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Port Health Support Officers

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£30694 - £33539 per annum

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Port Health Support Officers

HR GO Recruitment are currently assisting with the search of Port Health Support Officers in the Ashford and surrounding area. The main focus of this role will be to conduct official controls and checks in order to safeguard public health.

Main duties:

  • Applying port health controls in accordance with statutory regulations and provisions to protect public health

  • Perform physical, documentary and identity checks to ensure that only 'safe-to-eat' products enter the food chain

  • To be responsible for the maintaining and disposal of samples as well as dispatch records

  • To assist other colleagues in the performance of port health checks and sampling when necessary

  • To assist in the destruction of unsatisfactory goods via the correct waste facility

  • Undertake necessary enforcement and investigative action when required

  • To prepare and collate evidence for relevant reports or evidence in court at public enquiries

  • To carry out relevant database and administrative tasks and using Information Management Systems such as PHILIS, IPAFFS and FSA.

  • Constantly maintain your knowledge of legislation to be able to carry out your duties to the best of your ability

  • To participate in the Council's Emergency Planning operations, this includes undertaking any necessary training in this department

  • The successful applicants will also be required to handle and be exposed yo product allergens such as Fish, Peanuts, Tree nuts etc.

The candidate:

  • Must hold a Level 4 qualification in Food Control or have relevant work experience. For example, trained to undertake extended role functions such as IUU.

  • A specialist port qualification or higher education certificate in Food/Science is desirable but not essential

  • Knowledge of BCP is advantageous

  • Previous experience working with food and health and safety is essential, enforcement or regulatory field would be desirable

  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the local authoritative bodies

  • Can demonstrate good IT skills, especially in Outlook, Word and other MS packages

  • Excellent communication, both oral and written

  • Able to show commitment to personal and work oriented goals

  • Full UK Driving licence and own transport is necessary due to the nature and hours of this role

Additional necessary requirement for this role:

  • The position involves working shifts covering 24hrs a day / 365 days a year.

  • Able to work remotely at home or from the Civic Centre in Ashford

  • The candidate must be comfortable working in temperature-controlled environments or at height

  • Willing to work in other council locations across the regions

  • No allergens to fish, peanuts or tree nuts, as these will be prevalent throughout the role

The successful applicant will be required to work on a shift rota, including early, days and nights

Salary is negotiable depending upon experience and grade. To apply please follow the link and upload your CV.

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