Technical Support Officer – Port Health (Full-time)

  • Northern Ireland
  • Ongoing Agency
  • Temporary
  • Belfast
  • £16.12

Bluestones Staffing

Main purpose of job

Reporting to the relevant line manager as appropriate, the primary function of the Technical Support Officer is to provide support in undertaking a range of statutory services in relation to the protection of public and animal health at the Port of Belfast (PoB), Border Control Post in accordance with UK, NI and EU legislation.

To carry out duties as defined in the management and control of imported food following procedures, working independently or under the supervision of the Environmental Health Officers (EHO) assigned to Port Health.  To liaise, as required, with professional officers from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and other partner bodies as required.

Post-holders may be required to handle and be exposed to food product allergens, for example, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, etc.

Essential criteria

Qualification and driving licence

Applicants must, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:

  • possess a full, current driving licence which enables them to drive in Northern Ireland and a have a car available for official business use, or, access to a form of transport which will enable them to meet the requirements of the post in full[1]; and
  • hold a third level qualification in a relevant subject such as food science; food technology; business/retail management; logistics and supply chain management; quality management or equivalent relevant qualification.

[1] Please be advised that this alternative is a ‘reasonable adjustment’ specifically for applicants with disabilities who, as a result of their disability, are unable to hold a full, current driving licence.  However please also be advised that, given the business need for the post-holder to visit premises citywide in order to carry out inspections, investigations and other visits, the ‘reasonableness’ of this adjustment will be thoroughly considered prior to any appointment being made.

Short-listing criteria

In addition to the above qualification and driving licence, Belfast City Council reserves the right to short-list only those applicants who, as at the closing date for receipt of applications forms:

  • in the first instance, can demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least one year’s relevant experience of working as a food law enforcement officer or working with food safety management systems; and
  • in the second instance, can demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least two years’ relevant experience of working as a food law enforcement officer or working with food safety management systems.

Overtime pay is available.

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