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Intelligence Researcher

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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.
£26995 - £29776
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
31 May 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an Intelligence Researcher 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 Intelligence Researcher is a key role within the SFCIU structure, reporting to the Senior Intelligence Analyst the post holder will support the activities of the SFCIU by undertaking information and intelligence research activities and general support of the processes and procedures required for the SFCIU to work effectively.

The post-holder will support the analytical work and intelligence development activities being undertaken by the SFCIU and FSS in relation to Food Crime. They will do this by researching FSS databases, online open sources, utilising research tools and liaising with partners. They will be expected to assist in the production of analytical products, briefing documents and general assistance to the intelligence team in the development and processing of intelligence.

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. Evidence of having a curious, inquisitive and open mind, which shows an ability to seek and develop sources of information.
2. Evidence of excellent problem solving skills: being systematic, logical and analytical in approach to assessing situations.
3. Evidence of having excellent written and verbal skills and good attention to detail.
4. Evidence of managing substantial personal workloads with minimum supervision; prioritising and meeting tight deadlines and able to evidence self-motivation, working within a team and on own initiative, often under considerable time pressure.

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 Ross Clark by email at ross.clark@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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