Environmental Health Team Leader (Housing & Domestic)

Buckinghamshire Council
£49,872 - £52,431
Closing date
31 Oct 2021

Environmental Health Team Leader (Housing & Domestic)

Location: Buckinghamshire County Wide


Reporting to the Environmental Health Manager (Housing & Domestic), you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a team of officers in the Housing & Domestic Team.

You will be required to have a broad knowledge and substantial relevant experience in areas such as the Housing Act and HMO licensing, Statutory Nuisance, Pest Control, Public Health legislation and other relevant statutory functions.

You will support officers to undertake a robust programme of reactive enforcement and proactive interventions.

About the role

The successful candidate should be enthusiastic to ensure team performance targets are met, and that staff are supported and coached to achieve their personal development goals.  As this is a newly formed team you will also be encouraged to be innovative to help develop a high functioning service.

The post will provide the successful candidate with experience of working in a challenging and diverse housing environment including overseeing proactive interventions to prevent hospital admissions. You will build on existing skills and support officers to make a real difference through traditional enforcement and also by using targeted proactive interventions in collaboration with our Health and Social care partners.

The department has been through significant changes and so this will be a real opportunity for the right candidate to introduce and embed new and current work practices to contribute to the prevention agenda.

Key Accountabilities

Working collaboratively with a second Team Leader, you will lead and manage a team of environmental health staff to ensure the delivery of expert advice to meet statutory duties and to provide a high-quality service to customers.

The ability to build key relationships with partners is essential, and you should show initiative in problem-solving and decision making, along with sensitivity in managing contentious issues.

You will actively manage resources within the team, and advise the EH Manager on issues relating to the service and its delivery in line with corporate objectives.

About you

You will be educated to Diploma, BSc or MSc level in Environmental Health or equivalent, and have expert knowledge in relevant legislation, guidance, best practice and emerging issues within the scope of the Housing & Domestic area.

You will have a demonstrable track record of motivating staff, excellent communication skills, and the ability to oversee legal documents and case files produced by the team.

Other information

This role may require you to carry out site visits to support officers when necessary, but we actively encourage the team to adopt a flexible working approach to improve their work-life balance. This includes working from home and attending the office as and when required, such as face-to-face meetings.

Our main offices are based in Aylesbury, Amersham & High Wycombe.

For an informal chat about this role in more detail, please contact Amy Starsmore on 01494 421706 or amy.starsmore@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

About the Business Unit

The Environmental Health service forms part of the Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate.  The service encompasses all aspects of environmental health and is delivered across three teams; Strategic Environmental Protection, Housing and Domestic and Commercial.  The directorate delivers a range of services including trading standards, housing, planning, economic growth, regeneration, strategic infrastructure, transport and property.

Coming together as a single EH service, our purpose is to ensure a safe and healthy, living and working environment within Bucks, minimising the impact on the environment and ensuring compliance with the law. Our vision is to provide a trusted and approachable Environmental Health service for local communities, businesses and visitors, ensuring Bucks is a safe place to work, live and visit.

The Environmental Health service works to help ensure that Buckinghamshire is a safe and healthy place to live and work, minimising impacts on the environment & supporting businesses to ensure compliance with the law. Our vision is to provide a trusted & approachable service for local communities, businesses & visitors, ensuring Bucks is a safe place to work, live & visit. Recently, our teams have been critical in providing a flexible response to the pandemic. As well as this monitor food safety (including awarding hygiene ratings), supporting public health and acting against nuisance. From 2019 to 2020, the service responded to over 8,100 environmental health requests.

The council’s key priorities are:

  • strengthening our communities
  • improving our environment
  • protecting the vulnerable
  • increasing prosperity

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges to how the council works and each of our directorates has had to adapt to different ways of working. Maintaining essential services to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our communities during this pandemic has been a key area of work and ongoing recovery and improvement work is likely to continue beyond the next financial year.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto-enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.



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