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Head of Enforcement Delivery

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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
Anywhere in Scotland
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
05 May 2021 at midnight
IRC87020 E
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for the Head of Enforcement Delivery within Food Standards Scotland based anywhere in Scotland. 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.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has a wide and diverse remit, encompassing policy, science and operational delivery across food and feed safety, standards and authenticity, together with diet and nutrition.

This post will sit within the new Local Authority Delivery Division and be responsible for supporting Local Authorities in delivering their Official Control functions in relation to food, leading on emergency exercises and food resilience functions for FSS and supporting FSS programmes of work related to EU Exit, Regulatory Strategy and Diet and Nutrition.

This post holder will be responsible for leading a team of 16 staff in managing all aspects of food law delivery undertaken by Local Authorities in Scotland. The post will have direct line management oversight for eight specialist B3 posts. The post holder will report to the Head Of Local Authority Delivery Division.

The job may be home-based although frequent attendance in the office in Aberdeen will be required. There will be some travel required within Scotland.

Qualifications Required
A qualified Environmental Health Officer or Food Safety Officer with an appropirate qualification recognised by REHIS/EHRB.

Must also have experience within food law enforecment.

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 understanding of emerging national and local developments in food law enforcement with a proven ability to work with Local Authority enforcement partners to deliver effective official controls.
2. Excellent leadership skills, with experience of leading others to successfully deliver programmes of work within and beyond organisational boundaries with the ability to set direction and manage priorities.
3. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with evidence of building good working relationships and commanding the confidence of stakeholders and Local Authority partners, with a proven ability to clearly articulate complex ideas and technical information.
4. Proven planning and organisational skills to respond effectively to the demands of a fast-paced and changing environment, with experience of developing, coaching and leading others to achieve objectives.

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

We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

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 Lorna Murray by email at Lorna.Murray@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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