Senior Environmental Health/Food Safety Officer

Senior Environmental Health/Food Safety Officer

  • Location: Witney
  • Salary: £31,229- £36,439 per annum
  • Hours: 37 per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 21 April 2021
  • Interview Date: 03 May 2021

An exciting time to join West Oxfordshire District Council!

West Oxfordshire District Council


This is a new role to expand our current team.  We work with colleagues in our shared organisation to provide an excellent service delivering statutory functions across three councils. The council promotes flexible working including home working and has a range of benefits including a health scheme.    

West Oxfordshire District Council is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing West Oxfordshire as one of the best places to live, work and visit in the UK.  We provide a range of important services including waste and recycling collections, planning, housing, leisure, community safety and environmental health.  The Council has an ambitious Council Plan focussed on a range of important priorities including climate action, strong local communities, and a vibrant district economy.  We want to deliver excellent modern services whilst ensuring the financial sustainability of the Council.  We also want to continue working in close partnership with our local communities and other important partners.

About the role…

We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Senior Environmental Health/Food Safety Officer who will work within our shared service of West Oxfordshire District Council, Cotswold District Council and Forest of Dean District Council. 

The main duties cover food safety and hygiene, health and safety and public health.  You will be undertaking inspections of a range of premises including our higher risk and approved premises, sampling, and investigation of service requests, communicable diseases, food poisoning outbreaks and accidents.  You should have at least 5 years’ experience in a similar role and be confident to lead on complex cases including court attendance.

Your base will be our Witney office but you will also have the opportunity to support your colleagues by assisting with visits and investigations in Cotswold/Forest of Dean.


You will need…

  • Degree/Masters/Diploma in Environmental Health or Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection
  • To be EHRB registered
  • 5 years experience in a similar role
  • A NEBOSH Certificate/Diploma an advantage

Special Conditions…

  • A full driving licence and access to a vehicle

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Eileen Pengelly on 01993 861000 or email

Please follow the link to see our great benefits: Benefits

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (West Oxfordshire District Council, Cotswold District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Forest of Dean District Council) to deliver more efficient and improved services. 

Publica is a unique place to work – we are a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer-focused organisation driven by real user needs.

If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by clicking on the ‘Apply for this Position’ icon within this page. Alternatively, please email us at or contact the recruitment team on 01285 623079/70

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in addition to your CV.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

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