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Marischal College Broad Street Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
£25,532 - £44,387 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

Job Purpose:

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Location: Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen

Duration: Permanent, Full Time

Trainee Authorised Officer G9 £25,532 - £28,187

Authorised Officer G13 £39,289 - £44,387

Aberdeen City Council Environmental Health Commercial Team works to implement the Council’s statutory responsibility for delivering Environmental Health Services in food law.
We are looking for a talented and suitably qualified applicant to join us as an Authorised Officer. Applicants with knowledge and experience in food law would be an advantage. However, for those looking to start a career in food law enforcement, there is the opportunity to join the team as a Trainee Authorised Officer and additional training will be provided. 
The successful applicant will be involved in a wide variety of food law activities in Aberdeen City and be required to undertake food law interventions; carry out food complaint investigations; provide advice on food and nutrition labelling and matters related to allergens; issue food export certification; undertake food fraud investigations and inspect vessels requiring ship sanitation certification.
You will be responsible for ensuring that statutory requirements are complied with, taking enforcement action where necessary and implementing Council policies, with a view to ensuring that risks to public health and safety are adequately controlled, encouraging compliance with the law and enhancement of public health through promotion, education and advice at all levels. The post will require occasional out of hours work.
Applicants must hold the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection and the Higher Certificate in Food Standards Inspection or the Higher Certificate in Food Practice or a relevant food science qualification, such as BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition, and Human Health, HNC/HND or equivalent in Food Science/Food Technology. A current full UK driving licence is also essential.
You must be committed to working in a team, be able to deliver a high-quality service, work to deadlines and have good IT skills. 

The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

Authorised Officer -

The Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection awarded by REHIS, or equivalent; and Higher Certificate in Food Standards Inspection awarded by REHIS, or equivalent OR Higher Certificate in Food Practice

Full current UK driving licence

Trainee Authorised Officer -

HND in food technology and/or food science or BSc (Hons) in Food Science or equivalent

Full current UK driving licence

The postholder is able to demonstrate:

Authorised Officer -

The field of food safety/science and technology of food/food production and processing

Writing reports and keeping accurate records.

Ability to work to deadlines.

Ability to plan and organise work effectively.

Presentations to different audiences

Trainee Authorised Officer -

The field of food safety/science and technology of food/food production and processing

Presentations to different audiences

About Us

Please see Job Profile for further details.

Aberdeen City Council is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Flexible Working

We are happy to talk flexible working and offer flexible working for most roles in the organisation meaning that many of our employees enjoy the freedom of choosing a working pattern that suits them as much as it suits the organisation.

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident Employer.  If you consider yourself to have a disability and think you may require a reasonable adjustment to be made for this part of the selection process, or would like further information in relation to reasonable adjustments, please contact

Armed Forces

We are a forces-friendly employer, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a silver award recipient in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  We have a specific email address for those in the forces, those who have left the forces, as well as their partners / spouses / families:  We are able to answer questions about jobs and our application / selection process, as well as about our employee support provisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

We have a number of guaranteed interview schemes available to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our roles and who:

  • have a disability
  • are care-experienced and aged 16-29
  • are aged 16-24 and live in Aberdeen City or have been to an Aberdeen City Council school and are applying for a Modern Apprenticeship (except Trades apprenticeships)
  • have done a Foundation Apprenticeship with Aberdeen City Council and are applying for any apprenticeships relevant to the area in which they did their Foundation Apprenticeship
  • are New Scots aged 16-24 and are applying for any apprenticeships

Further information can be found at

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  • Equally Safe at Work - Bronze
  • Scottish Living Wage
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