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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 07/05/2019 23:59
£28,785 - £31,371
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Trading Standards
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Employment Location:
Council Offices, Broad Lane, Yate, South Gloucestershire, BS37 7PN
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Job details 

Closing date:
7 May

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Licensing Officer

Summary of Post

To work 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.

The Licensing Officers 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.

Educating existing authorisation holders and members of the public in relation to all aspects of licensing.

This post is a limited term contract for 12 months but may be extended dependant on service demand.

Main Duties

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/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.

Be the Council’s expert witness as and when required.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


You will have a degree or equivalent qualification, or equivalent relevant experience.

You will hold or be working towards a relevant professional/technical qualification.

You will have relevant practical experience; backed by evidence of appropriate specialist knowledge.

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

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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

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

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

You will have evidence of appropriate specialist knowledge including problem-solving methodology and relevant practical experience.

You will have well developed interpersonal and communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with community groups and partner organisations.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.


You will be familiar with Flare and UNIform database systems.

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

Additional Information

This post is a limited term contract for 12 months but may be extended dependant on service demand.

For an informal discussion, once you have read the job summary, please contact Kevin Barley on 01454 863576 or email kevin.barley@southglos.gov.uk.

Salary: £28,785 - £31,371

Hours: 37 hours

Closing Date: Tuesday 7 May 2019

Vacancy Ref: SGC1452/915/SS

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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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