Environmental Protection Officer (Licensing)
This special place in South West London between the capital and the country has been a Royal borough longer than anywhere else - it is where the first kings of England were crowned.
Today it is a vibrant and diverse borough, with a long history and strong cultural and community heritage. Kingston's riverside location, fantastic retail offer, historic market place and church, parks and gardens all make Kingston town centre the vibrant space it is, and each of our district town centres (Surbiton, New Malden, Tolworth and Chessington) have something unique to offer.
Situated in Zone 6, Kingston is among the best-connected town centres in London – with direct train links from Kingston and Surbiton stations to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and Tramlink.
Kingston’s people are innovative and entrepreneurial, and have a strong sense of community pride. The borough has been home to great industry and creativity for many years, reflected in assets such as the Rose Theatre, the International Youth Arts Festival and Kingston University, which boasts more new graduate business start-ups than any other.
We have seen tremendous generosity and compassion within our communities, particularly in response to COVID-19, which is a demonstration of Kingston’s key strength. The council offers a strong level of support to vulnerable groups and those who need additional support, which has also increased significantly as a result of the pandemic. Like most places, the average age of our population is rising as more people are living longer, so we are working closely with residents to help them maintain their independence and further improve the cost effectiveness of our service to meet the ongoing rise in demand.
Kingston is home to people from diverse and interesting cultures and backgrounds, which helps to create the rich sense of community shared across the borough. In particular, Kingston has a large Sri Lankan Tamil community and is home to more people from Korea than any other part of the UK.
Undertake a wide range of functions, administering licences and enforcement of legislation within a single shared service across Kingston and Sutton
We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic individual to join our licensing team working across our two boroughs. The team is responsible for a variety of public safety, health and safety and animal welfare regimes in connection with Alcohol and Entertainment, Gambling, Special Treatments, Street Trading, Animal Activities and Sports Ground Safety (and others). This includes
- Processing licence applications and associated paperwork through to issuing the various types of licences and permits.
- Carry out on-site inspections to ensure compliance with conditions and legal requirements.
- respond to and investigate complaints from residents and businesses
- provide advice and guidance to residents and businesses
- To prepare reports and appear at Licensing Sub-Committees where contested applications are determined by a hearing
Kingston and Sutton Shared Environment Service (SES) has been in operation for over 5 years.
In a recent external review Regulatory Services was recognised as "established”. Opportunities have now arisen to join the Licensing Team to enable us to build on the review recommendations to become an “advanced service”.
A small team of specialist officers, the Licensing Team has a wide ranging remit to regulate various licensing regimes. The team works closely together and with internal and external partners to provide a high quality and responsive service to the two Boroughs.
Join us at this pivotal time as we do our part to regulate and support our business communities to grow in challenging times.
Although a relevant professional qualification is desirable it is not a requirement of this role as we are able to provide training and development to the right candidate. With an interest in licensing and public safety you will be enthusiastic, committed, self-motivated and have a positive attitude. You must be a confident communicator with excellent time management skills and be confident in dealing with members of the public, elected councillors and other enforcement agencies in an advisory and regulatory remit. You must be able to demonstrate your ability to adapt to changing priorities and work accurately and diligently to tight deadlines.
A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is desirable. We have offices in both Kingston and Sutton, as part of the Council’s move towards hybrid working you will be able to work remotely from home, however a large part of the role requires you to make site visits and for this modern office facilities are available. Both Councils are currently reviewing future use of workspace and have adopted agile working practices as part of their programmes.
Essential qualifications, experience and skills:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and computer literate;
- Good standard of education - minimum 4 GCSE of grade C+ including Maths & English
- Experience in dealing with members of the public, good interpersonal and customer care skills
- Good organisation skills an ability to work under pressure and prioritise a heavy workload
As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across however big or small; will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.
In addition we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff supported by our IT infrastructure, Google Chromebooks and Google Apps, which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to be even more flexible in how we work and manage staff workloads, ensuring they have the correct equipment and resources to be able to maximise their talents and looking after their wellbeing.
Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:
- Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
- Three volunteering days per year
- Flexible and agile working arrangements
- Comprehensive learning and development programme
- Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
- Interest free season ticket loans
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
- Zip car scheme
- Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
- Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
- Subsidised gym membership
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
We pride ourselves on being a diverse, tolerant and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are proud to be recognised as a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to thinking differently about disability and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.
We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.
We are an accredited London Living Wage Employer and this means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage. The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living.
The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.
This opportunity is closed to applications.