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Term: Full time, 38 hours per week.

Salary range: $100,000 to $120,000 + 10.5% superannuation

Location: Remote

  1. Senior Assessor for the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme, leading and providing technical and professional support to Assessors working directly with farmers to evaluate the implementation of RSPCA’s Standards
  2. Front line role representing RSPCA Approved.
  3. An opportunity to influence the further development of farm animal welfare and assurance in Australia
  4. Extensive travel within Australia



The Role

Our Assessors share the animal welfare values and ethics of the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme and are experienced farmers or audit/compliance professionals. The Senior Assessor will lead and develop the assessment team and be a pivotal figure contributing to the future of RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme programs.

This role reports to the Manager - RSPCA Australia Certification Body and is integral to the operations of the Certification Body, which conducts all assessment and certification processes of participants seeking RSPCA Approved certification on behalf of the Scheme. The Certification Body conducts over 1200 assessments a year, working directly with over 500 farms across a range of animal production industries.

The Certification Body office is in the ACT and our certification team, that coordinate assessments and administer the certification process, works from here. Our Assessors are based in all states and operate from their own home-office but travel extensively and work across the country; the Senior Assessor role is also able to be based in any location but will travel often and work periodically from our ACT office.

Most assessments are conducted as part of our Poultry programs but Assessors with relevant expertise or interest also work on our Pig or Atlantic Salmon programs. Our Assessors conduct assessments at farms and abattoirs to evaluate conformance with the requirements of RSPCA standards in accordance with the Certification Body’s quality procedures. The Senior Assessor is responsible for ensuring compliance with existing quality processes whilst also routinely reviewing and developing these to meet the operational needs of the organisation.




The Person

To be successful in this role you should have commercial livestock production experience at management, technical or quality assurance levels, or have demonstrated competency in auditing, farm assurance, quality assurance, or similar fields.

You should have excellent administrative, managerial, and relationship building skills and a demonstrated focus on your own continual professional development. The successful applicant must be able to travel extensively for work purposes for extended periods and be resilient, and ready to take initiative and focus on objectives and delivery in the face of changing demands and conditions.

You should be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, in particular Excel, Outlook and the Teams environment and have the ability to quickly learn new programs; high level data management and analytical skills are necessary prerequisites for this position.

You will work largely independently and to be successful in this role you must be self-reliant, be able to administer and plan your own workload, and have strength of character that allows you to act responsibly even though these actions may not always be popular.

Whilst you will come to this role with existing expertise and experience there are extensive opportunities for further personal and professional development.




About RSPCA Australia

RSPCA Australia, as the federation’s national body, is a leading source of animal welfare science, and works with governments and industries to progress animal welfare across a range of issues. In addition, RSPCA Australia runs the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme, which works with farmers and brands to improve the lives of millions of farm animals.

The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme is Australia’s leading farm animal welfare certification program. We work closely with farmers to make a positive impact on the lives of farm animals by setting higher welfare Standards for Producers to achieve, which we verify through our robust assessment and certification process. Millions of hens, pigs, chickens, turkeys and salmon benefit each year from better farm conditions as a result of the work we do.

The Senior Assessor works for the RSPCA Certification Body which is an independent body that sits within the Scheme and is responsible for assessment and certification activities for each of the Scheme’s Programs.




Benefits of Working with RSPCA Australia

As you might expect, RSPCA is an organisation of people committed to Animal Welfare and this flows through into the type of workplace we all work hard to create – one that is supportive, challenging and friendly – and one driven by strong values of fairness and inclusion. We work hard to protect animals and meet the needs of our clients, but we don’t put unreasonable pressure on ourselves to meet meaningless demands or targets. We are a nice group of people, driven by our values and we think we are a great place to spend your working week.

Whilst the Senior Assessor role will work remotely, they won’t work in isolation. Much of their time will be spent with our Assessors in the field, training, supporting and conducting witness audits. At least twice each year all of the team meets together for training, recalibration and team bonding and the Senior Assessor will play a large coordinating role for these occasions. The Senior Assessor will work very closely with the Manager – RSPCA Certification Body and especially at the start of their career with us as they undergo intensive training and introductions to each Scheme programs and the participating farms and businesses.




How to Apply 

Applications must be submitted by email to recruitment@rspca.org.au with the following:

  1. Your detailed resume and up to date contact details
  2. A covering letter that provides more specific information that addresses the key components of the selection criteria listed below (see the Position Description for further guidance):
  • Your technical expertise
  • Examples of your innovation, personal drive and creative thinking
  • Examples of how you achieve results
  • How you have supported productive working relationships
  • How you have been an influential communicator

If you are short-listed for an interview – either face to face or by telephone – we will ask you for the best referees you have that are available and able to describe you at work. 




Further Information 

If you have specific questions that are not covered by the information above, call our office on (02) 62828300 to speak with Rick Butler or send an email to recruitment@rspca.org.au

For further information regarding RSPCA Australia go to www.rspca.org.au and for further information regarding RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme go to www.rspcapproved.org.au

Applications close on 8th February 2023 

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