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Public Protection Officer, Healthy Neighbourhoods

Swindon Borough Council
Swindon, Wiltshire
Closing date
21 Aug 2021

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Public Protection Officer, Healthy Neighbourhoods

Location: Swindon

Hours: 37

Contract type: Fixed term contract for one year

Salary: £32,232 p.a.

Closing date: 31/08/2021

Interview date: w/c 13/09/2021

There has never been a more exciting time to work in Swindon. Swindon has an ambitious vision to become a leading regional centre by 2030 with the fastest growing economy outside London and the quality of life to go with it. We are recognised as a regional and national growth point and are working not just with local partners, but regional and central government to deliver that vision. We’re focused on performing better and offering more. And we’re leading the field with innovative services, introducing new initiatives right across the board.

We are recruiting a Public Protection Officer to work in our close knit, friendly and high performing Public Protection team, which sits within Public Health.  Public Protection is transforming; with a much greater emphasis on digital services and case management, mobile and innovative ways of working.  

Which is where you come in: as an officer in our Healthy Neighbourhoods Team you will be part of a successful team operating across the whole Housing and Environmental Protection arena.  You will assist with annual audits of  Licensed HMO’s in the Borough and work with landlords of new HMO’s to meet all the minimum standards.  This role will involve engagement with landlords and the necessary skills to take enforcement action such as imposing civil penalties where necessary.  You will also receive and deal with both proactive & complaint led cases covering Housing Standards, Statutory Nuisance, Public Health, and more.  In Housing you will use the full range of the new enforcement powers.  You will act across a wide range of determinants every day. 

You will be part of a holistic and multi-disciplinary team providing advice, enablement, and enforcement; as part of a wider public health delivery agenda.  We promote flexible working, with mobile working and flexible working hours.  

With a degree in environmental health, or equivalent, you may also have a Post Graduate qualification in a subject such as Housing, and you will be able to demonstrate a broad technical background across a range of relevant environmental health disciplines.  You will possess excellent people skills allied with the proven ability to listen, explain, negotiate and influence.  You will have a track record of good performance in a busy environment.  You may have significant experience in Housing enforcement specifically HMO’s and candidates without the relevant degrees, but with adequate experience in these specialisms will also be considered.

You must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act – for the effective performance of a customer-facing role).

In return you will receive:

•    A Competitive Salary
•    Flexible working 
•    At least 25 days holiday
•    A career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme
•    Leisure and Legal Services discounts
•    Eating Out, Shopping and Entertainment discounts

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