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Senior Food Health & Safety Officer

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
10/07/2018
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 09/09/2018 23:59
Salary:
£35,229 - £38,052
Allowances:
None
Hours per week:
37
Job Category:
Health & Safety
Vacancy ID:
102305
Employment Location:
Badminton Road
Post Number:
SGC0759/827/EP

Job details 

Closing date:
9 Sep


Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post


This permanent position will lead on one or more functional areas or projects with either a team or wider-service focus, and will support the Lead Food Officer. In addition the post holder will undertake some frontline work as directed by the FHS Team Leader. The post holder will provide support and cover for the Team Leader, and will supervise the work of the Food Health and Safety officers and take a lead in the supervision of the Environmental Health Assistant. The post holder will help with performance monitoring and ensure consistency across the team.

The post holder will act as an expert and a lead and also action all stages of Food Health and Safety work within their specialism. This service area includes services in relation to food safety and standards; communicable diseases and the health and safety of people who work at premises and locations where the Council is the enforcing authority. This will also include preparing for and responding to infectious disease outbreaks and major incidents. However, the post holder may be required to contribute to or assist work in other teams to meet operational demands.

The post holder will work with the Team Leader to continuously review the policies, procedures and systems associated with the work of the team to ensure these meet the changing needs of customers, changes in legislation and Government policy and to ensure optimum efficiency and effectiveness.

A comprehensive knowledge of food safety legislation and appropriate post qualification enforcement experience is essential. You will need to comply with FSA Food Law Code of Practice requirements for an Authorised Officer and so be able to inspect the full range of food premises including A-E rated and approved premises. Ideally you will also have experience in enforcing food standards and health and safety legislation, delivering food hygiene training courses and in working as a Primary Authority Partnership.

Applicants who have not completed their ELP/PPP learning portfolio and so are not EHORB-registered need not apply.

South Gloucestershire is a Unitary Authority with more than 2,100 registered food premises and over 4500 health and safety premises, across a mixed urban / rural area. Being flanked by the M4 and M5 we have many food distribution centres and warehouse operations within the district. The area is seeing rapid growth in both housing and leisure.

Interviews are planned for 25 September 2018 and will be in Yate.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.


Main Duties
Lead a portfolio of projects as a specialist individual contributor. Deliver technical, enforcement and regulation services within the context of the business plan and specific project objectives.

Provide guidance to team members on interpretation of legal or procedural issues in the Food Health & Safety field within the post holder’s specialism, and make decisions on the most appropriate course of action to take in accordance with agreed policies and processes.

Food poisoning outbreaks, accidents at work and other areas can lead to significant public health issues and ultimately can result in death. Resolve problems relating to these issues and balance the sensitivities involved with our duty to protect health. This will involve a wide range of skills from giving advice to negotiation to enforcement action. There will also be business, financial and reputational factors to take into account to ensure effective service delivery.

Provide support and cover for the Team Leader, and supervise the work of the Food Health and Safety officers and take a lead in the supervision of the Environmental Health Assistant. The post holder will help monitoring output and consistency across the team.

Carry out inspections and investigations, where appropriate serve legal notices on behalf of the Council and accordingly appear in Court to ensure that statutory requirements and Council policies are fulfilled.

Appraise Service Plans, procedures and systems of work and propose changes to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the service.

Meet set targets and standards and be responsible for personal workload and time management to ensure good service delivery.

Respond as required to major incidents or other emergencies requiring the mobilisation/response of environmental services staff.

The post may require you to work outside normal working hours as the need arises.
You may be required to work as part of the environmental health emergency Out of Hours rota. This applies to emergencies only and will only be invoked should the service not be able to be provided on a voluntary basis.


Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.

Essential

You will have a relevant qualification at degree level or equivalent professional qualification in Environmental Health, or in Food Safety and Food Standards with appropriate additional papers/certificates. (Applicants who have not completed their ELP/PPP learning portfolio and so are not EHORB-registered need not apply).

A comprehensive knowledge of food safety legislation and appropriate post qualification enforcement experience is essential.

You will need to comply with FSA Food Law Code of Practice requirements for an Authorised Officer and so be able to inspect the full range of food premises including A-E rated and approved premises.

You will have a strong ability to communicate, influence and negotiate outcomes critical to service delivery, as well as the ability to translate technical issues to facilitate the understanding of non-technical audiences.

Experience in Environment Health processes and procedures as well as a good understanding of the service delivery environment in order to provide excellent customer service.

You will be able to manage your workload, prioritise and respond to demands to ensure both customer satisfaction and legislative requirements are met.

You will be capable of, or have experience in, taking the lead in an area of Environmental Health.

You will have experience in supervising a project or people.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.

Desirable
A relevant post graduate qualification (E.g. Diploma in First Line Management, financial management qualification) or relevant training.

You will ideally have experience in food standards and health and safety enforcement.

You will have experience in delivering food hygiene training.

You will have experience in working as a Primary Authority Partnership.

Additional Information

Use of a vehicle

The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

For further information about this post, please contact Food, Health and Safety Team Leader Philippa Griffith 01454 863552 or Environmental Health Manager Gerard Madden on 01454 863569.

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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values


As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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