Brook Street have an exciting new Opportunity!

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We are recruiting Executive Support Officers for the Food Standards Agency to work within their NI Operational Policy & Delivery Department.

The Role:

This is an excellent opportunity to work within the Public Sector and develop your career by contributing to the effective delivery of the Agency’s Operational Policy and Delivery Team working in Northern Ireland.

You will be responsible for

  • Policy relating to feed, primary production, meat, dairy and egg hygiene.
  • Operation delivery regarding feed, primary production, meat, dairy and egg hygiene.
  • Participating in internal and external meetings, providing secretariat when required.
  • Managing data, including existing databases, to provide reports and implement proposals.

The role requires a basic understanding of the workings of the NI and UK Government and training will be provided to develop:

  • Knowledge of food law and its implementation, and delivery of official controls in Northern Ireland;
  • Being conversant with the requirements of accountability to ministers and Civil Servants, and;
  • Experience in NI legislative procedures.

Person Specification:

As the Executive Support Officer, you will be expected to:

  • Produce consultation documents, Enforcement letters etc, and issue the relevant documentation to Northern Ireland stakeholders in line with FSA protocols and timescales, collating the responses.
  • Prepare Ministerial submissions within the set timescales.
  • Where appropriate, respond directly to enquiries from stakeholders and other Government Departments within the necessary timescales.
  • Liaise with Agency colleagues, local authorities, OGD’s and other external stakeholders involved in relevant areas, working collaboratively to gather and disseminate relevant information.
  • Participate in internal and external meetings, providing secretariat when required, disseminating information and building appropriate contacts.
  • Collate, interpret and analyse data, produce reports, implement proposals and ensure that, where relevant, information is published on the FSA website in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Manage existing databases and develop new ones as required in relation to the relevant policy areas.
  • Represent the Agency in Northern Ireland by attendance at seminars, workshops and events as required.

This is not an exhaustive list and there may be a need to flex and change depending on the needs of the business.

To apply for this post, you will have:

  • Hold a minimum of five GCSE passes (grades A*-C) or equivalent or higher and have a minimum of one year’s administrative experience in an office environment, including general office duties, word processing and practical use of computers OR have an NVQ Business Administration Level 1.
  • Be able to examine complex information and obtain further information to make accurate decisions
  • Excellent communications skills, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity and respect for others
  • The ability to take ownership of team and individual development by identifying capability needs and consistently achieving development objectives
  • Work with team to set priorities, create clear plans and manage all work to meet the needs of the customer and the business


In return for your work and commitment, working for this organisation can offer you some fantastic benefits: –

  • Working from Home 50% of the time
  • Full on the job training
  • Work with a leading Public Sector Organisation that promotes diversity and inclusiveness
  • Competitive rates of pay – £14.69 per hour, circa £28,263 per Annual
  • Accrue holiday hours as you work
  • Brook Street (UK) Ltd back-office support and mentoring
  • Monday to Friday – 37hrs per week

Brook Street are proud to support the Armed Forces Covenant and as such, we guarantee to interview all candidates who are veterans or spouses/partners of military personnel, and who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy.

As a Disability Confident Leader, and holder of the Gold Award status from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, Brook Street, as a supplier to the Public Sector Resourcing Framework (PSR), will offer you a guaranteed interview with a PSR Sourcer.

Should you identify as a candidate with a disability and/or as a veteran or spouse/partner of military personnel and meet all the essential criteria for the role, we encourage you to reach out to us via the Brook Street website. Here you will find a link to register your interest and state the role that you are interested in. We are committed to engaging with you. 

In cases where we have a high volume of ex-military candidates/military spouses/partners, who meet all the essential criteria, Brook Street will interview the best candidates from within that group.

A Basic DBS check will be completed at the point of Onboarding so if you would like to apply for this role please email your CV via the “apply” link.

Job Tenure: Contract and Full-Time
Salary: Up to £14.69 per hour
Location: Belfast,

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