Our client in Cambridgeshire is recruiting for a Licensing Manager to start ASAP initially for 3 months.
Purpose of Post:
- Responsible for the operational management of the Licensing Team and the development and provision of services in accordance within the relevant statutory and policy framework.
- Responsible for the Council’s licensing functions, including the sale and supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment, late night refreshment, taxis and private hire, betting, gaming and lotteries, street trading, sex establishments, charitable collections, hypnotism and other miscellaneous activities.
- To act as the senior technical and scientific advisor on matters relating to licensing.
- To engage with other agencies and local, district and regional level to promote licensing, and licensing policies and objectives.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- To effectively manage the licensing section and carry out the full range of duties relating to the Councils statutory obligations under various licensing regimes, including the sale and supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment, late night refreshment, taxis and private hire, betting, gaming and lotteries, street trading, sex establishments, charitable collections, hypnotism and other miscellaneous activities.
- To receive and verify applications for Council’s licensable activities, including ensuring the receipt of relevant fees. Ensure that the appropriate consultation has been undertaken by applicants and liaising with police, fire, highways, etc. in other cases where consultation has to be undertaken by the Council. Determine applications in accordance with the Councils Constitution and Scheme of Delegation. Ensure the timely production of licenses.
- Keep up to date with applicable legislation, codes of practice and technical and administrative developments in licensing issues and of any relevant national, regional and local policies in this area. Interpretation relevant legislation and guidance and the provision of guidance and explanation to the Council, applicants, licensees and the public.
- Formulate and implement service standards, policies, procedures and guidelines in accordance with changes in legislation and guidance. To keep under review the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and Gambling Statement of Principles, including consultation.
- To carry out systematic inspections and other interventions at licensed premises and activities at intervals that are in accordance with legislation, codes of practice and departmental procedures. Maintain and update database records which relate to those premises, evaluate compliance with relevant legislation and initiate appropriate action in accordance with departmental policies and procedures and the Council's scheme of delegation.
- Respond to complaints and service requests, evaluate and resolve by the most satisfactory course of action through advice, discussion, persuasion, mediation, enforcement and/or prosecution having due regard to legislative requirements, case law and in accordance with departmental practice and procedures and the Council's scheme of delegation Where necessary prepare prosecution or Committee Hearing case files and present evidence in court or Committee and act as an expert witness.
- Produce reports for, and attend where necessary, meetings of the Council's Licensing and Protection Committee, Licensing Committee and associated Applications Sub-Group and Subcommittee. Acting in a ‘responsible authority’ role as appropriate.
- To maintain clear, factual, up to date records in all aspects of work, including preparation of letters, documents, returns and reports. Ensure that all paper and computerised work records are promptly and accurately maintained and report any discrepancies. To prepare or contribute to written reports, attend meetings of councillors, give evidence at court and public meetings or enquiries.
- Provide effective leadership of the Event Safety Advisory Group involving senior representatives from external agencies providing advice and guidance to event organisers promoting good practice in public and welfare at public events in the District.
- To manage assigned budgets with due diligence and in accordance with Council policy and procedures, and statutory controls of licensing fee setting, including debtors/ creditors, fee recovery, suspension of licences for non-payment and vehicle testing contract.
Appropriate managerial and supervisory experience and ability to demonstrate effective leadership of front-line team in service delivery Minimum of two years’ experience as a licensing officer or similar public protection service.
Degree level, or equivalent, and preferably in possession of or working towards Certificate of Higher Education in Licensing Law, or equivalent.
If you have the right experience for this role and feel your skills and experience match the requirements, or if you would like more information on the role, please contact us on 020 8732 5450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org