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NEW Portal OV - Border Import Controls

2 months ago

Competitive Salary

Eville & Jones

Louise Rhodes

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Hull & Killingholme, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

NEW - Excellent opportunities for official veterinarians to play an important role at UK Border Control.

This is a fantastic time to steer your career into an evolving area of expertise in portal imports as the new EU controls come into force in July 2022.

Key responsibilities of the Portal Official Veterinary Surgeon are to:

·         Responsible for the implementation of veterinary border controls for Products of Animal Origin (POAOs), and accountable for taking the decision on the outcome of those controls

·         To execute all duties involving the enforcement of Statutes, Regulations and other legal requirements relating to applicable border controls and in particular:

- Products of Animal Origin for Human consumption - (PoAO)

                - Products of Animal Origin Not for Human Consumption – (NfHC)

·         To enforce legislation aimed at preventing the importation of unfit, unsound, unwholesome and other non-compliant consignments of food or feed

·         To contribute towards the development of the PHA annual sampling programme for Products of Animal Origin, that satisfies the UK National Monitoring plan. Assisting in the development of the wider Port Health Sampling Plan for food and feed, incorporating as required the relevant priorities that the Food Standards Agency might establish, liaising with official control laboratories in regard to product sampling and sample results

·         Participate flexibly in the OVS duty rota, where applicable, to ensure the provision of adequate professional cover throughout opening times. Maintain constructive communication with PHA management and other teams, engage in constructive feedback regarding capability or conduct of self and others and highlight potential corrective actions to be undertaken to enhance service delivery

·         To maintain a detailed knowledge of all relevant UK and EU legislation, DEFRA, FSA and relevant guidance

·         To enforce all other relevant Port Health legislation such as waste disposal from ships and port areas including international Catering Waste

·         Ensure that legislative requirements are met in relation to consignments, and monitoring re-exports, destructions and/or alternative uses for rejected consignments

·         To carry out administrative requirements including the operation of Information Management Systems commensurate with the activity of the post holder. To utilise all available technology to complete assigned tasks. Where support staff services are used, the post holder will be responsible for the accuracy of information recorded

·         To advise food business operators and undertake export certification, as authorised Official Veterinarians, on International Trade of POAOs subject to restrictions, either to Third Countries or to other Member States  

·         Completing the required documentation in an accurate and timely manner

·         Contributing to staff training as required


·         Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in Veterinary Medicine

·         Membership of RCVS

·         Excellent communication skills with a strong focus on delivering ethical customer care under scrutiny

·         A great team player who is both reliable and flexible

·         A flexible approach to working hours

·         Driving licence



·         Experience in an abattoir/meat processing setting (red meat or white meat) or export health certification

·         Knowledge and experience of appropriate legislation and controls, health certification, drafting notices and enforcement

·         Current experience of working as a Portal or Export OV at a BCP (desirable)

·         Good knowledge of the food industry

Package and Benefits

Tel: 0113 2 840 400
Address: Hull & Killingholme, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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