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HR Business Partner

The Food Standards Agency (FSA)
We offer great flexible working opportunities, and have offices in Belfast, Cardiff or York.
£54,404 (National) £58,646 (London) Salary will be pro rata for part time working or job share
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

Job summary

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”. Our primary goal is to continue to protect public health and consumers’ wider interest in food. As we have now exited the EU the FSA faces a significant period of change and activity.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to become part of our excellent HR team. We are a diverse and multi-disciplinary team - constantly adapting and evolving to embrace new challenges, covering Business Partnering, Talent and Professions, Capability & Development, Business and People Services, Engagement and Reward, Recruitment and Resourcing and Organisational Development.

Job description

We are looking for an experienced and credible HR Business Partner to join us to work alongside and partner with senior leaders and their teams. It is essential that you can take a genuine interest in the business agendas of the directorate(s) you would support, interpreting and pragmatically deploying FSA and CS HR policy and best practice, that you can think on your feet, deliver at pace and are not fazed by juggling competing priorities.

These interventions include resourcing and strategic workforce planning, advising on organisational change, performance, capability, reward, engagement, diversity and inclusion and talent management.

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.


Membership of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (at least Associate level)

Technical skills

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

  • Up to date knowledge and experience of current and emerging employment law and best practice HR.


Lead criteria: Extensive experience of partnering with senior leadership teams to diagnose and facilitate the delivery of business focused strategic and tactical HR interventions, with seasoned confidence and resilience to support, challenge and secure the commitment of senior stakeholders.   

  • Experience of managing competing priorities and delivering at pace;
  • Experience of providing advice and guidance to managers on complex casework and employee relations matters;
  • Proven experience of persuading others and gaining agreement to delivering initiatives whilst being mindful of the cumulative impacts on the business (e.g. culture, structure, service and morale).


  • Experience of progressive HR practices and their implementation within a complex organization.
  • Experience of working in an Operations environment.

Expected Timeline

Advert closes: 3rd December

Sift: Expected to take place 4th December

Final panel interview: Expected to take place w/c 11th December.

Interviews will be held remotely via MS Teams.

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