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Senior Environmental Health Officer

Publica Group
Closing date
19 Feb 2024

Senior Environmental Health Officer

Up to £41,445 per annum dependant on skills and experience

37 hours per week

Witney/Agile & Homeworking

Do you have experience in Environmental Health or are you newly qualified?

As an Environmental Health professional, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of our residents.

About the role…

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual with a track record of excellence in service delivery. You may be someone who is newly qualified, looking for professional development, or you may be someone who is already experienced and looking for a positive change.

If you are at the beginning of your career within Environmental Health, we would still love to hear from you, progressing within a career is one of the biggest milestones in most of our lives and it can be a challenge to find a career that truly fits our ambitions and aspirations. There are a few great organisations that can help you excel, achieve, and support you in discovering your true potential – Publica Group is one of these organisations.

The purpose of this role is to provide technical expertise, advice and direction to internal and external customers when solving problems or managing risks. You will need to apply a high level of expert knowledge within a technical area of expertise and manage sensitive, open ended and complex case or project-based work.

Woking mainly in the district of West Oxfordshire, you will lead in the following Environmental Health areas:

  • Private Sector Housing
  • Caravan and HMO licensing
  • Nuisance/Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Public Health


  • Conduct inspections and assessments to enforce housing standards, site licensing, and risk based regulatory requirements
  • Investigate complaints and take appropriate enforcement action to address housing-related issues, including disrepair, poor management, and health hazards
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to landlords, tenants, and other stakeholders on housing and licensing regulations, standards, and best practices
  • Collaborate with other agencies and internal teams to tackle housing-related issues and develop effective strategies for improvement
  • Prepare detailed reports, legal documents, and evidence for legal proceedings, if necessary
  • Stay up-to-date with industry regulations, emerging trends, and best practices in environmental health and housing

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

You will need…

  • Environmental Health Degree or related Degree.
  • GCSE Maths and English or equivalent to grade C/4 or higher.
  • Experience of working flexibly as part of a team and collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Experience of being involved in continuously improving services and developing products to meet customer needs.
  • Ability to remain calm and confident when dealing with challenging customers and environments.
  • Our district is already a special place. We are looking for candidates that will help us improve it, making it an even better place to live, learn, do business and enjoy. To do this successfully, we need to remember its rich cultural and economic heritage and to build on the area as an aspirational place with a reputation for nurturing amazing people. We want the Forest of Dean district to be a place where residents have a fantastic work-life balance and feel secure in their communities – creating a draw for industry to nestle amongst the wild spaces. So join us to celebrate this wonderful area; its towns, its communities, and help them thrive, by delivering good quality well paid jobs, enhancing our education provision, improving housing options and the social mobility of our young people. 

Special Conditions…

  • Ability to travel

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (Forest of Dean District Council,West Oxfordshire District Council, Cotswold District Council, and Cheltenham Borough Council)  to deliver more efficient and improved services. 

What can we do for you…

  • Agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • Flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 26 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • Health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • Pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme with huge tax and NI savings to be made on electric cars
  • Access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)
  • Generous sickness cover above statutory entitlements
  • Additional income protection, covering 50% of your salary for potentially a further five years if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury
  • Life assurance, currently four times your annual salary

These are just a handful of the benefits that you can enjoy when you join us!

To apply for this position please click on "apply now" within this page to complete an application form and supporting statement together with your CV. Please tell us about your skills, knowledge, qualifications, experience and how they meet the criteria listed above and in the job description/person specification. It’s important that we’re a good fit for each other, so let us know what’s important to you and why you want to work for Publica Group Ltd.  Your CV will not be available to the hiring manager unless you are shortlisted for interview to assist with our non-biased screening process so please ensure you complete the application form in full.

It is important that our staff reflect the diversity of our community, and we therefore welcome and encourage applications from people of all genders and sexual orientation, those from Black, Asian, and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email. 

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.





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