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Environmental Health Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


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About the team we are recruiting to

Coventry City Council is an exciting place to work – currently UK City of Culture until May 2022 and soon to be part of the Commonwealth Games 2022 the Regulatory Services team is busy helping to plan and prepare to host safe events in the City and to support local businesses in complying with a wide range of legislative requirements. You too can be a part of this.

We are looking to recruit an Environmental Health Officer to join the Food & Safety Team. We are seeking a positive, experienced, enthusiastic, talented and driven professional who cares about the development of our great city to join our busy, hard working, forward thinking team.​

The successful candidate will be working in our Food & Safety team which sits under the wider Planning & Regulatory Services team, made up of multi-disciplinary professionals including Licensing, Trading Standards, Food and Safety, Planning and Housing Enforcement and Property Licensing. 

The service area aims to:

  • Ensure that the public, visitors, workers and residents of Coventry have the right to a healthy and safe work and domestic environment;
  • Treat all regulated persons and businesses in a fair and consistent manner, through a process of education, persuasion and enforcement, ensuring that the public and businesses observe the law, and
  • Protect public health and the wider environment, whilst minimising disruption to enterprise or economic activity and reducing the legislative burden on compliant businesses

The Food & Safety team are responsible for administering all requirements under food and health & safety law including inspections, complaint investigations and accident investigations. We also work closely with the Safety Advisory Group to support safe events in the City.

What is the job role?

You will be working under the general direction of the Food and Safety Manager to enforce all relevant legislation administered by the department, and to educate and encourage the public and business proprietors to improve relevant standards.

This post is a 30 hour per week, fixed term contract until end of November 2022.

Main work duties will include but will not be limited to the following: 

  • Inspecting food businesses in accordance with the provisions of the Food Law Code of Practice (FLCOP).
  • Investigation of a wide range of complaints and enquiries, ensuring that all relevant legislation and guidance is being complied with.  
  • Undertaking accident investigations and taking formal action if required; including prosecution if necessary.
  • Investigating cases and outbreaks of infectious diseases.
  • Providing support to local businesses to ensure compliance with a wide range of regulations.
  • Working collaboratively with a wide range of partners.
  • Taking appropriate action under the relevant statutory provisions to ensure the department's objectives are met. 

For a full list of the main duties and responsibilities please view the job description attached below.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner who has detailed knowledge of the law relating to Environmental Health issues, investigative techniques and law of evidence. Competency in and recent experience of enforcing health and safety and food safety legislation is essential.      

You will be working as part of a busy team and managing a heavy caseload so an ability to prioritise workloads and meet deadlines is key.  

To apply for this role, you must possess a Degree or Diploma in Environmental Health and be EHRB registered. You must also be competent under the provisions of the FLCOP to inspect high risk food businesses and to use the full range of food safety enforcement powers open to the profession. In addition, you must be competent to enforce the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and associated Regulations. You must be competent to serve Improvement and Prohibition Notices. 


When applying for these roles you will be asked to write a personal statement, please include the following examples in your application: 

  • How you manage and prioritise your workload
  • Recent examples of where you have undertaken high risk food inspections and the action taken to resolve non-compliances found
  • Recent examples of work undertaken in relation to health and safety investigation  and the action taken to resolve non-compliances found
  • How you have worked in partnership with others to achieve a mutual goal

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): 13th December 2021 via Microsoft Teams

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

Coventry City Council

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