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Senior Advisory Lawyer

Employer
Food Standards Agency
Location
Belfast, Cardiff, London or York
Salary
£72,072
Closing date
10 Dec 2023
Reference
328453

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is a small government department with a big mission: to keep food safe, ensure that it is what it says it is, and increasingly healthy and more sustainable. Legislation has an influential role in our work; defining our powers, shaping our methods and enabling us to develop and evolve our practices, proposing new policies and guidance that build our capabilities to keep food safe.

We have an opportunity for a Senior Advisory Lawyer to provide leadership and management and offer high-quality legal advice around the organisation’s powers and duties, as set out in a broad and sometimes complex legislative framework. From identifying issues and problem-solving to engaging with the production of secondary legislation that will support and enhance the FSA’s work, this is a role that will put you at the heart of our legal team.

Job description

As part of the Legal Services management team, you will help to collaboratively lead the Legal team and the directorate, looking for ways to improve and develop our work and processes. Leading on your areas (expected to include our work on Regulated Products) you’ll lead, manage and develop a small team of lawyers, offering coaching and support as needed.

If you are experienced in offering your sound legal judgement to weigh in on potentially complex issues, and can communicate these ideas to those around you, this may be the role for you. The Senior Advisory Lawyer will have the ability to contribute to the wellbeing of the public and safety of food in the UK, using their skills to support our vital work.

Person specification

Please read the attached Candidate Pack to discover further details about the role, our organisation, who we are looking for and the criteria we will assess against during the selection process.

We look forward to receiving your application and wish you every success.

Qualifications Please confirm that you meet the following Technical requirements of the role.
• You must be entitled to practise in England and Wales under the rules of the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Bar Standards Board.
• You must have successfully completed all stages of your training contract (solicitors) or pupillage (barristers). Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Benefits Alongside your salary of £72,072, Food Standards Agency contributes £18,802 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides. Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. Please also refer to the attached Terms and Conditions statement. Things you need to know Selection process details This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

    Full details of the selection process are detailed in the attached candidate pack. 

    Application and shortlisting

    You will be asked to provide personal details (not seen by the Panel) and to confirm your eligibility to apply for the role.

    Technical: You will be asked a question to confirm that you meet the Technical requirements of the role. 

    • You must be entitled to practise in England and Wales under the rules of the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Bar Standards Board.
    • You must have successfully completed all stages of your training contract (solicitors) or pupillage (barristers).

    If you cannot answer yes to this question – you will not be able to proceed further with your application.

    You will then be asked to complete an application which will be used to assess you against the following essential and desirable criteria. (Desirable criteria will only be assessed in

    the event of a tie between candidates).

    Experience

    Essential

    • Lead criteria: Proven and extensive experience of giving legal advice with sound legal judgement and appreciation of legal risk – with an ability to interpret, explain and communicate key issues, ensuring all factors (such as political or media sensitivities) are considered when providing advice.
    • A track record of understanding and applying the main features of public law – with the ability to identify and apply public law principles (e.g., judicial review, human rights, devolution).
    • Experience of providing sound legal direction to a team and taking responsibility for the professional work of the team.

    Desirable

    • Experience of food or feed law.

    Lead Criteria An initial sift may take place on just the identified Lead Criteria indicated.

    In the event that we receive a large number of applications, the minimum pass mark for the Lead Criteria may be raised at shortlisting stage. Candidates who apply under the DCS, GPTW or RIS schemes and meet the minimum requirements will be unaffected by the pass mark raise.

    Interview

    If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to a final interview in which we will assess you against the following Experience requirements of the role and Civil Service Behaviours Level 4.

    Behaviours (Full details of the positive indicators being assessed for each Behaviour can be found in the Candidate Pack)

    • Leadership
    • Delivering at Pace
    • Working Together

    Experience

    • Extensive experience of giving legal advice with sound legal judgement and appreciation of legal risk – with an ability to interpret, explain and communicate key issues, ensuring all factors (such as political or media sensitivities) are considered when providing advice.
    • Experience of providing sound legal direction to a team and taking responsibility for the professional work of the team.

    As part of the interview process, you will be asked to undertake an exercise to assess the Experience criteria.  Further information will be provided to you on the invitation to interview email.

    Expected Timeline

    Advert closes: 10 December 2023

    Sift: Expected to take place during week commencing 11 December 2023

    Final panel interview: Expected to take place during week commencing 8 January 2024

    Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams. (If you do not have the Microsoft Teams application installed on your computer, you can join on the web without installing the application.)

    Security Clearance

    Appointment will be subject to the candidate having, or being able to achieve, National Security Vetting at Security Check level. For full details on the requirement and processes for National Security Vetting, copy and paste this URL into your browser or click on the link in the candidate pack: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/security-vetting-and-clearance

    Please note that candidates need to be resident in the UK for a minimum of 5 years to be eligible to apply for SC Clearance.

    The FSA is dedicated to a policy of equal opportunity for all.

    Being truly reflective of our society and building a culture where everyone can perform at their best is critical to the work of the FSA. We are looking to recruit from the widest possible talent pool and encourage candidates to apply from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer and are committed to ensuring that all 

    candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment and selection process and beyond. All appointments are made on merit.

    Please be assured that diversity or socio–economic information requested during the course of your application plays absolutely no part in our selection processes and is not seen by anyone assessing applications.  Any information provided is anonymised and used for statistical purposes only.

    We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.

    Childcare Vouchers

    Any move to the Food Standards Agency from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare.

    Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

    Reserve List

    A reserve list will be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

    Candidates that do not pass the interview, but have demonstrated an acceptable standard may be considered for similar roles at a lower grade.

    Visa Sponsorship

    Please note that the FSA does not hold a licence to sponsor any visa applications and we are unable to provide any advice about visas.

    Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment. Security Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check. Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

    See our vetting charter (opens in a new window). People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks. Nationality requirements

    This job is broadly open to the following groups:

    • UK nationals
    • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
    • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
    • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
    • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
    • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
    • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
    Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) Working for the Civil Service The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

    We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window). The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy. Apply and further information This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative. Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records. Contact point for applicants Job contact :
  • Name : James Robinson
  • Email : james.robinson@food.gov.uk
  • Recruitment team
  • Email : hr.recruitment.campaigns@food.gov.uk
  • Further information If you wish to raise a complaint then please email hr.recruitment.campaigns@food.gov.uk in the first instance.

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