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Head of Service - Environmental Health, Waste & Climate Action

Maldon District Council
£55,183 - £61,482
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

Head of Service - Environmental Health, Waste & Climate Action

Directorate Service Delivery

Vacancy type Permanent full time

Salary £55,183 - £61,482 per annum

Closing date 07 June 2023  

Vacancy Number MDC001753

Grade of Post: K


Offering flexible new ways of agile working with the Council Offices based at Princes Road, Maldon available as required.


This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate, energetic and enthusiastic person to join Maldon District Council’s well-established team in this newly created Head of Service role.

The post holder will be joining Maldon District Council at a pivotal point, as we reorganise ourselves within the Service Delivery Directorate to achieve a clearer structure and improve our ways of working. This will offer a great opportunity to review the current structure within the service area and along with the team, derive service refinements and improvements as part of a wider reorganisation.

Working at the Council enables you to be part of an organisation which is proud to deliver high-quality, customer focused services. Our success comes from us being commercially astute and business-like. Continuous improvement is also vital and we challenge ourselves to develop new and innovative ways to improve the services that make a real difference to people’s lives.

The position is offered with excellent terms and conditions of employment including access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, generous annual leave entitlement and flexible working opportunities.

About you

We are looking for an experienced professional in the field of Environmental Health and an individual who has a keen understanding of Waste Services and Climate Action. The post holder will need to be self-motivated, a highly personable individual with excellent communication skills and eye for detail. We expect you to have a clear understanding of current issues and the wider environment as well as a strong commitment to deliver projects and driving forward service delivery. A passion for the topic area needs to be matched with pragmatism and political acumen to secure the best outcomes amidst a complex and fast changing landscape. As persuasion and partnership are a key part of this role, you will need to be an effective and personable communicator – capable of bringing others on board and effecting behavioural change.

About this role

As Head of Environmental Health, Waste and Climate Action:

You must have…

  • A degree or equivalent qualification in Environmental Health and be registered with the Environmental Health Officers Registration Board.
  • Have, or be willing to work towards, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner status.
  • Evidence of significant post-qualification experience in a similar or related role.
  • An ability to demonstrate leadership experience. Knowledge and understanding of the full range of environmental protection functions and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the relevant legislation.
  • Experience of successfully leading, developing, and motivating a team.
  • Experience of working with teams across an organisation providing technical mentoring and support,
  • Experience of contract management and managing service level agreements
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and experience of delivering to a wide range of audiences.

You will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate significant experience and expert professional knowledge of a wide range of Environmental Health functions including Environmental Protection, Housing, Food Safety, Health & Safety, Animal Welfare, Waste Management, Licensing and Climate Action
  • Demonstrate effective leadership and staff management skills with a good understanding of performance management.
  • Effectively manage service budgets, resources, and performance to deliver priorities, providing regular reporting as required.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the legislation relevant to the service area
  • Contribute to strategy, performance and quality control, and service and financial planning for specialist area
  • Contribute to performance appraisals and development for a number of staff.
  • Drive and progress the Council’s work on Climate change. Much has been achieved since a Climate Emergency was declared just over a year ago– but now we need to increase the pace and scope of change.
  • Encourage & transfer knowledge, share best practice, new legislation and associated changes to processes and procedures and have oversight of the end to end process or customer journey and related contracts
  • Ensure that enquiries, complaints, and cases are managed and completed within service targets at the appropriate level

This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking local authority based in Maldon, an area which boasts an enviable quality of life and stunning countryside, yet within easy reach of London. We promote a professional work environment with a focus on self-development, innovation, and collaborative working.

If this interests you, we look forward to receiving your application.

In return we offer you an attractive salary package with local government benefits along with the opportunity to work in a beautiful rural district steeped in history and heritage.

For an informal discussion about this position

For further information about the role, please contact Hannah Wheatley, Tel: 01621 732646 or download and read the job description.

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