Interim Enforcement Officer – Trading Standards

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Interim Enforcement Officer - Trading Standards
Interim Position

Oxfordshire 5212268

Posted: 3rd August 2022 15:39
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £26.00 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 - 7 months

  • Oxford,

    OX2 2BY

What's involved with this role:

Interim Enforcement Officer - Trading Standards

Reference no:  Oxfordshire 5212268

Through the enforcement of Trading Standards legislation, the Enforcement Officer will keep individuals, communities and businesses from financial loss and unfair practices

You will provide support, advice and guidance to local businesses to help them develop and grow and so they do not suffer from unfair competition.

You will ensure business compliance by ensuring that they comply with applicable legislation.

You will safeguard vulnerable people by using customer focussed and intelligence-led approaches to tackle issues of consumer harm and loss.

Duties to include:

  • Prioritise complaints and enquiries from businesses and consumers and appropriately respond to/investigate these enquiries having regard to the Service’s policies
  • To gather evidence and investigate breaches of the law across the full remit of Trading Standards legislation in accordance with statutory codes e.g. PACE, RIPA, CPIA
  • Prepare infringement reports in a thorough and timely manner and give evidence in court when required
  • Enforce Trading Standards legislation and carry out inspections of trading premises to ensure that legal requirements are being complied with
  • To undertake project work, and respond flexibly to emerging issues to help the Service deliver the business plan, meet customer service priorities, managing project budgets and directing staff as necessary
  • To actively gather intelligence on business malpractice, contribute to tactical assessments and make proposals for action to reduce consumer harm
  • To provide a good level of customer service
  • To provide advice to businesses, communities and consumers on legislation, Trading Standards activities and business systems
  • To liaise and work effectively with partner organisations, where applicable to resolve, problems, gather information and represent the service
  • To make decisions based upon council/service policies or procedures
  • Ensure data and information is stored securely, distributed and destroyed appropriately in accordance with government guidelines
  • To undertake activities to ensure the Trading Standards Service meets its obligations and duties in relation to other legislation


Key responsibilities:

“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


  • Five GCSEs or ‘O’ levels at grade C or better
  • Knowledge of and ability to write professional business letters
  • Knowledge of and ability to write reports
  • Knowledge of basic maths, including decimal places
  • Knowledge and use of Microsoft applications
  • Strong interest in consumer rights and consumer protection matters
  • Ability to travel to a variety of locations
  • Excellent customer service skills: ability to deal with difficult customers and confrontational situations
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Ability to adapt to different situations and deal with people in a wide variety of contexts at all levels
  • If not already present, a willingness to undertake training to become competent in legal controls and Codes of Practice governing law enforcement (i.e. PACE, RIPA, CPIA, etc)
  • Ability to lift heavy (max 20kg) and unusual shaped loads
  • Ability & willingness to work outside office hours
  • Ability & willingness to work out of doors in adverse weather
  • conditions
  • Ability and willingness to work in a variety of locations including farms, building sites, warehouses, all parts of food premises and other locations


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Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for
  3. CSCATS or DCA part 1 or BSC/BA Consumer Protection or other related qualification
  4. DCATS, Diploma in Consumer Affairs or relevant degree
  5. Knowledge of legal controls and Codes of Practice governing law enforcement (i.e. PACE, RIPA, CPIA, etc)
  6. Knowledge of council/service policies or procedures
  7. Experience of investigating criminal offences and compiling reports for consideration of legal action, including experience of taking witness statements and interviewing under PACE Act and Codes
  8. Experience of working for other enforcement agencies
  9. Experience of using bespoke databases


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Interim Enforcement Officer - Trading Standards
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