Principal Licensing Officer

Lancaster City Council
£26,822 - £31,601 PA, with the ability to progress
29 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
New opportunity not to be missed! Lancaster City Council has a unique opportunity available for a Principal Licensing Officer to join the team at Lancaster Town Hall on a full time permanent basis. We are offering the Principal Licensing Officer a salary of £26,822 - £31,601 per annum plus benefits. The successful applicant will become our Licensing Manager progressing to salary £31,601 - £36,379 (Grade 6 SCP 36-41) upon satisfactory completion of probationary period and demonstrating achievement of the enhanced competencies associated with the Licensing Manager post Lancaster City Council are looking for an exceptional, forward thinking and enthusiastic local authority licensing professional to join our successful and dynamic Licensing Team. You will be operating in an area which has a fantastic historic city, coastal town and rural area of outstanding beauty, working within a highly motivated, cutting edge Public Protection service group. This post is responsible for leading the Council's licensing function and staff, shaping and developing our Licensing administration, providing high levels support to the Council's licensing committees, and supporting wider Public Protection objectives. We are passionate to explore and develop new, innovative ways to achieve the outcomes our communities need. This includes working supportively with licensees to ensure not only consumer confidence and safety, but also a positive business environment. For this we need the right person matching our ambition. What are the responsibilities of the Principal Licensing Officer? - Support the line manager in promoting the Licensing objectives and wider service and Council aims, working in partnership with colleagues, partner agencies, citizens and businesses to improve adoption of and compliance with desirable standards and legal requirements. Lead on engagement with the licensed trades. Provide briefings and presentations as appropriate. - Ensure a high standard of customer support, advice and guidance for applicants and members of the public in order to promote Council / service aims, facilitating positive Licensing outcomes and promoting community and trade reassurance. - Proactively monitor and take soundings of Licensing-related success measures and feedback. Ensure high responsiveness to received intelligence reports, allegations (of non-compliance, risks to community safety or safeguarding issues), requests for assistance and complaints about service. - Work conscientiously with minimum supervision and harmoniously as part of a team, assisting and deputising on licensing matters as required for the line manager. - Prepare advice and information, written records and documents including correspondence, reports and legal documentation to a high standard. Make prompt and efficient use of the service's information and quality systems to safeguard high standards of administration. - Undergo personal learning and continuous development to fulfil: - the competencies assigned to the post - required technical competences - identified training and development program and maximise capability and performance. - Carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Council's Health and Safety Policy and relevant Health and Safety legislation. What skills do I need to have to become a Principal Licensing Officer? - At least 5 GCSE's or equivalent including Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics - Further / higher education degree or equivalent - Specialist applied knowledge of current licensing law and functions for which the Council is responsible and relevant to the post, including topical and emerging issues - Knowledge, experience and understanding of the principles, policies and practices of local government licensing administration, and local authority systems and procedures - Sound knowledge of law enforcement and good practical regulatory skills relevant to a Local Government Licensing service - Ability to advise a licensing committee on law, procedures and technical matters in a professional manner - Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and a proprietary computerised licensing system, preferably Lalpac - Able to demonstrate strong evidence of working to the attached competencies. - Ability to regularly work unsociable hours, subject to operational requirements - Significant practical experience in a local authority licensing role including the preparation of committee reports - Experience in interpreting and enforcing legislation - Experience in conducting regulatory investigations, producing prosecution files and giving evidence in hearings and/or court. Closing date: Friday 13th October 2017 Why not click 'apply' today? Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your career as our Principal Licensing Officer. Lancaster City Council aims for Equality of Opportunity for All Safeguarding Lancaster City Council delivers a range of services and activities that impact on the lives of children both directly and indirectly. Safeguarding children, ensuring their welfare, safety and health is of paramount importance. We are committed to providing safe and supportive services that will give children the opportunities to achieve their full potential.
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