Principal Environmental Health Officer
Principal Environmental Health Officer
Group: Residents Services
Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW
£38,040 - £41,847
Hillingdon Council: Putting our residents first.
About the job
We are inviting applications from dedicated, passionate and highly motivated Environmental Health Officers with unflagging enthusiasm who can work on their own initiative and are ready to adapt to future ways of working.
We are a busy service ready to welcome you to our Food, Health and Safety Team. You will work on inland food law enforcement and health and safety regulation as part of a Food and Safety Regulation Service, which also has responsibility for import controls carried out at London Heathrow Airport.
You will be located in the bustling town of Uxbridge on the fringes of West London with tube and bus connections, shopping and recreational facilities all nearby. Further nearby transport links include the M25 M40 and M4.
Your duties will include enforcement work relating to food hygiene, food standards, health and safety and infectious disease control. You will have the opportunity to broaden your experience including dealing with approved premises, manufacturing premises as well as event safety. We also have an on-farm dairy!
The work will be challenging, and you will need to be highly organised and proactive in overseeing a busy caseload. It is important that you are comfortable working under pressure, including making decisions. You will need excellent communication skills and must work well within a team. You must be proficient using IT systems.
You must be prepared to work outside normal office hours including participating on a stand by Environmental Health Rota for which overtime is currently payable.
Within the post of Principal Officer, you will be responsible for the effective operation of a specialist professional function including planning new initiatives within that function, the supervision of field staff as well as the development and implementation of certain internal policies and procedures. You will deal with complex investigations.
About the person
You must hold a degree or equivalent in Environmental Health and a Certificate of Registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board.
Principal Environmental Health Officer you will have sufficient post qualification experience. This must be in the field of food safety and health and safety, and include food business inspections, a proven record of enforcement and writing complex reports.
You will have excellent interpersonal skills as well as a sound judgement and knowledge of relevant legislation.
You will have a flexible and adaptable approach to your work and capacity to absorb new knowledge quickly and efficiently.
You must have a full driving licence.
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
- local government average salary pension scheme
- free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 23 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 day
- career breaks
- flexible working hours
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- on-site staff restaurant at Civic Centre
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
- cycle purchase scheme
- car sharing scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
If you would like further information about this post, please contact Oliver Darius - Food Health and Safety Team Manager on 01895 277475.