Trading Standards Project Officer

Job Type:
Contract
Job Sector:
Public Sector
Region:
London
Location:
Unspecified
Salary:
£21.30 to £26.52 per hour
Posted:
13/11/2017
Recruiter:
Kenyon Block Consultants
Job Ref:
KBC1996

We are looking for a Trading Standards Enforcement Officer to join our local authority client on a part time basis

The project is to enforce specific enforcement functions in relation to the private lettings sector.

It is scheduled to last until April 2018 and and pay is £21.30 per hour PAYE or £26.52 per hour umbrella

1. Purpose of the Job

As an Officer with delegated authority, use accredited specialist multi faceted skills and techniques to carry out a programme of pro active and reactive functions which will contribute to raising standards of Trading Standards and Consumer Protection in the borough

2. Main Duties & Responsibilities

1. By using appropriate interventions, using delegated powers and specialist skills (i.e. inspection, enforcement powers, negotiation and persuasion) within all types of commercial activity, within the Borough, with the aim to gain and ensure compliance with Trading Standards legislation so that the standards of consumer protection are promoted and enhanced for residents, businesses and visitors.
2. Using specialist skills, make decisions on behalf of the Service relating to service requests, enforcement action, service consultations, licence applications and referrals from other organisations
3. Deliver advice, run campaigns and education initiatives with businesses, residents and targeted groups to raise and improve levels of consumer protection and awareness within the Borough
4. Work in partnership with other individuals, agencies, groups and government departments to enable the Service to develop and gain greater efficiency delivering its core functions
Level 2 Requirements
5 Provide professional and technical advice with mentoring and training to other members of the service as necessary.
6 To identify, develop and nurture partnerships with other individuals, agencies, groups and government departments to enable the Service to develop and gain greater efficiency delivering its core functions.

3. Job Activities

1. Exercise delegated authority where authorised to act as an Officer or Inspector on behalf of the Council under the appropriate legislative provisions and ensure statutory responsibilities are properly and effectively discharged, on issues within Trading Standards
2. To carry out programmed and complaint audits, inspections, surveys and investigations under all the relevant Trading Standards Legislation and when required Licensing Legislation , including visiting sites alone taking necessary action, such visits will involve attending locations and encountering situations which may involve personal risk.
3. Carry a caseload prioritising and programming work and making day to day decisions on cases as required.
4. Initiate and carry out enforcement and legal process functions in residential and all types of commercial premises (from multi national to small businesses), including the prosecution, seizure or detention of goods, issuing of notices, application for and execution of warrants necessitating the forced entry to premises
5. Provide specialist technical advice and guidance to all service users including residents, consumers, traders and businesses on designated Trading Standards matters.
6. Responsible for the proper storage, care, calibration of all specialist and routine equipment which may be necessary for the carrying out of the post in accordance with best practice
7. Prepare case reports and make recommendations for legal proceedings and provide briefings for legal representatives.
8. Produce witness statements, attend court and other legal forums and act as an expert witness in Trading Standards issues on behalf of the Council,
9. From time to time co-ordinate responses on multi disciplinary issues where the public is at risk where liaison with and action from other organisations and Council departments are necessary
10. The postholder may be required to undertake any duty appropriate to the post within any unit of the Section at any location within the Borough including tasks outside normal working hours.
11. To ensure that all duties and responsibilities are performed in accordance with all Council’s Policies and Procedures including Financial Regulations, Standing Orders, Personnel Policies and Procedures, Health & Safety Policy etc.
12. To participate in the Council’s Performance Management Scheme achieving identified standards / targets and ensuring these are met within the agreed time scale.
13. Assist Trading Standards Officers to carry out weight and measures inspection, enforcement and verification, including the verification and calibration of traders’ weights, measures and equipment under the direction of a Trading Standards Officer.
14. Keep abreast of professional developments and best practice in all areas of Trading Standards, attending Continuing Professional Development Courses as appropriate and applying updated knowledge to present case load and sharing information gather on Courses, including providing training for other staff.
15. To operate and utilise Information Technology as appropriate to the work of the Section and assist with the identification and development of new IT applications that would improve the efficiency of the Section.
16. To promote and comply with the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy in the opposition and eradication of all forms of discrimination and to ensure all services are accessible to all users
17. To undertake any other duties and responsibilities which may from time to time arise which are within the capabilities of the postholder and commensurate with the grade of the post.
Level 2 Requirements
18. To undertake complex programmed and complaint audits, inspections, surveys and investigations under all the relevant Trading Standards Legislation, including visiting sites alone taking necessary action, such visits will involve attending locations and encountering situations which may involve personal risk.
19. To prepare correspondence and reports for, and represent the Section at Committees / Sub- Committees, or be a representative of the Council at, Forums, Multi-disciplinary working groups etc. Represent the Council on liaison and multi-disciplinary working groups both within and outside the Borough and ensure appropriate liaison with all interested parties on issues including the public, elected members, other Council Dept’s, and other Local Authorities.
20. Participate in the preparation of policies, procedures and guidance notes and the development of quality assurance and system manuals on good practice.
21. Provide professional and technical advice with mentoring and training to other members of the service as necessary.
22. Specialise on designated area of Consumer Protection legislation
23. Lead project and investigation teams when authorised to do so

Please send your CV through to info@kenyonblock.com

Contact Details:
Kenyon Block Consultants
Tel: 020 8360 7289
Contact: Phyllis Kenyon
Email:

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