Port Health Officer - Authorised Officer (5 posts)

£32,234 - £40,876 + shift allowance
15 Jul 2021
25 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


Port Health Officer - Authorised Officer (5 posts)

£32,234 - £40,876 per annum plus shift allowance*

37 hours per week*

Fixed term for 18 months, with the potential to become permanent.

A Degree in Environmental Health or Higher Certificate in Food Control is required.

Reference: ESC00567

Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority is expanding!

It is a really exciting time to be joining our Port Health team as we transform our services in response to the UK's departure from the European Union, recruiting an additional 60 team members.

Our mission is the protection of public and animal health, carrying out a range of checks to ensure imported goods are safe for all of us in the UK. To find out more about what our skilled team do, have a look at our video: https://vimeo.com/343058771

To become part of our team, you will be enthusiastic, keen to learn and thrive on working in a fast-paced environment.

Your role will be to work with our existing Authorised Officers/Port Health Officers in carrying out various checks on imported products (including fish and organic items) to ensure they are safe for distribution in the UK. You will also protect international health by monitoring health conditions on board ships in order to prevent disease. You will have the opportunity to work under your own initiative but also with others as part of our friendly team.

This is a career graded post, and the responsibilities of the role will be undertaken at a level appropriate to your qualifications, experience and competence, as laid out in the job description. It will be essential to have either a degree or equivalent Level 6 qualification in Environmental Health, or a Higher Certificate in Food Control with 3 years' experience in the food and safety field.

* Initially you will participate in a rotational shift pattern covering 6.30am - 10pm weekdays, and 6.30am - 2.30pm at weekends, which attracts a 14% shift allowance. This will soon be changing to 24/7 rota (day and night shifts), which will attract a 23.5% shift allowance on top of the base salary. This will be worked on a 12-hour rotating shift pattern (5 days on, 6 days off, 5 nights on, 6 days off), offering attractive work-life balance. As this is a new service, the shift pattern will be kept under regular review to ensure it meets operational needs.

Why work for us?

East Suffolk Council is a great place to work and there are lots of benefits our employees can access. To find out more about why we are so proud of East Suffolk Council and to hear why our employees think it is such a great place to work, take a look at our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSWedQksWt0&feature=emb_logo

Here are some of the main benefits:

* Opportunities for training and development to enable you to build a great career with our organisation

* Attractive work-life balance with the added benefit of 6 non-working days between shifts

* Generous leave entitlement (equivalent to 24 days a year, increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service)

* Local government pension scheme

* Free car parking

* Discounts on mobile phones, computers, holiday and travel, fashion and clothing, health and beauty and many other products and services.

If you would like to be at the forefront of this exciting new service, we look forward to receiving your application.

Please read the job description and person specification before applying for this job.

For an informal discussion or if you have any questions regarding this post, please contact Steve Dearsley on (01394) 613330 or email: hr@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Closing date: 11.30pm, 25 July 2021.

Interview date: w/c 2 August 2021.

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