We are currently seeking applications for a Head Veterinarian within Operational Delivery at Food Standard Scotland based anywhere in Scotland.
Everyone who works for FSS plays their part in our shared aims – safe food and healthy eating. We employ food safety, food standards and nutrition experts including scientists, front line inspectors, enforcement and policy delivery teams and administrators.
We are an Equal Opportunities employer and we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for people with disabilities who meet the minimum published criteria. We are a Disability Confident Employer and aim to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
We believe our workforce should reflect the people of Scotland. We treat all staff equally, irrespective of sex, marital status, age, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, working pattern, gender identity or caring responsibility. We employ people on the basis of their merit – their skills, aptitudes and attitude.
FSS take pride in developing our employees, and there are numerous opportunities within Scottish Government, of which we are an Executive Agency.
The Operational delivery branch is responsible for the delivery of Official Controls in FSS approved slaughterhouses, cutting plants and game handling establishments, the Scottish shellfish monitoring programme and issue of Export Health Certificates in meat plants and seafood certification hubs.
The Head Veterinarian (HV) provides technical leadership for FSS colleagues and stakeholders and is the source of definitive advice on Official Controls in FSS and reports to the Head of Operational Delivery. The HV will engage with external veterinary stakeholders including Chief Veterinary Officers, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, SG policy, FSA and academic institutions. They will be Head of Profession for veterinarians employed by FSS and will ensure CPD of Authorised Officers (AOs) is maintained and that development plans are developed and delivered.
The HV will contribute to non-veterinary policy matters as required and will deliver timely reports to FSS management and the Board as required.
The HV will manage a cost centre ensuring accurate financial reporting and commission veterinary related research. The HV will manage a range of technical portfolios, working closely with FSA and OGDs and lead publication of the Scottish Manual of Official Controls.
The minimum qualifications are: - must be member of RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) - must be qualified Official Veterinarian (Meat).
The above qualifications are required but Level 4 HACCP and Lead Auditor can be achieved after joining Food Standards Scotland.
Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.
1. Experience of the interpreting and applying food law related to meat Official Controls with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
2. Strong self-management and people management skills including the ability to manage challenging workloads and competing deadlines.
3. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build supportive and collaborative relationships with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of seniority.
4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work confidently to provide clear, competent and insightful advice.
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.
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For more information contact Sandy McDougall email email@example.com telephone 07776 172160.
Closing Date: 11 May 2021 midnight