Job description    2021-02-23

We are currently seeking applications for a Media Preparation Officer within Agricultural and Rural Economy Directorate based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

This post sits within the Business and Support Services Team which is part the Agricultural and Rural Economy Directorate's SASA division. The team undertake a range of activities such as corporate support, finance management and quality assurance on behalf of SASA. SASA provides scientific services and advice in support of Scotland's agriculture and wider environment. It also provides services in food safety, wildlife management and crime whilst providing specialist advice to Scottish Ministers. SASA and its testing services are accredited to both ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 17025:2017, ensuring all work on site is quality controlled and meets expected standards of customers. The post of Media Preparation Officer is solely responsible for the management and provision of the Media Preparation Service at SASA.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1–3) or Ordinary Grades (A-C) including English and a numerical subject.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience in laboratory practice, aseptic techniques and media production.
2. Experience of working within a Quality Management System.
3. Proven organisational skills and a methodical approach to work.
4. Good knowledge of Health and Safety and Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
UK nationalsnationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKsnationals of the Republic of Irelandnationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Servicerelevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Servicecertain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Susan Ross at susan.ross@sasa.gov.scot.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

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