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Head of Port Health

Salary range circa £63k-£80k (including market supplement)

£3k car allowance

Relocation package up to £8k

The brand new Inland Border Facility at Ashford, Kent is an exciting opportunity to make your mark in ensuring that the 120,000 food imports per year coming into the UK via Eurotunnel meet the UK’s requirements for food safety.

Heading up a new Port Health Authority comprising of around 100 staff you will have a unique opportunity to shape the service to make it an efficient operation that hauliers choose to use.

You will have a solid background in managing a closely related service, ideally as a senior port health manager and have sound experience dealing with regulatory work especially within a 24/7 365 service. The first year will be about making sure the service, processes and structure is fit for purpose, thereafter it will be ensuring that the operation develops to support itself with its fees and charges and respond to new requirements and challenges effectively and efficiently. This will require you to operate in a commercial and innovative way.

The successful candidates will be able to show how they have used their experience to influence key stakeholders (such as government departments, FSA, hauliers and other partners) to develop approaches in the mutual benefit of all involved.

Consideration will be given to secondment arrangements for suitably experienced candidates, if you are likely to apply on this basis please state this on your CV.

Download Head of Port Health Job Description [docx] 57KB.

To apply, please send your CV to recruitment@ashford.gov.uk.

Closing date: 21 February 2021

Border Control Facility

A new Border Control Facility is being set up in Ashford on the Sevington site near junction 10A of the M20. This site will provide the customs and transit checks required for hauliers following Brexit.

We are currently recruiting for a range of exciting new roles at this site. These include roles in IT, Legal, Admin and HR as well as managerial and technical/environmental roles. Some of these roles we are recruiting via our own jobs portal and some of these roles are being recruited via a vendor.


Grid of people from all different backgrounds

If you are interested in the following roles please click on 'search current vacancies' above:

  • Port Health Team Leader
  • Port Health Senior Administrative Officer
  • Border Control Post IT Support Team Leader

If you are interested in the roles below then we are working with the Matrix SCM Group so please don’t send your CV to us. Instead, apply through CDL or through an agency (view more details here [pdf] 88KB).

  • Principal Port Health Officer
  • Senior Port Health Officer / Port Health Officer
  • Senior Port Health Support Officer
  • Port Health Support Officer
  • Port Health Support Assistant 


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