Principal Lead Officer

Oxford City Council
£37,923 - £39,102
Closing date
3 Mar 2024

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EH Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Principal Lead Officer

Job reference: 002422

Service Area / Directorate: Planning and Regulatory Services

Salary and Grade: G8: £43,060 to £44,088 per annum - (pro rata for part time) Note: subject to pending pay rise 2024/2025

Contract: Permanent

Hours per week: 37

Location: Hybrid Oxford - Town Hall/Work from home

The role

Are you an Environmental Health (or similar) professional interested in making a difference?  Are you self-motivated and have an adaptable, flexible approach and keen to develop? If YES then we have an exciting opportunity to join our Residential Regulation Team.

Oxford City Council is the only council in England to operate all three property licensing schemes (mandatory HMO licensing, additional HMO licensing and selective licensing) across their entire district. Already well known for its proactive approach to enforcing conditions in the private rented sector, our team use their full range of skills in effective and innovative ways to secure improvements for residents in privately rented homes.

Following a re-organisation and implementation of Selective Licensing in 2022, we are now looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to join our Residential Regulation Team to improve homes across the city as one of our Principal Lead Officers. Our team has responsibility for enforcing and improving conditions in all private rented homes using all available legislation, a range of public health functions (including nuisance and public health burials), planning enforcement and brining empty homes back into use.

The role is demanding and will require you to take personal responsibility for being the lead on technical and legislative expertise in one or more subject areas, day to day case supervision as managing more complex case. You will need a high level of professionalism and in return we will give you the opportunity to be part of a varied role that will include partnering other services whilst being given the opportunity to develop working alongside our experienced management team in Planning & Regulatory Services.

Interested to find out more?  If so continue to read below on how you can apply.

About us

Our ambitious leadership team and dedicated staff are working hard building a world class city for everyone. Oxford City Council has accelerated plans to build more affordable and council housing in the city. We provide services to help reduce inequality and improve the health and wellbeing of Oxford’s residents and are taking a lead on reducing emissions and increasing biodiversity to become a net carbon neutral city of the future.
We are a supportive and collaborative bunch of people working towards shared goals, where new ideas and initiatives are valued. We strive to deliver service excellence, take accountability for our actions and communicate with honestly and respect. There has never been a more exciting time to join us!  Help us to build successful places in which to live and work and build a fairer, greener city in which everyone can thrive.

Many of our roles offer flexible or hybrid working.

We offer generous holiday 28 days a year with an additional 4 days after 5 years’ service

We are committed to supporting career development opportunities and learning and development

An above average pension offering

Plus other great benefits
How to apply

More information is available on the role profile document.  Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements.  More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Closing Date:      03 March 2024
Late applications will not be processed
Interview Date(s):    2- March 2024

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Katherine Coney on 01865 252837 or email

We are an equal opportunity employer:
We are striving to become a more inclusive employer and to represent the communities that we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from ethnic and minority communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic. 

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