Food Safety Auditor

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority
  • 12/10/2018
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EFTA Surveillance Authority


The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.

ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 500 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.

ESA is based in Brussels. It currently employs 76 staff members of 19 nationalities.  ESA is led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years by the three participating EFTA States.

Deadline for applications28-10-2018Job Reference17/2018


ESA is recruiting an officer in the Internal Market Affairs (IMA) Directorate to work as an auditor in the field of food and feed safety, animal health and welfare. The successful candidate will be assigned responsibilities related to the application of the relevant EEA legislation in Iceland and Norway. Depending on workload and other requirements, the responsibilities may also cover case handling relating to the same, or other, areas of EEA Law.

The successful candidate will join the IMA Directorate, which is responsible for monitoring the EEA EFTA States to ensure that they comply with their obligations in the field of internal market law.  This position sits within IMA’s Food Safety Unit.

We are looking for a well-qualified candidate with at least 5 years’ relevant experience from the public and/or private sector. Experience of leading audits in an international context would be advantageous but is not essential. 

Additional qualified candidates may also be considered for vacancies foreseen in the Directorate over the next 12-18 months.  


  • Master’s degree in veterinary science or other sciences related to the field of food and feed safety, animal health and animal welfare
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant professional experience
  • Substantial experience in preparing and conducting audits, drafting of audit reports and follow-up of the results of such audits
  • Experience of project management and leading audit teams
  • Knowledge of EEA legislation related to food and feed safety, animal health and welfare
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (the working language of the Authority)
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a team in an international environment
  • Ability to travel, primarily to the EEA EFTA States, depending on the tasks assigned


  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the functioning of the EEA Agreement and the EEA EFTA States
  • Relevant professional experience involving the institutions of the EU, the EEA and/or the EEA EFTA States
  • Knowledge of the relevant industries within the EEA EFTA States (e.g. aquaculture and fisheries)
  • Good understanding of Norwegian or Icelandic (the relevant EEA EFTA languages).
  • Experience of leading audits in an international context


This position will be filled in accordance with ESA’s policy on Recruitment Policy available at:  Former ESA staff members are eligible to apply provided the closing date is at least three years after their departure date. In exceptional circumstances, this requirement may be waived. The three-year requirement does not apply in the case of applications from current or former ESA temporary staff, trainees and seconded national experts. Current and former EFTA Secretariat and EFTA Court staff may apply for positions in ESA at any time.

The position is placed at grade A4 of ESA’s salary scale, the precise step being determined depending on the relevant experience of the successful candidate, with a likely starting salary of between €92 000 and €96 800 per annum. Depending on personal situation and family status, additional allowances and benefits may apply. Tax conditions are favourable.

Type and duration of appointment: fixed-term contract of three years, renewable for a further three years if desirable and in the interest of ESA.  Applicants must be nationals of the States party to the EEA Agreement (EU 28 + EEA EFTA 3).  Applications from EEA EFTA nationals are particularly encouraged.

ESA actively seeks to promote a healthy work/life balance and a working environment allowing its staff members to develop their professional skills and interests.                                  

Application process:

-          All applications must be made online at:

-          Deadline for applications: 28 October 2018 (midnight CET)

-          Interviews: November 2018

-          Start date: January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

Applications submitted in response to this vacancy notice may also be taken into account for the purpose of filling other vacancies arising for similar positions within ESA. 

Questions regarding the post may be addressed to Karl Karlsson, IMA Deputy Director on +32 (0)2 286 1881 /

Questions regarding the recruitment process may be addressed to Kathryn Bryan, Senior HR Officer on +32 (0)2 286 1832 /

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