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Occupational Health Advisor

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Date: 10-Nov-2021

Location: Stoke, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.


Occupational Health Advisor


Location: Stoke-on-Trent

Hours: 24 hrs per week, 3 days


Premier Foods has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Occupational Health Advisor to join the team based at Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. The role will report directly into the site HR Manager with support from the Group Occupational Health Specialist. You will be required to support the operations team and support functions to provide a quality service that protects, promotes, and enhances the health of all employees at work – an integral part of the business working in partnership with HR & Operational teams. The role holder will take the lead in developing the site wellbeing programme and managing a case load in collaboration with Management & Leadership Team’s. With an estimated 500 - 700 employees on site, this will be a demanding role and will require the right candidate to have a broad experience and skill set. Ideally you will have experience working in a food manufacturing or FMCG organisation.


Main Duties & Responsibilities


Health Surveillance

•    Manage the Occupational Health Technician in delivering health surveillance and screening for the site

•    Provide medical advice regarding employees’ capability and fitness to perform their job role.
•    Update, maintain, review and audit medical records
•    Advise and introduce best practice and keep up to date with Occupational Health activities
•    Assess fitness to work on pre-employment, post sickness absence and accidents.
•    Manage the referral service for employees to obtain advice and treatment from company funded services and Employee Assistance Programmes.


Occupational Health Management

•    Take proactive steps to manage long term absence in partnership with HR and Operations. 
•    To provide advice/support to employers on complex matters which facilitate an employee's rehabilitation back to work after a period of absence
•    Work with Operations to risk asses adjustments needed for roles to ensure that employees can work safely and without risks to health.
•    Provide when necessary medical reports to assess an employee’s capability


Occupational Health Promotion & Wellbeing

•    Develop, manage, and deliver health promotional activities in-line with the site/group strategic wellbeing programmes
•    Attend Occupational Health team meetings as required, which may include travel to other Premier Foods sites across the country.



•    Support the structure, culture, and behavioural values of Occupational Health to ensure that the site is provided with adequate and timely support.
•    Be able to communicate effectively and confidently to all levels of colleagues within Premier Foods and be capable of maintaining professional communication with medical professionals, suppliers, contractors, and customers outside the business.


What we are looking for from you


•    Registered General Nurse 
•    Ensure strict confidentiality standards are maintained
•    Clinical competence (diagnosis, treatment and first aid)
•    Health assessment (pre-employment and post-sickness)
•    Data collection and trend identification
•    IT literate – be proficient in the use of MS Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint.


•    Degree in Occupational Health or equivalent
•    A minimum of two years’ experience in providing Occupational Health services 
•    Experience of working in a food manufacturing environment  

•    Health promotion (planning, practice and evaluation)

•    A qualification in Counselling

•    Working knowledge of ISO approved policies and procedure.


What we offer you in return:
•    Competitive salary
•    Competitive pension scheme
•    25 days holiday per year 
•    Holiday purchase scheme
•    Employee share save scheme
•    Cycle to work scheme
•    Employee discount scheme including travel, food and shopping discounts
•    Employee assistance programme
•    Free onsite parking
•    Onsite employee restaurant 


At Premier Foods we believe in inclusion, we seek individuality, and we trust in authenticity. Diversity is our strength, and everyone is welcome, we promise to foster an inclusive environment so everyone can thrive. We aim to ensure all existing or potential colleagues are given equal opportunities and are equally respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who you are, what you look like, who you love or what you believe in.

Everyday inclusion is our approach to ensuring that the things we all do on a daily basis, including the way we behave and interact with each other, support the culture and values we are committed to.