Regulatory Services Officer (Port Health)

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: JAN20220636

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£32,233 - £35,744 Per Annum

Closing date

30 June 2022

The Service 

The Regulatory Services team is responsible for delivering a pest control service and the regulation of clean air, port health border controls and sampling, health and safety, food safety and standards, animal welfare, communicable diseases, statutory nuisance, environmental permitting, rogue and fraudulent traders, fair trading, product safety, intellectual property crime, age restricted sales, petroleum and explosive safety. 

Portsmouth City Council owns and runs Portsmouth International Port and is the Statutory Harbour Authority and Competent Harbour Authority. Our Port Health responsibilities include imported food controls, international health regulations, international catering waste enforcement, food hygiene, shellfish and water quality monitoring. 

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.

Portsmouth International Port serves the western routes into Europe and is also often the ferry port of choice for businesses exporting from the western half of the UK – as an example we have businesses using our ferry port to export fish from Scotland to Spain. 

What is the role?

Dealing with consignments entering the UK through Portsmouth International Port, whilst working within the broader Regulatory Services team, this role will focus upon delivering border inspection duties, assisting with statutory responsibilities and the delivery of regulatory actions. This role is key to the effective delivery of the Port Health Authority’s enhanced functions at the end of the EU exit transition period. 

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • working with a busy Border Control Point
  • assisting and reporting to the Principal Regulatory Service Officers, Official Veterinarians and the Port Health manager on the carrying out of the Port Health functions at Portsmouth International Port
  • assisting with the delivery of food and feed checks in order to ensure that products entering the county are safe to eat / safe to enter the food chain
  • ensuring that animal and public health is safeguarded
  • ensuring that compliance with EU / UK rules are maintained and international trading standards are secure
  • preventing and controlling incidences of infectious disease and food-borne infections
  • the certification of food products for exportation / importation
  • conducting ship sanitation inspections onboard ships
  • taking potable water samples for testing of water onboard ships and at port facilities
  • carrying out surveillance of other animal diseases and administration of the Pet Travel Scheme
  • participating in the investigation and prevention of outbreaks of infectious disease onboard ships entering Portsmouth International Port
  • assist in managing the provision of a quality regulatory service in Port Health, providing a high level of customer service whilst working effectively with business to protect public health
  • managing projects, assisting in enforcement proceedings and manage complex casework, carry out regulatory inspections and risk assessments
  • providing advice, guidance and assistance to persons, import/export agents, businesses and          organisations contacting the service ensuring regulatory compliance through education and advice
  • taking enforcement action, preparing and giving evidence in court
  • a commitment to the personal professional development and understanding / competencies in the above

Who is the person? 

Ideally, the post holder will already be participating in the attainment of a formal qualification such as: 

Higher Certificate in Food Control, or a Trading Standards qualification delivered through the Trading Standards Qualifications Framework, or another ”recognised certificate” in environmental protection, occupational health and safety, or public health.

Additionally, the post holder should have: 

  • relevant enforcement experience obtained through working in a similar role
  • a proven aptitude towards delivery compliance through official controls
  • quality interpersonal skills to contribute positively to complex team discussions
  • a business facing / caring propensity whilst seeking compliance
  • an understanding of PACE, CPIA, RIPA, HACCP and other effective investigatory principles
  • knowledge of the judicial system / use the criminal and civil courts
  • an understanding industry guidance, techniques of inspection and sampling
  • an awareness of regulatory regimes / programs, SFBB and similar food safety management systems and consumer protection environments
  • an understanding of a range of enforcement sanctions and appropriate applications of law
  • a high level of IT literacy is necessary
  • high standards of communication and presentation skills 

The post holder will be required to undertake the following / demonstrate ability in assisting and supporting senior officers by: 

  • achieving the qualifications necessary to deliver the full range border control sanctions
  • achieving statutory compliance
  • delivering service enquiry management
  • developing IT systems
  • developing income generation
  • developing and delivering team training and team building
  • delivering out of hours services demand and participating in service rotas / shift work
  • the post holder will require a full driving licence


What you’ll get in return

As well as 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. 

Additional information:

All employees and third parties working at PIP are subject to a Substance Misuse – Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy and the Port reserves the right to carry out with cause and random testing. 

How to apply:

Please complete the application form in its entirety or you may not be shortlisted.

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. 

We look forward to speaking with you soon. 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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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).

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