Border Control Service Delivery Manager – Plant & Bee Health

Felixstowe, Suffolk
£29,179 to £32,160
20 Jul 2021
29 Jul 2021
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Pride in the work

If there is one characteristic that marks us out at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), it is pride. We are proud to use our professionalism and expertise to safeguard animal and plant health across the UK for the benefit of the environment, the economy and the millions of people who live here. Join us and you will be part of a diverse team of over 2,000 skilled and committed professionals who share this inspiring goal. Together, we protect endangered wildlife, conduct research into bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases and vaccines, facilitate the international trade in animals, identify and control endemic and exotic diseases, and manage a programme of bee inspections, diagnostics, research, training, and so much more.

Border Control Service Delivery Manager – Plant & Bee Health
£29,179 to £32,160 | Felixstowe, Harwich, London
Gateway & Purfleet Border Control Posts

In this role, you’ll coordinate and manage a team of inspectors carrying out physical inspections of plants, planting material and produce at our Border Control Point (BCP). The role of your team is to make sure harmful organisms (HOs) don’t enter Great Britain from other countries. Working as part of a shift pattern, your team will prohibit certain quarantine pests in line with Plant Health regulations, and carry out documentary and ID checks on import applications. On top of plant health controls, your team will also conduct certification inspections on fresh produce for human consumption.

In addition to the above, those applying to the Border Control Service Delivery Manager position will also need:

  • At minimum, an HND or equivalent qualification in Agriculture or Horticulture, or a knowledge of plants and horticulture to a working level equivalent to that of an HND
  • A full driving license, and independent access to their own transport
  • Good interpersonal, written and presentation skills to enable effective interaction with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders
  • To be able to work in a high-pressure, time sensitive environment
  • Strong planning and organisational skills, the ability to work on own initiative and prioritise resources and workload to meet deadlines
  • An ability to analyse evidence and make sound business decisions

About you

We’re looking for someone with good planning and organisational skills who can meet targets, re-prioritise work, and collaborate in a high-pressure environment. In addition, you’ll need to be:

  • educated to GCSE level with grade C/4 in English, maths and a science
  • committed to training and continued development
  • able to take part in a shift rota to cover 24/7 operations, 365 days a year
  • able to communicate complex issues clearly
  • fully IT literate
  • adherent to all APHA and BCP safety policies


Join us and you’ll receive full training in Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) procedures, allowing you to act as an expert witness and to further develop your professional skills.

To apply please visit our website by clicking apply

Closing date for post: 29 July 2021.

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