Environmental Health Officer

Priority Candidates will be considered in the first instance


Wigan Town Hall

41 Library Street




Salary: Grade 9, £35,411 - £40,478 per annum.


 37 hours per week


Your role:


The Strategic & Private Sector Housing Team works to shape the housing market for the borough and reform the local private rented sector improving the experiences of private tenants, whilst being part of a forward-thinking, innovative organisation who will provide you with the support you need to succeed.


 The Housing Standards Team sits within the Strategic and Private Sector Housing Team and works to raise the standards of private sector housing, educating landlords and tenants and responding to disrepair complaints, licensing Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs), bringing empty homes back into use and checking compliance with housing legislation such as electrical and gas regulations and minimum energy efficient standards (MEES). The remit of the Housing Standards team is diverse and fast paced offering great experience and development opportunities.


This Environmental Health Officer role will help respond to the growing demand from maintaining high standards within the private rented sector. You will carry out inspections on properties and help to promote housing standards and energy efficiency across the Borough

 In addition you will support the other housing standards officers with complex cases and assist the team in using legislation, in order to secure entry to hard to access properties.


 This is a key role in the delivery of improving private sector housing standards by supporting the use formal enforcement processes such as enforcement notices and civil penalties to tackle serious cases with non-compliant landlords and owners.


About you:


You will have a passion for delivering outstanding customer care to our residents.  You will also have exceptional influencing and negotiation skills and the ability to develop and manage relationships across organisations to deliver great services.


 You will be motivated and have a positive attitude along with a willingness to help and offer advice. You will be resilient and have previous knowledge, skills or experience that will enable you to investigate complaints regarding housing standards.


 You will have experience of working within the Private Rented sector with a good working knowledge of housing legislation and experience of undertaking enforcement action.


You will be confident in taking appropriate action and in the preparation and submission of evidence for legal proceedings on regulatory offences, attending court as required.


You will also have experience of dealing with the licensing of Houses of multiple occupation


 You will have a good working knowledge of housing legislation and the HHSRS.


 You will have a desire to learn and upskill by attending training and other CPD activities.


 You will have a natural desire to work with landlords and tenants and to promote housing standards and compliance.


About us:


 Wigan Council has been voted ‘Council of the Year’ at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards and has recently published The Deal 2030, our ambitious plan for our borough.  We are signed up to the Greater Manchester Continuous Service Commitment ensuring that your service will be continuous or 'unbroken' between the supporting organisations.


About us:


This role provides the perfect opportunity to join a growing, dynamic and innovative team that are passionate about delivering The Deal 2030 vision of a ‘Home for All’: A Borough that provides quality, affordable and accessible homes, part of safe and connected communities, to meet the needs of local residents.


 The Strategic and Private Sector Housing Service set the strategic direction for housing in the borough, maximising the role of the private housing sector and driving up standards whilst directly delivering a range of housing schemes and incentives and helping to develop meaningful relationships with local housing providers and developers.


Team members benefit from opportunities for further development and training within a supportive, flexible team who work together to respond to local housing demand and help to shape the future of Wigan’s housing market. 


 Here at Wigan, we are proud to support flexible working patterns, when the service can accommodate this. We also take a blended approach to where we work, depending on the work we do. This may include working from home (My Place), the office (Our Place) or the community (Your Place). We like to thank our employees for their hard work and commitment by giving them the opportunity to access a range of exclusive rewards and benefits click here to find out more about working for #TeamWigan.  


 Wigan Council prides itself on equality, inclusion and promoting diversity within the borough and aims to recruit a workforce that reflects our diverse communities. We invest in training and developing our staff, in a positive learning environment, and aim to be a consciously inclusive employer. We welcome applications from everybody in the community and would particularly encourage applicants from our underrepresented groups to apply. At Wigan, it is really important to us that applicants demonstrate our Team Wigan behaviours, and we do all we can to make sure that everyone feels like they belong. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.


 For further details or an informal discussion about this post please contact Neil Tonge, Housing Standards Manager – Strategic and Private Sector Housing, by calling 07887824428 or emailing n.tonge@wigan.gov.uk 


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Interview date: Wednesday 8th November or Friday 10th November

Environmental Health Officer
Location: Wigan Town Hall