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Hq - Main Building, Council Headquarters, Newtown St.Boswells, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 0SA
£38,403.43 - £41,451.18 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

Job Details

Grade: 9B
Hourly Rate: £21.04 - £22.71
Salary: £38,403.43 - £41,451.18 per annum
Contract Duration: Permanent

Please note successful applicants will be placed on the first point of the salary scale unless they meet certain criteria.


Role Purpose

We are looking for two officers to join our Food, Health and Safety team. You will carry out the day-to-day functions and duties of the team ensuring that businesses within the Borders comply with food law and health and safety legislation.
As an excellent communicator, you will have the skills and ability to communicate with business owners and their staff, members of the public, other agencies, Councillors and other council officers at all levels. You will need a pragmatic “can do” attitude and be empathetic and supportive but also demonstrate a robust approach to enforcement when required.
You will be committed to providing excellent customer service and be able to deal with challenging situations calmly and effectively to achieve positive outcomes.
With thriving fish establishments exporting to EU and non-EU countries experience of dealing with Export Health Certificates would be an advantage but not essential.
Travel across the Borders' area will be required and pool cars are available.
The Borders is an area of outstanding beauty with many outdoor activities such as hiking, golf, fishing and mountain biking. Edinburgh is only an hour or so away, there is a rail link between Galashiels and Edinburgh and Edinburgh Airport and Newcastle Airport are both within easy reach.




• Degree / MSc in Environmental Health
• Diploma in Environmental Health (REHIS) or equivalent
• Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection and Higher Certificate in Food Standards Inspection
• Higher Certificate in Food Practice
• Participation in Continual Professional Development

A current driving licence and use of a vehicle is an essential requirement of this post.

* If you have a disability which precludes you from holding a drivers licence, Scottish Borders Council will take into account its responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to allow for your disability. Should it be possible to make such an adjustment in order that you can undertake the travel responsibilities of the post, this will be taken into account in consideration for this role.

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries may be made to Mark Eccles on 01835 824000 ext. 5390.

Scottish Borders Council is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to better reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from all minority groups and individuals who identify with one or more of the protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.  In particular from candidates who assess themselves as having a disability, under the Disability Confident Employer scheme this guarantees an interview to those individuals who meet the essential criteria of the post.  All appointments will be made on merit.