This page has all the information you need on job opportunities at Food Standards Scotland.

This page has all the information you need on job opportunities at Food Standards Scotland.

  • Working for Food Standards Scotland
  • Competencies
  • Writing competency examples
  • Search and apply for our vacancies

Working for Food Standards Scotland

Everyone who works with us 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 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.


As part of the Civil Service, Food Standards Scotland recruits staff using a competency-based application and interview process.

You will be asked to demonstrate your competency for the specific role using short statements defining the behaviour and actions needed to perform well in a particular job. Different job grades require different competency levels. You are strongly advised to review the Civil Service Competency Framework before applying for a job in the Civil Service

Writing competency examples

In completing the application form, or at interview, you will be asked to demonstrate how your previous experience shows that you can meet the competency levels required. For each of the competencies relevant to the post you are interested in, you must provide a written example demonstrating how you meet the required skill level for the position.

You must choose examples that to describe specific things you did, not what your team did or what your work area did. A useful way to approach writing competency examples is the STAR approach:

  • Situation – briefly describe the context and your role.
  • Task – the specific challenge, task or job that you faced.
  • Action – what you did, how and why you did it.
  • Result – what you achieved through your actions.

For more information on writing competency examples, you can visit the Civil Service Learning website.

Search and apply for vacancies

Applications for roles at Food Standards Scotland are administered through the Work for Scotland website.