Principal Lead Officer

£38,168 to £40,081 per annum
23 Feb 2018
25 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Principal Lead Officer

(Req No.001337) Service Area / Directorate

Planning, Sustainable Development and Regulatory Services Salary and Grade

G8: £38,168 to £40,081 per annum


37 hours per week


Oxford - St Aldate's ChambersOxford City Council Building a world class city for everyone Career Opportunity

The role

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, innovative and dynamic Environmental Health Officer to take the role of technical lead in our Business Regulation Team who are responsible for a range of Environmental Health regulatory functions in commercial premises.

The successful candidate will primarily focus on food safety/health and safety enforcement. This will include delivery of the proactive inspection programmes, development of related projects and other commercial case work such as infectious disease investigation, nuisance and smoke free enforcement. The role also involves supporting and supervising a small team of specialist officers as well as providing managerial support to the Team Manager.

You will need to have a wide range of post qualification experience, including formal enforcement in food safety and health and safety and dealing with complex cases. Good working knowledge of current Environmental Health legislation together with problem solving, analytical and organisational skills are essential. As a confident and insightful communicator, you’ll be comfortable liaising with Councillors, internal and external customers as well as working with other partners to deliver a high quality service.

This post is ideal for someone looking to progress their career and develop their leadership skills in a challenging, yet rewarding environment.

About us

Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status. Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) ‘Excellence in Corporate Fraud’ winners 2016, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) ‘Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System’, and several ‘Team of the Year’ national and regional awards across our Service Areas. This builds on our previous success in achieving ‘Council of the Year’ in 2015.

With over 1,200 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide.

We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply

More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).

For further information and how to apply online, please visit

If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848 or 07483 011151 for Direct Services roles.

Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.

Closing Date: 25 March 2018

Late applications will not be processed Interview Date(s): 10 and 11 April 2018

For an informal discussion about the post please contact, Lesley Rennie on 01865 252836 or email

We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve so we welcome applicants from all communities. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any vacancies.

Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.


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