Head of Animal Welfare – Food standards agency

This role can be based from FSA offices in London, York Birmingham or Cardiff and is available as office based, multi-location or home-based. Frequent travel required to main offices in London, York and Belfast and to food business locations across the country.
About the job
The FSA is a non-ministerial department of over 1300 people, with a big vision – to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food we can trust” - as the country prepares to leave the EU, the scale of this challenge cannot be underestimated. More than 90% of food and feed law in the UK currently comes from Europe and our primary goal is to continue to protect public health and UK consumers’ wider interest in food.

As someone with pride and passion for public service, you’ll recognise the wider Civil Service priorities and always work in the national interest. You’ll seek out opportunities to create effective change and suggest innovative ideas for improvement. You’ll use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. You’ll value difference, diversity and inclusion, ensuring fairness and opportunity for all.
Job description
The Regulatory Delivery and Operational Transformation Division (RDOT) is a key part of FSA Operations and is responsible for leading a geographically dispersed team of 50 staff responsible for safeguarding animal welfare in slaughterhouses, delivery of the Veterinary Audit programme and approval of meat and dairy establishments and leadership of the Operational Transformation Delivery Programme, which is a crucial element of the FSA’s strategic transformation programme – Regulating Our Future(RoF).
Animal Welfare continues to be one of the highest consumer concerns and the FSA have raised the standards of welfare in slaughterhouses through the successful development and delivery of our “Deter, Prevent, Detect, Enforce” animal welfare strategy. We now need to rise to the challenge of improving standards further as we exit the EU and deliver Ministerial aspirations to make UK a world leader in animal welfare standards.

As a key priority we need to successfully implement legislative changes in slaughterhouses by December 2019 and continuing to integrate our Animal Welfare work into a single, integrated programme responsible for all aspects of animal welfare, strategy, design, operational delivery and technical activity.

Closing date: 08/09/2019

Further information can be found here.