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Senior Compliance Officer

Reference number: ICA20J-022004-000027
Selection process number: 20-ICA-WEST-OE-VAR-BCAF-051
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Burnaby, Victoria, Parksville and Kelowna (British Columbia)
Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Indeterminate, Secondment, Specified Period
$62,018 to $82,798 (Salary under review)

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Closing date: 4 August 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

In your application, please identify the legal status which entitles you to work in Canada - Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit. You will be asked to show proof of this status in order to complete the security screening required for employment. Failure to provide this information will eliminate your application from further consideration.

Individuals without Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or an open or CFIA-specific work permit will only be considered if all other applicants with legal status to work in Canada are determined to be not qualified.


Plans, leads and conducts assessments and audits as well as consumer complaint and food safety investigations and recalls. Provides operational scientific information to regulated parties and inspection staff to verify compliance with Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations and other federal government legislation.

Responsibilities :
• applying scientific and technical expertise in leading complex food safety investigations;
• determining and delivering risk management options;
• planning, organizing and conducting risk-based audits of food importers and food manufacturing operations;
• coordinating, monitoring and verifying the recall of unsafe or non-compliant food;
• enforcing compliance with Federal legislation related to food;
• managing delivery of specific food safety related projects; and provides scientific, technical and regulatory information, advice and training, as required, to internal and external stakeholders.

Work environment

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Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to create a qualified pool to be used to staff Senior Compliance Officers in the Burnaby, Victoria, Parksville and Kelowna BC offices with various tenures (indeterminate, acting and/or assignment) which could include full time permanent or temporary positions with the Agency.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

• Bachelor’s degree in a natural, physical or applied science from a recognized postsecondary institution, with an acceptable specialization in a scientific field relevant to the duties of the position. Specializations can include: Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Science, Nutrition, Life Sciences, Food Technology, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany and Applied Biology

Applicants submitting education credentials from a non-Canadian institution are responsible for obtaining certification that these credentials are the equivalent of the Canadian education level required for the position.

Degree equivalency

• EEx1: Experience* conducting food inspections or audits.
• EEx2: Experience* interpreting food legislation, regulations, policies or procedures.

*Inspection - A scheduled or triggered event (complaint, positive sample, or other) requiring the individual to collect and analyse relevant data, inspect on-site activities, sample, test, draw conclusions, conduct root cause analysis, develop, monitor and/or verify effectiveness of corrective actions, generate and/or maintain documentation and communicate as required.

*Audit - A food safety audit which is a systematic, independent and documented activity in which objective evidence is gathered and assessed to determine if a food safety system is appropriate and effective and in compliance with the standard.

*Experience - the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed complex activities for a minimum of 2 years. Experience will be evaluated in regards to amount, complexity and diversity of work handled, and level of autonomy demonstrated. Candidates must provide clear and specific examples within their application.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

• AEx1: Experience* in food manufacturing facilities or food importers with responsibility for quality control, quality assurance, food safety or regulatory compliance.
• AEx2: Experience* in CFIA inspection activities within the Food Business Line
• AEx3: Experience* in Food related inspection activities and enforcement of relevant legislation outside of the CFIA (ie. Federal, Provincial, Territorial or Municipal).

* Experience - the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed complex activities for a minimum of 2 years. Experience will be evaluated in regards to amount, complexity and diversity of work handled, and level of autonomy demonstrated. Candidates must provide clear and specific examples within their application.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

• EK1: Knowledge of the principles of food safety, food import, and legislation enforced by the CFIA.

• EC1: Analytical Ability / Thinking Skills
• EC2: Interpersonal Skills
• EC3: Decision Making / Judgement
• EC4: Initiative
• EC5: Ability to Work In a Team
• EC6 Oral Communication
• EC7: Written Communication

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Applicants who have not lived in Canada for the past five (or ten, depending on security level) years may be required to submit a police certificate from each country in which they have lived for six months or more during this period, as well as other documentation required for the security screening process. Failure to submit this documentation if requested will eliminate the application from further consideration.

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment from the pool:
• Adherence to the CFIA Code of Conduct.
• Adherence to the CFIA Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Policy.
• Compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
• Legal status to accept employment for the entire period of employment.

Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment from the pool:
• Medical suitability: Pass a Pre-placement Health Evaluation and Periodic Health Evaluation.
• Willing and able to be vaccinated and demonstrate a protective titre for e.g.: tuberculosis, rabies, influenza.
• Use of all prescribed safety materials, equipment, clothing and devices.
• Willingness to abide by strict biosecurity protocols.
• Willing and able to work in environmentally challenging or physically demanding conditions and with pathogens and with potential allergens.
• Willing and available to work shifts.
• Willing and available to work irregular hours (e.g., nights, weekends, statutory holidays).
• Willing and available to travel.
• Willing and available to work overtime.
• Willing to be transferred to another position.
• Willing and able to travel in small boats and/or small planes.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Assume responsibility for making transportation arrangements to get to diverse and distant work sites in a timely and efficient manner.

Other information

1. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

2. Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this selection process.

a) You are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of your choice.

b) You must submit your application online through GC Jobs :

c) For this selection process, the CFIA will communicate with you by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this selection process. You must ensure that you check your email account including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. If you respond past the deadline you risk being removed from the selection process.

d) Applicants who are screened in to this selection process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this selection process.

e) Depending on the number of applicants, CFIA's needs and CFIA HR plans, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates. Should a volume management strategy be used, communication regarding the application of the strategy will be provided to those candidates who are impacted.

f) During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the selection process.

g) For more information on how to apply to a CFIA selection process, please visit:

h) You will be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the process.

i) Your ability to communicate effectively in writing will be assessed via the application.

j) All written and verbal communication obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidate.


We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Matthew Miyagawa, Inspection Manager
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