Environmental Health Officer

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 5 (£31,385 - £37,053) per annum
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 27/04/2019 at 00:55 AM
Reference: RCET004RS

 We are looking for an experienced and qualified Environmental Health Officer/Food Safety Officer to join our small dynamic team.  You will be an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual with excellent interpersonal skills as well as sound judgement and knowledge of relevant legislation.

This post is an integral part of the Food and Safety Team, working within Environmental Health.  You will carry out food hygiene inspections,  carry-out complaint and infectious disease investigations, participate in sampling and undertake some port health work - taking appropriate enforcement action where required. Providing advice and guidance to our businesses will also form an integral part of your work.

Due to the nature of this role, you will also carry-out a range of interventions at a variety of workplaces, under health and safety at work legislation, including the investigation of complaints, accidents and dangerous occurrences. You will also be involved in other areas of work which includes special treatments.

You will support the delivery of the team’s work, including assisting other officers within the department, in areas relating to food safety, health & safety, port health, communicable disease control, special treatments and associated environmental health matters; including the preparation of any necessary reports, legal notices and briefing notes.

You will be required to produce prosecution files for offences, as appropriate, and give evidence in court when requested.

You must hold a full driving license and will require your own vehicle for business use.

We offer a flexible working environment within the team.

Applicants for this post must hold/have the following:

  • MSc, BSc (Hons) degree or diploma in Environmental Health or Higher Certificate in Food Control (or equivalent) and registered with the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHORB)
  • Recent, relevant, post-qualification regulatory experience within a local authority, including food hygiene inspections, interventions and investigations

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

For an informal discussion on this position please contact Nicola Wilson, Food and Safety Team Leader, on 01634 331349 or 07710 115326

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.


How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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