Temporary PRS Procurement Officer – Housing

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Temporary PRS Procurement Officer - Housing
Contract / Temporary

Havering RQ597440

Posted: 7th June 2022 12:09
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  • Pay Rate:

    £18.24 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months.

  • Romford,

    RM1 3BB

What's involved with this role:

Temporary PRS Procurement Officer - Housing

Reference no: Havering RQ597440

The post-holder will be responsible for acquiring a sufficient supply of private sector accommodation to address and minimise homelessness in the Council, providing accommodation of a suitable type, size and location to meet the requirements of clients in housing need.

Key responsibilities:

  • Acquire a sufficient supply of private sector accommodation to address and minimise homelessness in the Council, providing accommodation of a suitable type, size and location to meet the requirements of clients in housing need.
  • Assist the Housing Supply Lead in strengthening the Councils role in the private housing sector to promote and operate initiatives under the Council’s Housing Solutions team and Local Lettings Agency.
  • Develop effective marketing and procurement strategies to maximise the number of suitably affordable private rented accommodation available to the Council.
  • Provide a high-profile single access point for all private housing options for people who want to rent, buy affordable housing products or need help to prevent them losing their home in the private sector
  • Provide advice, support and encouragement to landlords with homes to let and increase the number of landlords and letting agencies that work with the Housing Solutions Team.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with new and existing landlords and letting agents.
  • Contribute to research and service development of the Housing Solutions team, PRS and Local Lettings Agencies

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

Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills

  • Experience of working with private sector landlords.
  • Knowledge of the operation of the private sector rental market.
  • Excellent working knowledge of all elements of housing needs: housing advice, homelessness prevention, property allocation and choice-based lettings.
  • Experience working in a busy front facing customer focused environment to give advice and information to vulnerable customers.
  • Experienced in using data and case management systems to ensure data quality and effective sharing of work.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Proficiency in Microsoft and database use.
  • Ability to handle and respond to customer complaints clearly and comprehensively in keeping with the council’s service standards.
  • Excellent negotiating skills at the appropriate standard to liaise with landlords and agents.
  • Ability to manage and direct own workload and act on own initiative.
  • Ability to work as an effective member of a team, supporting colleagues.
  • Ability to deliver at pace and quickly to tight timescales, balancing both immediate term priorities and longer-term goals.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage own workload.
  • Ability to deal with complex and contentious cases and make bespoke recommendations to senior management.
  • Ability to respond quickly and positively to changing work demands and conflicting priorities.

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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. 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.


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Temporary PRS Procurement Officer - Housing
Client Category: Local Authority

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