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Southwark Council

Public Health Policy Officer (Obesity and Physical Activity)

Job description

Southwark Council's Public Health Division is advertising for a permanent policy officer to lead on tackling obesity, encouraging residents to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and to move more.

Policy Officer for Obesity and Physical Activity is a varied, interesting and fulfilling role that involves leading on strategic pieces of work including delivering the Healthy Weight Strategy, the school meals transformation programme, supporting the Physical Activity strategic objectives and building back stronger post-pandemic. Through this role you will gain comprehensive experience of working independently on politically complex projects within an enthusiastic and high functioning public health team. You will work in a fast-paced, outcomes focused environment to lead on and input into major policies and programmes.

The role will involve working across the Public Health Division, wider council, NHS, and community partners in the provision and improvement of public health services.

You must have excellent communication, partnership, analytical and report writing skills. You will be highly organised and be comfortable working within a fast paced and reactive environment, where the focus is on the delivery and management of multiple programmes and projects to high standards within tight timescales. A strong commitment to addressing the wider determinants of health and to tackle health inequalities is expected.

The role in addition to their specific portfolio's will also be required to support Southwark's Pandemic Response to work with us in tackling COVID-19 and supporting our plans for recovery and renewal.

Additional details

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies including flexible working, home working, and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a friendly, supportive team that strives for excellence and values its members. To find out more about our benefits, please visit

Recruitment timetable

Closing date: Sunday 31st October 2021 at 23:59
Interview dates: 9th and 10th November 2021


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