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Senior Assurance Auditor

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Job summary

£38541 - £46599
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
24 November 2020 at midnight
IRC82250 E1
Employment Type
Permanent Employee


We are currently seeking applications for a Senior Assurance Auditor 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.

Article 6 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 requires that Competent Authorities shall carry out internal audits or have audits carried out on themselves and shall take appropriate measures in the light of the results of those audits, the Audit Assurance Branch delivers this function for FSS. In addition, the power to set standards, monitor and audit Local Authority food and feed law enforcement services was conferred on Food Standards Scotland by Sections 3 and 25 of the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 and Regulation 7 of The Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2009. FSS also carries out this function on behalf of Local Authorities who are designated Competent Authorities as detailed in Schedule 5 of The Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

Qualifications Required
For the Assurance Auditor position, one of the following qualifications is required:
• Environmental Health Officer or Food Safety Officer with an appropriate qualification recognised by REHIS/ EHRB or equivalent
• The post requires a Lead Auditor qualification (e.g. UKAS ISO courses, or IRCA certified training programmes for Lead Auditor roles).

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. A comprehensive and practical understanding of the legislation and official guidance relating to food law, and the regulatory systems for delivering official controls.
2. The ability to lead, work collaboratively and operate as an effective team member with strong analytical skills, and ability to assimilate new and technical information quickly, combined with good problem solving abilities.
3. The ability for presentation of complex ideas and information clearly and succinctly, including summarising issues effectively and formulating new ideas.
4. Proven organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise workload and balance competing demands to meet deadlines and ability to take responsibility for delivering results to a high quality within given timescales and with minimum supervision.

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 Marion McArthur who can be reached at Marion.Mcarthur@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 Skype for Business application downloaded.  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 Recruitment@gov.scot.

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