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Principal Port Health Officer

Kent - Ashford
£41718 - £46239 per annum, Excellent Benefits
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HR GO Recruitment are currently assisting with the search of Principal Port Health Officers in the Ashford and surrounding area. The officers will be required to undertake specific duties to protect the health of the public at the local port.

Main Duties:

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

  • Provide on hand advice and guidance to stakeholders, such as customers and import agencies

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

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

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

  • To assist in responding to emergencies in your department which may involve duties outside of your job description

  • Able to support other sections of the council with food authority, this also extends to wider public health and at time secondments to other departments on a temporary basis.

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

The Candidate:

  • Suitable qualifications to undertake Import Controls at Border Control Posts (BCP), such as MSc or BSc in Environmental Health accompanied with a certificate of registration with Environmental Health Board (EHRB)

  • Working knowledge of BCP is essential

  • A specialist port qualification or higher education certificate in Management is desirable but not essential

  • Proven extensive experience working with food and health and safety is essential as well as enforcement covering a wide range of food areas

  • Experience of managing people such as performance management is necessary

  • Must have had experience in a lead role within food related services

  • Direct experience with the use of PHILIS, IPAFFS or FSA would be advantageous

  • 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, there is a shift allowance included

If you are interested or would like more information please apply via the link.


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