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Food and Safety Officer
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC945RS
  • Published: Fri 19/11/2021, 15:25 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/12/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 5 (£32,207 - £38,023) per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Food and Safety Officer

Medway Council’s Food and Safety team is looking for an experienced and qualified Environmental Health Officer and a Food & Safety Officer (2 posts).

The Team carries out a broad spectrum of commercial Environmental Health functions through both enforcement and business advice.  This includes food safety and food standards, health and safety, port health and infectious disease control work.

You will have a recognised degree or diploma and the appropriate EHORB/EHRB registration.

You will hold the broad range of skills needed to meet the requirements of the Food Law Code of Practice (England). You will have recent experience in inspecting high risk food premises.  Experience of food standards, health and safety, port health and infectious diseases would be desirable.

Both posts requires you to demonstrate effective communication and negotiation skills; be able to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with people and be confident in all areas of regulatory enforcement. You will be capable of organising and prioritising your own work to meet challenging deadlines and you will operate in a self-sufficient manner.

Applicants should be able to provide evidence of continued professional and personal development relevant to either position.

We offer a flexi time scheme and essential car users allowance.

There will be opportunity to assist with other areas of work such as port health, health & safety and communicable disease and you can expect to play a meaningful role in the Council’s on-going response to the Covid-19 pandemic. These posts offer a wide range of experience, challenges and personal and professional development to the successful applicants.

We will consider job share applications and applications from recently qualified officers.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

For an informal discussion on either position, please contact David Brown, Environmental Health Manager, on 01634 337336.

Interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.