Food Safety Auditor

EFTA Surveillance Authority

Food Safety Auditor

EFTA Surveillance Authority

Brussels, Belgium

The 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, employing 66 established staff members representing 18 different 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.

Job Reference: 15/2019

Role Description:

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.

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

The following are essential:

  • 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.

The following are desirable:

  • 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 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 €93 500 and €98 500 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: 29 September 2019 (midnight CET);
  • Interviews: October 2019;
  • Start date: As soon as possible.

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, Head of HR on +32 (0)2 286 1832/

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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