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Principal Environmental Health Officer

Nottingham City Council
£41,496 rising to £43,516
Closing date
23 Oct 2023

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Housing, Licensing
EH Practitioner, Senior / Principal
Contract Type
Full Time

Principal Environmental Health Officer

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Principal Environmental Health Officer (Safer Housing – Selective Licensing)

Contract Type: 1 x Permanent 

Working Hours: 37

Worker Type: Hybrid Worker

Salary: Starting Salary is £41,496 (Level one) rising to £43,516 (Level two) ‘pro rata for part-time’. Please note this post also attracts a market supplement of £1,800.00 yearly and is pending a local and national pay award. 

Location: Byron House, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6HS

We’ve got an exciting opportunity available for talented individuals to join our workforce - perhaps this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for? Read on to find out more…

Working for Nottingham City Council has great benefits. As well as competitive pay, great leave entitlement and access to a generous pension scheme, we strive to create an innovative, inclusive and progressive work culture where everyone is supported to do and be their very best. 

In return, we are looking for people like you - people who are innovative, driven and committed to serving and improving Nottingham.  So, if you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of those who live and work in our city, we want to hear from you.

* You can read more about the different benefits offered to colleagues working for Nottingham City Council here.

About the Role

At Nottingham City Council (NCC) we pride ourselves being an employer of choice offering an inclusive culture for you to thrive and feel valued within your working environment. Nottingham City is an exciting, dynamic, and innovative place to work, your work will be quite challenging, however, very rewarding in a diverse and cultured city environment. We would like you to be part of NCC Transformational Journey to promote excellence, in an inclusive, creative culture, that every employee can thrive and reach their full potential

We are looking for a Principal Environmental Health Officer to join our Safer Housing Department and lead the Proactive Enforcement Team.  You will manage a team of officers including a Principal Licensing Officer, Environmental Health Officers, Regulatory Compliance Officers and Enforcement Officers carrying out investigations into unlicensed properties, encouraging licence applications and overseeing further enforcement action liaising closely with legal colleagues and other departments within the Council as well as external agencies.  We welcome applications from experienced housing officers, or those joining with transferable environmental health experience who have worked in different areas and are looking to work in housing.

Nottingham is a dynamic and popular city which is in an area of high housing demand, with a high percentage of privately rented houses many of which are not well maintained. We are determined to continue to improve the private rented sector in Nottingham, to reduce anti-social behaviour and drive up housing conditions. The Vision of the Council is to make Nottingham Safe, Clean, Ambitious and Proud, where people live in safe, warm and affordable homes.

A large proportion of our work involves carrying out inspections to ensure that legal standards are met, and tackling poor conditions and unsatisfactory management in licensed properties within the private rented sector. 

With significant housing licensing schemes operating in Nottingham, we need enthusiastic and self-motivated officers to help deliver our highly ambitious aims. You will work alongside colleagues to engage positively with landlords and help tackle rogue and criminal landlords and support project work. 

As the Principal Environmental Health Officer you will protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens through compliance and enforcement activities. You will provide specialist supervision to team members, supporting team and individual development as well as monitoring of professional standards to ensure that the practitioner based service is aligned with statutory requirements, Council policies and service is delivering the desired service outcomes.

Within the City a number of high rise buildings are covered by licensing, knowledge and experience of ensuring regulatory compliance with such buildings, and buildings with high levels of occupancy would be desirable within these roles.

About You

The ideal candidate will have:

·        Qualifications:  

  • A degree or diploma in Environmental Health and a certificate of registration issued by the EHRB or equivalent

·         Essential Experience: 

  • Demonstrated experience of applying legislation in a wide range of practical situations.
  • Experience of carrying out inspections and intervention visits at business and other premises.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to direct investigations resulting in prosecutions or other legal sanctions in accordance with relevant procedural and evidential rules.
  • Experience of and commitment to negotiate and work with the public, internal customers and outside agencies and bodies.

·       Essential Knowledge: 

  • Extensive knowledge, understanding and awareness of Environmental Health enforcement legislation and its application.
  • A specialism in one of the following areas, but with the knowledge and ability to work in any of the fields below as required:
  • Food safety, food standards, drinking water, health protection Health and safety, sports grounds safety, licensing, health protection
  • Housing standards
  • Housing licensing and compliance
  • Pollution control, environmental protection

·       Essential Skill's and Competencies 

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and to be polite and helpful, in order to liaise with other organisations and customers.
  • Ability to develop and support team members and manage performance systems to ensure effective service delivery.
  • An understanding of objective appraisal and performance.
  • Ability to produce written reports of inspections/investigations and schedules of work.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and contribute towards team objectives.
  • An understanding of, and a commitment to the importance of equality and of providing a service that not only reflects equality but also demonstrates equal opportunities to all customers.

At Nottingham City Council we believe that work is what you do, not where you do it.  We offer different working arrangements, depending on the role, including hybrid working. Further information on Worker Types and what these mean in terms of how and where you work can be found on the additional information for applicants page.

Please see more information on the Job Description which can be found on this link here

For informal enquiries please contact David Hobbs, Selective Licensing Manager, by email at or by phone on 07535 615897, or Safer Housing Manager Duncan Newbutt  by email at  or by phone on 07956 602974

Closing Date: 23 October 2023

Please note there may be occasions where we close the advert before the closing date and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Interviews will be held: w/c 30 October 2023 

To apply please click on the link here 

Thank you for your interest in working for Nottingham City Council. As one of the largest employers in Nottingham we offer a wide range of roles across a range of services. In return for your skill, drive and commitment to serving the people of Nottingham, we can help you to develop an exciting and rewarding career, with access to the following benefits. 

In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to 33 days after 5 years’ service) + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
  • Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme offering 17.9%
  • Smart Working – to support your work life balance
  • Health and wellbeing benefits including access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres, cinema, shopping and much more!

Nottingham City Council is committed to recruiting a talented workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We are a fair and inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and with different abilities. We recruit for diversity and value difference.
We particularly want to hear from you if you are from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community, identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) and if you are Disabled - these groups of people are underrepresented in our workforce, and we’d like to reflect our local population more through our recruitment processes.    

We are supportive of flexible working arrangements wherever possible and we would encourage you to discuss this with us during the selection process, should this be something you are interested in.

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