Environmental Health Lead Officer - Food

Thurrock Council
£47,571 - £55,179
Closing date
18 Dec 2022

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Food Safety
EH Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

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Environmental Health Lead Officer - Food

Salary: £47,571 - £55,179 per annum

Permanent Contract

37 Hours per Week

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Food Safety Team for a dynamic and suitably experienced officer to lead the delivery of food law regulation and infectious disease control.   

The food safety team delivers vital statutory functions - protecting public health through regulating food businesses operating in the borough to ensure food safety and preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Applicants must have successfully completed the Environmental Health Degree or Diploma, be EHRB registered (or equivalent) and have extensive experience in food enforcement.  A relevant postgraduate qualification would be an advantage, as would experience in imported food work. Applicants must also have a good working knowledge of Health & Safety legislation and a sound understanding of public health issues.

The successful candidate will be required to manage a complex caseload and provide expert advice and specialist knowledge to a regulatory service that is responsible for protecting the community. Additionally, they will be focused on ensuring that the authority delivers the highest standards of customer care and contributes to the council’s priorities while fulfilling the statutory responsibilities linked to the role.

We reserve the right to withdraw the role at any time - Candidates may be invited to interview upon submitted complete application.

Closing Date: 18 December 2022

Our vision – An ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.

Thurrock Council is committed to equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident Employer, disabled people will be offered an interview where they meet all essential criteria on the person specification. We champion flexible working and job share applications are welcome.

Thurrock Council is committed to the principles of agile working and seeks to empower our employees, wherever service needs allow, to work flexibly in order to optimise productivity and enhance performance

We serve a diverse community where people are different yet equal. Diversity underpins everything we do.

To view the Job Profile and Person Specification please follow the link below:



About the Council

We are home to some of the most exciting opportunities in the country. Our growth programme is possibly the largest and most ambitious in the country. £6 billion has already been invested by the private sector in Thurrock up to 2017, with 7,000 new jobs created and 1,170 new businesses coming to the borough, including leading ports and logistics centres, retail and creative industries. We expect a further 30,000 new jobs to be created by the year 2037. More than 1,000 acres of land are ready for commercial development, with 30,000 new homes likely to be built. Thurrock is at the heart of global trade and logistics, with no fewer than 3 international ports. We are well positioned on the M25 and A13 corridors, with excellent transport links west into London, north and east into Essex, and south into Kent.

A great place to live

Our urban centres are a vibrant mix of established towns and new young communities, with a diverse and growing population of around 160,000 residents. Rents are more affordable than those in neighboring London boroughs Our population is diverse, with a mix of nationalities living across our towns and villages. Massive investment and growth is bringing new jobs and opportunities to the area. For shoppers, we have 3 huge malls within easy reach – Lakeside in Thurrock, Bluewater and Westfield Stratford.

Green and pleasant land

Whilst London is directly on our eastern border, Thurrock itself is not as built-up. Behind our 18 miles of riverfront we have a varied green belt that covers 70% of the borough. Those who prefer unspoilt countryside will enjoy our 2 nature reserves – Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve and Thameside Nature Park – along with many other open parks and woodlands. Thurrock can offer you a great quality of life.

Equality duty

Thurrock Council is committed to eradicating discrimination on the basis of race, religion or belief, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognize that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We are committed to agile working and welcome applications from those interested in flexible working. We strongly welcome applications from individuals that consider themselves to have a disability and individuals from black and minority ethnic groups as we recognize the positive benefits of a more diverse workforce at all levels. For more information on this please  CLICK HERE  

Our values

At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  Our values, quite simply, inform everything we do – our thoughts, words and actions.

Every individual and every organisation is involved in making hundreds of decisions every day and these decisions are a reflection of our values and beliefs.

Not only this, our values guide  our vision of empowering all our staff regardless of which part of the business they work in.

Proud – of everything we do and championing Thurrock Council

Ambitious – by continually improving

Compassionate – by building relationships based on empathy, respect and dignity

Empowered – by removing barriers to influence better outcomes

Collaborative – by working together to achieve better outcomes

Inclusive – by fully accepting and supporting those we work with and serve

It is through our behaviours and day to day actions that we demonstrate and bring to life our values. By working together and embodying these values we will be able to successfully deliver our vision and priorities.


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