An exciting opportunity has arisen in Medway Council’s Environmental Health (Food and Safety) team for a dynamic person to manage and lead the team of dedicated professionals.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Environmental Health officer with excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgement to lead this team and deliver on Medway’s statutory duties. We offer a flexible working environment and this is an opportunity to bring new ideas to the table, inspire and lead the team to influence how the service is best delivered.
You will meet the requirements to be Medway’s Lead Food Officer (In line with current Food Standard’s Agency requirements), and will lead on design and delivery of the service plan, budget monitoring, allocating work, managing the team in its responsibilities relating to food safety, health & safety, port health, communicable disease control, licensing and associated environmental health matters.
You will oversee the food hygiene and standards inspection program, Covid Track and Trace, complaints, infectious disease investigations and sampling - taking appropriate enforcement action where required. Providing advice and guidance to our businesses will also form an integral part of your work.
You will also manage a team of suitably qualified officers who inspect a variety of workplaces, under legislation relating to health and safety at work, including the investigation of complaints, accidents and dangerous occurrences.
This is an excellent career development opportunity for the right candidate. Graduate Environmental Health Officers and/or those returning to the profession are welcome to apply (provided the essential criteria are met). Experience of team leading and supervising officers is essential.
You must hold a full driving licence and will require your own vehicle for business use.
This post is a full time role.
Applicants for this post must hold/have the following:
- A relevant degree in Environmental Health (or equivalent) plus EHRB registration.
- Recent, relevant, 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
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.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Sarah Valdus on 01634 331597.
Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.
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.