Food Safety Officer / Environmental Health Officer

Job Type:
Job Sector:
Public Sector
Salary Description:
Competitive Rate Offered
Kenyon Block Consultants
Job Ref:
KBC 2833

We are looking for a Food Safety Officer (FSO) or food qualified Environmental Health Officer to join our north London local authority client on a temporary basis

Job Purpose:

To provide technical professional environmental health services with the overall aim of protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of every resident, worker and visitor within the Borough.
The post holder will be required to undertake their duties in the Food, Health and Safety Team

Key Responsibilities:

Undertake the investigation of service requests and identify contravention of legislation and corrective action to be taken. This will include taking the appropriate action in line with the relevant policies, procedures and legislation in relation to appeals, infection, accidents, risk or other circumstances within the general purview of the section. Inspect or visit vehicles, stalls, plant or equipment.
Carry out the enforcement of legislation and other powers in a timely and efficient manner, as may be required in line with service and statutory legal guidelines. This will include the presentation of evidence at legal and other quasi-judicial hearings.

Carry out planned food hygiene and food standards inspections and prepare reports and deal with related correspondence, notices and other documents.
Scrutinise, process and comment on applications, plans report schemes or other submissions for environmental guidance or clearance as directed.

Undertake the sampling, testing or seizure of food, equipment, materials, or substances.
Liaise with officers within Regulatory Services, council services, outside organisations, companies and individuals in order to deliver an effective Environmental Health Service.
Ensure the Group Manager is kept fully informed on any aspect of work which is controversial, political, strategic, financial or otherwise of a sensitive or highly complex nature.
Keep up to date with changes in legislation, policies, attitudes and techniques relevant to their service groups.

Assist in the preparation and execution of publicity campaigns and educational work.
Assist at meetings, working parties, public meetings, exhibitions or demonstrations.
Carry out specialist environmental health duties as requested and in accordance with experience and training.
Carry out research or survey work related to the work of the Environmental Health Department. Participate in specialist project teams as required.
Ensure that all financial information is accurately recorded on the appropriate system to make sure that payment and income data is robust.

Ensure that pre-set financial targets are met, and relevant budgets not exceeded.
Conduct training for staff and official visitors with regard to the function and duties of the Environmental Health Department and for new initiatives and developments. Guide and supervise trainees, administrative and other staff, as necessary.

Essential Skills:

Successful completion of The Higher Certificate in Food Control
Fully qualified EHORB registered and eligible for Corporate Membership of the CIEH
Existing technical knowledge of the relevant areas of Environmental Health or the ability to develop technical knowledge.
Experience of taking enforcement action.
Experience of a variety of effective communications techniques
Ability to accurately draft legal documents
Competent user of Microsoft Office specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Ability to accurately record data using specialist software systems.
Has a flexible attitude and is able to adjust to change in tasks at short notice.
Able to successfully work as part of team and deliver effective team results.
Strong interpersonal skills and able to challenge, support, influence and engage management and peers.
Is self-motivated and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines and targets whilst producing work to a high standard.

Able to progress sometimes complex projects in a timely manner accurately and in accordance with the relevant legislation and guidelines.
Ability to plan and prioritise workloads with a minimum of supervision and achieve regular and consistent outputs and performance targets.
Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills and able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing with a wide range of contacts and to deal with difficult or complex issues.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues.
Understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities within the organisation and externally with local residents, businesses and customers.

Please send your CV through to

Contact Details:
Kenyon Block Consultants
Tel: 020 8360 7289
Contact: Phyllis Kenyon

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