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Licensing Officer

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 23/10/2019 23:59
£28,785 - £31,371
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Trading Standards
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Broad Lane, Yate, Bristol, BS37 7PN
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
23 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Do you want to make a difference by supporting our Council and community with your specialist licensing knowledge?

Working within a busy and dynamic specialist licensing team responsible for the delivery of technical support and enforcement services in relation to a range of licensing legislation.

In the main Licensing Officers are responsible for activities within a defined case load, though this can vary according to circumstance and demand.

Including work areas in:

• Taxi and Private Hire Licensing
• Street Trading
• Licensing Act
• Gambling
• Scrap Metal Dealers
• Caravan Site Licensing, amongst others.

You will make a difference by taking the lead the response to licensing applications, writing reports to Sub-Committees, responding to complaints, proactive compliance and enforcement work where necessary. This may include investigating, preparing and taking cases to Court.

As well as educating existing authorisation holders and members of the public in relation to all aspects of licensing.

This role is challenging and there will be some physical aspects to the job, but we can assure you that this will be a rewarding role as a Council’s expert witness when required.

How you will make a difference:

• Provide specialist advice to customers on interpreting and applying policies and technical principles ensuring that effective customer relationships are established and maintained, advice is clear, accurate and prompt; the Council is aware of any implications, risks and benefits and solutions are negotiated successfully.

• Prepare and present reports on cases and compiling reports for Member sum Committees to determine. This is on a range of issues ensuring that they are completed on time and meet Council guidelines. Represent the Council’s interests ensuring that the Council’s position is advocated and that a clear summary of issues, progress and implications is given.

• Plan and organise projects and cases to achieve defined policy/technical outcomes in accordance with agreed standards and timescales.

• Develop practical approaches to resolve issues and plan their implementation and manage their delivery.

• Determine the data/information required to assess and resolve given problems; undertake analysis and derive conclusions to inform solutions as a basis for setting out options and making recommendations.

• Ensure compliance with department and Council policies, regulations and codes of practice.

• As appropriate give some technical advice and guidance to team members.

What we need from you:

• You will have a degree or equivalent qualification, or equivalent relevant experience and be working towards a relevant professional/technical qualification.

• You will have relevant practical experience of licensing enforcement backed by evidence of appropriate specialist knowledge of licensing related issues.

You will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving methodology of licensing legislation and powers particularly as they apply to local authorities, including their practical application.

• You will be able to determine your own priorities in dealing with competing workloads.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills: Including well developed interpersonal and communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with community groups and partner organisations.

• You will demonstrate knowledge in the use of software packages including in house systems.


• You will be familiar with the PARTNERS approach to problem solving.

Things we need you to know:

The post will be office based including some work outside of the office at other premises and locations in the district.

Evening and weekend working is an integral part of the post and responsibilities and regular work outside of the normal office hours.

This is a limited term contract for two years.

For further information please contact Kevin – Kevin.barley@southglos.gov.uk (01454 863576)

We understand this is a lot of information and this role might not be for everyone, but if you’ve read the above and are still excited about this opportunity we would love to hear from you.

‘We’re making a difference: be part of it.’

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