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Trading Standards Officer

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
04/11/2021 23:59
£32,910 - £36,922
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Environmental Health / Trading Standards / Licensing
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
West Hartford Fire Station and H.Q.
Number of posts:

Job details 

Closing date:
4 Nov

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Further information

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 the team as a Trading Standards Officer. We are looking to recruit those with a flair for finding non-compliance and a determination to resolve issues. The post holders 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 posts 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 applicants.

We are offering:
- A salary of £32,910 - £36,922 (Band 8)
- 25 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays (rising to 30 after 5 years of service)(pro-rata for part-time employees)
- Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme
- Flexi scheme applicable to majority of roles
- Local government discount schemes available to all employees with offers at local businesses along with various national brands

Essential requirements
Essential criteria for the posts include a diploma in Trading Standards or equivalent and over 3 years' experience in dealing with businesses and consumers in a Trading Standards related role.

Full details can be found in the attached job description and person specification.

We would welcome expressions from anyone who does not have the above essential requirements but does have a Trading Standards related degree qualification and wishes to undertake the necessary work to become a fully qualified Trading Standards Officer. A starting salary of £28,672-£32,234 would apply in these circumstances. For an informal discussion regarding this role please contact Laura Brooks 01670 623705/ laura.brooks@northumberland.gov.uk .

Closing date for applications will be midnight on November 4th 2021

For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please see attached notes

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Although we advertise on North East Jobs, your application process will be directed to our Taleo system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with Taleo, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘hr-empty@invalidemail.com’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

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