Competitive Salary Offered
We are looking for an experienced Trading Standards professional to join our local authority client, based west of London on a temporary basis
To play a lead role in the Service's provision of effective enforcement action and support to local consumers and businesses to give the Council a better trading environment. To perform the operational roles and duties of the Team Manager, whenever required, to meet business needs.
To enforce Trading Standards legislation via a variety of methods including inspections, projects and targeted advice/education.
To conduct (and support other officers conducting) basic and complex investigations, producing a written report and attending court as necessary.
To provide basic and complex business advice and to act as a Primary Authority liaison officer as designated.
To provide advice and assistance to residents to resolve their basic and complex consumer problems, as applicable, and to prevent future similar problems.
To collect, assess, analyse and share intelligence in a lawful manner and to contribute to the Service's tasking and co-ordination process.
To lead on the development, management and delivery of cross cutting, multi-agency projects.
To lead teams of multi-agency officers on investigations and operations.
Education & Knowledge
Possess i) the Diploma in Trading Standards OR ii) the Diploma in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (DCATS) or the Diploma in Consumer Affairs (DCA)
Hold a valid UK Driving Licence. (A taxi service is available for a disabled employee)
A thorough knowledge of criminal and (relevant) civil procedures and investigations legislation, including laws of evidence and disclosure. Detailed knowledge of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and of surveillance and other covert techniques.
An understanding of the need for and the aims of a modern Trading Standards Service and the current challenges facing service delivery.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of the application of workplace Health & Safety legislation.
No conviction for dishonesty (subject to the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974)
Proven ability to interpret and apply complex legislation and similar documents.
Proven ability to investigate offences, prepare concise accurate information reports and give evidence in court proceedings.
Proven ability to lead successful projects.
Proven ability to advise businesses on complex le