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Environmental Health Officer

Portsmouth City Council Jobs

Reference: 3244-3946

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Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL

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Closing date

18/08/2020 11:59 pm

37 hours per week 


At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

This is an exciting opportunity for an Environmental Health Officer to join our Regulatory Services Team that delivers several of the Council’s traditional environmental health functions including food safety, health and safety, infectious disease control, animal health, noise and port health.

For this role we require an experienced Environmental Health Officer with recent experience in food safety who is capable of demonstrating compliance with CIEH CPD requirements and the FLCofP competency criteria. 

The Service

Regulatory Services takes a strong enforcement stance to breaches of law through the development of consistent approaches to inspection protocols and enforcement actions, supporting a tougher more robust attitude to serious or persistent failings.

Portsmouth Port Health Authority covers the areas of Portsmouth and Langstone Harbour, as well as parts of the Solent. Our responsibilities include imported food controls, enforcement of international health regulations, and the delivery of official controls in relation to food safety including shellfish and water quality monitoring. 

Your new role

Our Environmental Health Officers play an important role in delivering the service objectives of the Portsmouth Port Health Authority to protect public, animal and environmental health.  Your duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Implementing checks on imported food and feed in order to ensure that only products that are safe to eat enter the food chain, animal and public health is safeguarded and compliance with EU rules and international trading standards are secured.
  • Preventing and controlling the incidence of infectious disease and food-borne infections in the Port environment
  • Carrying out ship sanitation inspections
  • Inspecting food business premises and taking necessary action to control food safety risks

The role also requires a more general regulatory approach which may include but not be limited to:

  • Providing a quality regulatory service in environmental health, providing a high level of customer service whilst working effectively with business to protect public health.
  • Managing projects, being responsible for enforcement proceedings and managing complex casework.
  • Carrying out other regulatory inspections and risk assessments.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will be holding the Certificate of Registration of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Board, or equivalent.

Experience over a range of environmental health subjects, with recent experience in food safety, and be able to demonstrate compliance with CIEH CPD requirements and the FLCofP competency criteria.

The work requires a reasonable level of physical fitness and excellent inter-personal and communication skills. 

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career.

What next

Please read the “Job Profile” to ensure your application meets the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

Applications via email should be sent to:

We look forward to speaking with you soon. 

Closing time/date – Midnight, 18th August 2020 

Applications received after this may not be considered.

You will need to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK. No post will be offered without it. 

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If you have any queries, contact us on 023 9284 1191 (8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 4:00pm Friday).




How to apply


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