Senior Environmental Health Officer
Senior Environmental Health Officer
Job number: HC02607
Hackney’s street markets reflect the borough’s vibrant & diverse communities and cultures, with 6 historic and successful markets dating back hundreds of years offering a wide range of quality goods, value for money and a meeting place for those much needed social interactions. Our markets have strong links with our local communities, food growing projects, small businesses, start-ups and festivals.
As a leading operator in our field, Hackney Markets Service deliver a ‘Best in Class’ service providing innovative ways to Develop and operate Markets and Street trading activities. This is an exciting time to join the Markets and Street Trading Team, following a year of unprecedented double digit growth in an age where our high streets are shrinking and retail chains are closing down Hackney is leading the way for other local authorities in expanding and growing our portfolio across the borough.
We are looking for a Senior Environmental Health Officer to join our team, you will either be competent at this level or a keen environmental health officer, with varied experience, looking for promotion.
You will have an important role in promoting safe practices, upholding standards and investigating a wide range of issues across the borough. This is a key role in helping us make Hackney cleaner and safer.
As Senior Environmental Health Officer, you will have responsibility for high risk food inspections as well as inspections relating to allergens and trade. You will also investigate cases relating to food borne illness and infectious disease as well as health and safety issues across the borough.
You will be part of a team within our Public Realm service. This service not only creates the first impression of Hackney, but also our enduring legacy. From ensuring our streets are clean, our parks blooming and our traffic flowing, to putting in place the foundations for a greener future. This team has an impact on everyone who lives, works and visits the borough.
We need someone who can build effective working relationships with our diverse service users, communities and other stakeholders like the HSE and FSA. You should have good communication skills and be able to negotiate on sensitive issues in a professional manner. From time to time you will need to deliver food safety training and should be able to engage a mixed audience.
You will be dealing with multiple complex issues at once. You should be able to stay level headed under pressure and prioritise a competing workload. You will need a strong understanding of project management principles to lead on projects from design through to implementation.
We need someone who thrives on challenges, with an analytic mind and experience in quality assurance and compliance. You should be a strategic thinker, keen to develop policies that supports our ambitions for the borough. On top of that, we also need someone with an eye for detail who understands the importance of accurate record keeping and effective administrative systems.
To thrive in this role, you should enjoy a hands on approach to work - most of your time will be spent out of the office on site visits. We are happy to support home based working and other flexible approaches as appropriate. You will need or will be working towards an appropriate Environmental Health Registration Board approved qualification, EHORB Certificate of Registration and evidence of CPD.
Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.
If the opportunity of working here excites you, please apply.
Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification. It is essential that you include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all the aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.
Closing date for applications: 30 July 2019
We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.
Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.