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Specialist Advisory Officer

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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.
£31266 - £35813
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
14 September 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Specialist Advisory Officer within Foods Standard 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 Office location for this post is Aberdeen, however other locations will be considered subject to negotiation.

The Regulatory Strategy team are responsible for a programme of work covering the full range of FSS regulatory functions: developing national food and feed policy in Scotland; promoting Scottish interests in negotiations on emerging food and feed law and international standards; regulatory implementation and decision making; operational delivery and enforcement; and assessing the performance of food and feed enforcement authorities in Scotland.

The Specialist Advisor Officer is a permanent position within the Regulatory Strategy programme to provide professional and technical support to the Programme Manager, Transformational Work Stream Managers and the wider Regulatory Strategy Programme. (RSP).

Essential Criteria
1. A proven track record of undertaking specialist work relating to Food Law, including project work with a background in Local Authority or similar regulatory discipline.
2. An ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. 
3. A high-level of analysis, evaluation 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 articulate risks, issues and benefits to all levels of the organisation 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 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
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 as well as a CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.    

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.  

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Christina Anthony by email on Christina.anthony@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.

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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