Principal Environmental Health Officer
Principal Environmental Health Officer
£44,790.00 - £48,819.00 per year
Job number: RS00247
Location: Civic Centre, High Street Uxbridge, Middlesex, London, UB8 1UW
Working Hours: 36 hours per week
Closing date: 25 June 2021
Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.
About the role
This post attracts an additional non-contractual payment of £3,000 per annum.
We are inviting applications from dedicated, passionate, and highly motivated Food and Health and Safety Practitioners 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 the 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 the 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 involve supervising the workloads of the team, mentoring trainees and apprentices and leading a range of complex and specialist investigations.
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!
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.
We are looking for an experienced EHO with expert level knowledge to supervise officers withing the Food Health & Safety Team. You will have relevant professional and technical experience to represent the service at Committee meetings, liaison groups to provide specialist advice and guidance and deputise for the team manager to ensure the efficient running of the service.
The work will be challenging, and you will need to be highly organised and proactive in overseeing/dealing with a busy caseload. It is important that you are comfortable working under pressure, including making decisions and meeting deadlines. You will need excellent communication skills and must work well within a team. You must be proficient using IT systems.
You must hold a degree or equivalent in Environmental Health and a Certificate of Registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board.
You will have significant and demonstrable practical experience in food safety or health and safety inspections as well as a proven record of enforcement including preparing and giving evidence as an expert witness at court.
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 will work independently with the minimum of supervision and must have a full driving licence.
You will develop a culture of continuous improvement and top performance, ensuring that Council values are embedded in delivering a customer focused service. You must be motivated to deliver results and take ownership of personal and team development.
Other important attributes include:
• developing technological solutions
• passion for learning
• problem solving
• exceptional customer service
• teamwork and relationship building
What we offer
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 25 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 days
- 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
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.