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Senior Assurance Auditor

Job summary

£39312 - £47065
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
28 September 2021 at midnight
IRC88659 E
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Senior Assurance Auditor within the Audit Assurance Division for 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 Audit Assurance Branch delivers the requirements of Article 6 of retained Regulation (EU) 2017/625 amended which 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. 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.

The main purpose of this role is to audit the delivery of food and feed law by both FSS and all of Scotland's Local Authorities and provide assurance that both FSS and Local Authorities are meeting their statutory obligations. The post holder will undertake audit activities, including onsite visits to gain assurance on delivery of food and feed law enforcement services by Local Authorities and other delivery bodies. In doing this, they will ensure that reliable and robust information and evidence on competent authority performance is gathered, collated, assessed, analysed and reported, and made available to inform central FSS policy and decision making, as appropriate. In addition, they will identify and agree any necessary improvements with senior officials and ensuring service shortfalls are effectively addressed.

The assurance auditor will develop and maintain excellent working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders including FSA & LAs.

Qualifications Required

Environmental Health Officer or Food Safety Officer with an appropriate qualification recognised by REHIS/ EHRB or equivalent

In addition the post also 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.

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. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Tony Sykes by email at Tony.Sykes@fss.scot.

Other locations; Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayr, Dumfries; would be suitable subject to negotiation.

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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