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Environmental Health Officer

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

Our Values

In line with our One Coventry Values we strive to have a workforce that reflects our local communities and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds, applicants who have a disability and applicants who are from the LGBTQ+ community to apply for our senior leadership roles. 

Our Values are:

  • Open and fair: We are fair, open, and transparent.
  • Nurture and develop: We help and encourage everyone to be their best and do their best.
  • Engage and empower: We talk and listen to others, working together as one.
  • Create and innovate: We embrace new ways of working to continuously improve.
  • Own and be accountable: We work together to deliver the best services for our residents.
  • Value and respect: We put diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do.

The Image “Our Values” is an image of text. It is a logotype for our One Coventry Values - Open and fair, Nurture and develop, Engage and empower, Create and innovate, Own and be accountable, Value and respect

About the team we are recruiting to

We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.

The Food and Safety Team is responsible for administering all requirements under food and health and safety law including inspections, complaint investigations, and accident investigations. We also administer the Safety Advisory Group to support safe events in the City.

We are based in the new One Friargate office building, within the City Centre. We embrace flexible working practices and empower you to manage your working day and location based on your workload and service area delivery requirements.

What is the job role?

We are seeking two positive, experienced, enthusiastic, talented, and driven professionals who care about the development of our great city to join our busy, high-performing, forward-thinking team.

You will be working in our Food and Safety Team which sits under the wider Regulatory Services Division, made up of multi-disciplinary professionals including Licensing, Trading Standards, Housing Enforcement and Property Licensing, Community Safety, Building Control, Taxi Licensing and Community Safety.

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

Posts are 27 hours or 22 hours per week.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for two qualified and experienced Environmental Health Practitioners who have detailed knowledge of the law relating to Environmental Health issues, investigative techniques, and the law of evidence.

Recent experience and competency in the enforcement of health and safety, food safety and food standards legislation is essential.     

You must possess a Degree or Diploma in Environmental Health and be EHRB registered to apply for this role.

You must also be competent under the provisions of the FLCOP to inspect high-risk food businesses for food safety and food standards and to use the full range of food safety and food standards 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 and have comprehensive experience in complex accident investigations.

For further information about the role, please see the Job Description and Person Specification.    

When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement, please ensure you provide information on the following in your application:

  • Recent examples of where you have undertaken high-risk food hygiene inspections and the action taken to resolve non-compliances found.
  • Recent examples of work undertaken with food standards and how the outcome of this work had a positive impact.
  • Recent examples of health and safety investigations undertaken and the action taken to resolve non-compliances found.
  • How you have worked in partnership with others to achieve a mutual goal. 
  • Please also let us know which post you are applying for – 27 hours or 22 hours.

For full details on the application process, please read the attached document titled ‘Coventry City Council Application Process’.

If you need help or support to complete your application, please visit our accessibility page to see how we can assist you. 

Guaranteed Interview Scheme - As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role and identify with one of the below criteria:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans.
  • Are currently in care or have previously been in care.
  • If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'. If there is any evidence of a candidate using AI to complete their application, then the application will be rejected unless the candidate can provide a justification which the Council considers to be reasonable.

Interview date: 25th July 2024


About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 5100 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit

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