Agriculture Recruitment – Senior Technical Officer

Website AWE

Job Description:

The Imported Food Section administers the Imported Food Control Act 1992 which supports the inspection and testing of imported food to verify its safety and compliance with Australia’s food standards. The section is responsible for verifying food safety risks have been managed through the at-border risk-based, Imported Food Inspection Scheme. The section also responds to, and supports, Australian action on food safety incidents associated with imported food. The section provides technical and administrative support to officers responsible for assessing and processing electronic entries of food consignments and conducting inspections of food imported into Australia. The section also liaises with food importers, peak industry groups, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), state/territory food regulators, laboratories and trading partners.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Providing technical advice to importers, operational staff and other stakeholders on imported food matters.
  • Contributing to the development of documented procedures and work instructions for Canberra based and operational staff to ensure requirements are applied consistently.
  • Implementing and reviewing analytical tests applied to imported food.
  • Developing, implementing and reviewing policy that provides assurance on the safety and compliance of imported food.
  • Managing requirements for the profiling of imported food; investigating referral issues and assisting with the design of the electronic profiles.
  • Contributing to section reporting, including using Power BI to develop reports and analyse data.
  • Assisting with the management of the electronic systems that support the operation of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS), including managing system updates to support implementation of changes to the referral, assessment and inspection of imported food.
  • Engaging and managing key stakeholder relationships within and outside the department.
  • Preparing draft reports, policy documents, briefing papers, ministerial and general correspondence and industry notices.

Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied to complex policy development, and capacity to provide advice on this work
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise and articulate written communication. This may include written materials such as guidance on regulatory requirements, briefing papers and policy documents.
  • Communicating complex technical and operational requirements to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Strong verbal communication skills with the ability and experience to deliver clear, concise messages to a diverse range of stakeholders and listen and respond to stakeholder views.
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective team member to deliver outcomes in line with objectives of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.
  • Ability to foster productive working relationships with government and non-government stakeholders.

Job Details:

Company: AWE

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location:  Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, AU

Application Deadline: N/A

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