Trading Standards Officer

Employer
Northumberland County Council
Location
Northumberland
Salary
£33,486 - £37,568
Closing date
29 May 2022

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Sector
Corporate Services, Communications, Customer Services, Legal, Policy
Job role
Officer
Contract Type
Full time

The Council

Northumberland County Council provides a large and diverse range of services across one of the largest counties in England. Ongoing challenges in Local Government combined with the diversity of our communities means smarter working is essential. That’s why we want bold, creative, and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate. For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here; http://northumberland.gov.uk/working.

The Service

Trading Standards and Animal Health forms part of the wider remit of the Business Compliance and Public Safety Unit. In turn, this sits within the Council’s Housing and Public Protection Service. Whilst operationally managed by as a single team and integrated working is encouraged, Trading Standards and Animal Health are two separate functions with their own dedicated officers, each led by a Senior Trading Standards Officer.

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and suitably skilled individual to join the team as a Trading Standards Officer. We are looking to recruit someone with a flair for finding non-compliance and a determination to resolve issues. The post holder will undertake work aimed primarily at investigating complaints, conducting requests for advice from local businesses and the inspection of businesses involved in the sale of food. Occasional weights and measures related work may also be required. The nature of the post will require a flexible approach to work including occasionally working outside what are regarded as normal hours. Other essential qualities will include strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to deal firmly but fairly with people, and the ability to prioritise a demanding workload. Managing priorities and maintaining momentum will be key features for the successful applicant.

We are offering:

- A salary of £33,486 - £37,568 (Band 8)

- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme

- A wide range of staff benefits including competitive annual leave provision

- Flexible working arrangements

Essential requirements

Essential criteria for the post includes a Diploma in Trading Standards or equivalent and ideally, over 3 years' experience in dealing with businesses and consumers in a Trading Standards related role. A food standards qualification is advantageous but not critical provided there is a demonstrated commitment to obtain it once appointed.

Full details can be found in the attached job description and person specification. We would also welcome applications from anyone with the Trading Standards Practitioner Certificate or who has completed the Regulatory Compliance Officer Apprenticeship. In this circumstance, there will be an expectation for the Trading Standards Practitioner Diploma (TSPD) to be attained within a reasonable time of appointment. A starting salary of £29,174-£32,798 (Band 7) will apply in these circumstances.

For an informal discussion regarding this role please contact Laura Brooks 01670 623705/ laura.brooks@northumberland.gov.uk

To view a copy of the Job Description and Personal Specification please click here

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.

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