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Head of Field Operations

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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.
£49420 - £61617
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
15 June 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Head of Field Operations 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.

Home working may be considered for this postion, however, there is expected travel around the U.K.

The Operational delivery branch is responsible for the delivery of Official Controls in FSS approved slaughterhouses, cutting plants and game handling establishments in Scotland, the Scottish shellfish monitoring programme and the issue of Export Health Certificates in meat plants and seafood certification hubs. The Head of Field Operations (HFO) provides leadership for FSS colleagues and stakeholders in the delivery of Official Controls and reports to the Head of Operational Delivery (HOD).
- The HFO will engage with external stakeholders including FSA, Senior representatives of the Scottish Meat Industry, FSA Operational leads and other relevant stakeholders and will lead the continuous improvement of the delivery of Official Controls in areas.
- The HFO will lead and direct operational input to FSS policy and will deliver timely reports to FSS management and the Board as required.
- The HFO will lead recruitment and retention activity and deliver a programme of training new staff.
- The HFO will manage a team of Operations Managers and 4 cost centres, ensuring timely and accurate reporting of forecasts and expenditures.
- The HFO will be the source of advice for all corporate matters impacting on the operational teams and leads the consistent application of FSS policies.
- The HFO will network widely across FSS, building relationships with senior managers and participating fully in working groups and initiatives.

The post holder will play a key part in the development of management teams and will continue the implementation of a new structure, providing strategic direction in the development of non-technical training for staff. The post holder will be responsible for outcomes and performance management as monitored through a KPI framework of geographically dispersed operational teams, establishing objectives which meet the needs of the FSS strategic plan, ensuring the service is delivered to a consistent standard throughout Scotland and that the team continuously develops and grows.

Would you like to work for an organisation that really wants to make Scotland better? - Do you have strong self-management and people management skills? - Can you demonstrate strong interpersonal skills? If the answers to the above are yes, then this exciting opportunity to join the Scottish Government could be for you.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.
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. Strong self-management and people management skills including the ability to manage challenging workloads and competing deadlines across a geographically dispersed workforce.
2. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build supportive and collaborative relationships with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of seniority.
3. Strong track record of performance management and performance improvement.
4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work confidently to provide clear, competent and insightful advice.

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
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 McDougal at Sandy.McDougall@fss.scot.

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.

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


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