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Lead Food and Safety Officer

East Suffolk Council
£46,464 - £50,512
Closing date
27 Nov 2023

Job Details

East Suffolk Council - Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ

Lead Food and Safety Officer

£46,464 - £50,512 per annum 

37 hours per week


Payment of professional subscription fees

Essential car user allowance

Closing date: 12pm, 27 November 2023

Reference: 13047

East Suffolk Council is an exciting place to work and a great place to make a real difference to people’s lives, delivering vital services to a quarter of a million people across East Suffolk.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join the East Suffolk Council's forward thinking and ambitious Food and Safety Team.

The work is varied including a wide range of advisory and regulatory activities covering food safety, occupational health and safety, infectious disease control and port health for the Port of Lowestoft. We have more than 30 approved premises ranging from small scale producers to a Bird’s Eye factory in Lowestoft. East Suffolk is home to a growing number of public events including, the Suffolk Show and  Latitude Festival, where we actively work with the organisers to ensure that people can enjoy a safe event.

The role

The position being offered is one of two Lead Food and Safety Officers, who provide technical specialist support and advice to the team. Technically competent at the highest level, you will have significant and extensive regulatory experience within food and workplace health and safety environment.

You will help implement our current food and health and safety service plan ( and play a key role in developing our future. Reporting to the Food and Safety Manager and supporting them with line management responsibilities.  

What you need

We are ideally looking for someone with strong leadership skills and a wealth of professional knowledge and technical expertise in all areas plus competence within an enforcement role.  

However, if you do not currently have this experience and are keen to take the next step in your career, we will consider appointing at the band below for an individual who is prepared to develop these skills with our support to enable them to progress to the Lead Food and Safety Officer post.

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, take a look at our video and hear why our employees think it is such a great place to work (

Here are some of the main benefits:

  • Great opportunities for training and development
  • Generous leave entitlement (equivalent to 25 days a year, increasing to 31 days after 5 years’ service, plus bank holidays)
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Free car parking (for when you are working in the office and on the district) 
  • Discounts on mobile phones, computers, holiday and travel, fashion and clothing, health and beauty and many other products and services.

Please see our benefits brochure for further information (pdf).

The majority of our teams are working in an agile way, with a mixture of home and office working, depending on individual preferences and service requirements. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements if you were the successful candidate, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert.

For more information

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Christine Walker on 07717 426890 or V Johnston on 07770 583246.

How to apply

To apply and for further details, please visit:

Closing date: 12am, 27 November 2023.

Interview date: 11 and 12 December 2023.








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