membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is required and authorisation as a meat Official Veterinarian is required.

Lead Auditor and Level 4 HACCP qualifications are desirable and will need to be obtained within 6 months of appointment.

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 the interpreting and applying food law related to meat Official Controls with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
2. Strong self-management and people management skills including the ability to manage challenging workloads and competing deadlines.
3. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build supportive and collaborative relationships with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of seniority.
4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work confidently to provide clear, competent and insightful advice.

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 apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Sandy McDougall who can be reached at sandy.mcdougall@fss.scot or on 07776 172160.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 0131 244 9252 or via recruitment@gov.scot.


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