Principal Port Health Officer

30 Apr 2021
30 May 2021
Port Health
Full Time

Buckingham Futures are currently recruiting for a Principal Port Health Officer on behalf of our Local Authority client based in Kent that are in the process of setting up a new border control facility in response to changes brought about by Brexit. 


You will manage assigned staff within the service and take lead responsibility for specific tasks within the wider remit of the Port Health Authority and will have full opportunity to provide your expertise and input on shaping service delivery and you will be required to make an effective contribution to the development and achievement of the health protection and business objectives.

You will lead on all core activity in connection with Official Controls including carrying out checks on imports of products of animal origin and high-risk food not of animal origin in order to ensure that only products that are safe to eat enter the food chain. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in a major UK infrastructure project and as such will offer exciting long-term career opportunities. Our client is working very closely with DEFRA and the project will involve multiple partner agencies and organisations and you will be presented with an opportunity to take your career in a new direction. We would like to hear from experienced Environmental health Officers (previous Port Health experience would be advantageous) as would experience of managing a team but our client would consider those looking to make the career step provided they can show the level of technical knowledge in respect of port health duties undertaken by a Local Authority.  


To be successful in your application for this role you will need to demonstrate the following on application and through the interview process:

Suitable qualification(s) to undertake import controls at Border Control Posts as defined by the FSA Food Law Code of Practice and the accompanying Practice Guidance. This will normally be a MSc, Degree or Diploma in Environmental Health and Certificate of Registration with the Environmental Health Registration Board EHRB (CIEH)

Extensive enforcement experience covering a wide range of food areas including inspection of premises, monitoring and food sampling plus prosecution experience

Able to demonstrate specialist skills and knowledge relevant to food control, health and safety and public health functions

Extensive experience of an operational and/or technical lead role within a food-related service  

To register your interest please email or call us on 020 8125 4321.

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