Senior Trading Standards Officer – Environmental Health

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Senior Trading Standards Officer – Environmental Health
Interim Position

K&C 5218675

Posted: 25th October 2022 07:36
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  • Pay Rate:

    £25.52 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 4-5 months

  • KENSINGTON, London,

    W8 6PW

What's involved with this role:

Full Job Title: Interim Senior Trading Standards Officer – Environmental Health

Job Reference: K&C 5218675

Pay Rate: £25.52 per hour PAYE

Hybrid role - mix of office and working from home.

Manage and organise the effective and efficient provision of a trading standards service to protect consumers and businesses by promoting a fair and safe trading environment and contribute to the delivery of the council’s objectives and priorities. As a subject matter lead and technical expert in the Trading Standards Team you will effectively manage casework, keep abreast of Trading Standards matters, motivate and support colleagues and lead on specific projects and subject areas.

Duties include:

  • Maintain specialist knowledge and be the service lead in a subject matter area which include:
  • Weights and Measures Inspector as defined by Section 72 of the Weights and Measures Act 1985, this may include holding the appointment as the Chief Inspector of Weights and Measures for Kensington and Chelsea Council. In carrying out the role, you will undertake the duties and functions specified under the Act on behalf of the Council and compile and submit Annual Returns within the time scales specified.
  • Accredited Financial Investigator as defined by Section 3 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Training as prescribed by the National Crime Agency must be undertaken and evidence of investigations undertaken must be provided to the NCA in order to maintain accreditation (along with the annual fee). Any returns must be complied as submitted within the time scales specified.
  • Level 4 Diploma in Intelligence Operations, carrying out intelligence analysis to highlight priority areas of work which may influence the Trading Standards business plan and/or project work and ensuring all intelligence submitted is to the required standard and disseminated appropriately. Lead liaison with Regional and National Intelligence Teams.
  • Lettings and Estate Agency Specialist leading in the enforcement of estate and lettings agent’s legislation. In undertaking this specialist role, you will keep abreast of any changes in legislation and case law/tribunal results, maintain and develop working instructions, procedures, and template documents, and sit on any specialist working groups.
  • As primary lead for these subject areas, compile and deliver any associated annual inspection plans and annual returns applicable to your subject matter area. Recommend any changes to relevant policies or procedures to the Team Manager as appropriate. Contribute to the development of the Service Plan and individual team plans and deliver services to businesses and consumers as directed by those plans.


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

  1. Qualifications:
    1. Diploma in Trading Standards (DTS)/Diploma in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (DCATS) or equivalent.
    2. Qualified Weights and Measures Inspector (S73 Weights & Measures Act 1985) or an Accredited Financial Investigator or other specialist area within the Trading Standards remit
  2. Experience:
    1. Proven experience of managing a diverse workload
    2. Work experience in trading standards or related field of work and recent experience of applying a broad range of enforcement tools
    3. Experience of planning, organising and prioritising workloads to satisfy performance targets and meet deadlines.
    4. Experience of using initiative and innovation to resolve problems and improve service delivery.
    5. Experience of providing Primary Authority/ Home Authority advice to companies
    6. Experience as a project Lead Officer, for example an underage test purchasing programme, including alcohol.
    7. Experience of monitoring performance against agreed criteria and/or performance indicators
    8. Experience of making presentations and organising and participating in Trading Standards displays and events.
  3. Knowledge:
    1. Knowledge of investigatory practices including PACE, CPIA and RIPA
    2. Knowledge of legal practices and court systems
    3. In-depth knowledge and understanding of the legislation, procedures, and practices applicable to at least one of the following: Weights and Measures, Proceeds of Crime investigations, Intelligence Operations, Lettings and Estate Agency laws.
    4. Excellent knowledge of the structure, workings, needs and risks of businesses operating in these fields
    5. Knowledge of CPRs, BPRs, underage sales, pricing, credit, safety and other consumer protection legislation and ability to demonstrate by example an understanding of statutory processes and instigating criminal proceedings sufficient to carry out the duties of the post.
  4. Specific Skills required for this Role:
    1. Ability to carry out the statutory duties relating to the regulation of businesses and the investigation of consumer complaints, including the interpretation and application of legislation.
    2. Ability to manage projects both internally and with external stakeholders, within agreed deadlines and according to specification.
    3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and to be able to converse, both orally and in writing, concisely with a variety of different audiences and can contribute to corporate issues within the organisation.
    4. Ability to use computers, digital technology, and software to input and extract data, write letters, reports and produce other documentation, and to connect and work remotely when required.
    5. Ability to identify potential threats, risks, and harm in accordance with the National Trading Standards Intelligence Operating Model.
    6. Ability to assess and analyse intelligence, locally, regionally, and nationally and takes effective enforcement action for a range of disciplines in accordance with the National Trading Standards Intelligence Operating Model
  5. Minimum of 12 months recent office administration experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation
  6. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite)


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  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. *** Other Work-Related Requirements:
    1. Ability to participate in continuing professional development training and job development programmes to keep abreast of changes in legislation and technical guidance in order to maintain statutory competency to undertake the lead officer role.
    2. The ability and willingness to participate in work duties outside the normal hours of work
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above – your CV must address the requirements listed

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  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for


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