Principal Licensing Officer

Buckinghamshire Council
£42698 - £44888 per annum
Closing date
11 Dec 2021

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Senior / Principal
Salary Band
£40,000 - £49,999
Contract Type
Full Time


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our busy Licensing Service in a lead strategic technical role. The work is diverse and challenging and will allow you to use your professional expertise and skills with a high degree of autonomy.

From building relationships with key partners, elected members and stakeholders to the development of core licensing strategy and policy for the Council, this is a varied and rewarding role, where you'll see the impact of your work in front of you.

About the role

As a Principal Licensing Officer, you will work as one of the Council's principal technical experts on all statutory licensing matters including premises licensing, taxi licensing, animal licensing and gambling, and advise elected members, managers and colleagues on the strategic impact of Government legislation in these areas. You will be a key member of the Licensing Service management team but, without any line management responsibilities, will have the rare opportunity to be able to focus your skills and expertise on legal and technical licensing matters.

You will liaise with partner agencies and organisations across Buckinghamshire on a wide range of licensing matters, working with a large degree of autonomy and using high-level negotiation skills to deliver positive strategic outcomes for our communities and the local economy.

You will work alongside team managers to establish overall performance standards for the Service and provide proper monitoring of objectives and standards as necessary to improve service delivery. This will include coaching and mentoring other team members and supporting them with complex technical issues and legal cases.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the strategic development, review and implementation of licensing policy and process in a way that supports the Council's wider aims and objectives.
  • Advising elected politicians, managers and colleagues on the strategic and operational impacts of changes to government legislation and guidance.
  • Overseeing and advising on complex decisions on licensing sanctions and legal action, including appeals and prosecutions.
  • Identifying training needs for staff delivering licensing services, working with team managers to ensure that staff are sufficiently trained, supported and competent to deliver effective and dependable investigations and outcomes.
  • Preparing, producing and presenting technical reports at Licensing Committees and other forums
  • Contributing to and delivering projects to continuously improve service delivery for customers and users

Career development is something we take seriously at Bucks; we love nothing more than seeing our colleagues grow with us, with members of the team progressing as they gain more experience and responsibilities within their specialist areas. We're committed to building an exceptional Licensing team, using our colleagues' talent, and making the most of what they have to offer. With a strong and supportive management team behind you, you'll be encouraged to further develop your skills in areas of interest. You'll have access to training with professional bodies to continue to broaden your knowledge and help you progress your career with us.

About you

You'll come to us with substantial professional experience of working in licensing and leading the development of services, policies, and procedures. Attention to detail and accuracy are key, as you take the lead on the interpretation of statutory requirements, best practice guidance and the strategic direction of the Service. You will have significant experience in preparing and presenting reports to Committees and will be able to make well-reasoned decisions in relation to licensing matters which are capable of being supported at reviews, Court cases and legal appeals.

You'll have excellent communication skills enabling you to work and negotiate with key stakeholders, partners and elected members, as well as with colleagues to deliver positive outcomes for our residents, communities and the local economy.

Other information

Our response as an employer to the Covid-19 pandemic has shaped the way we want to work in the future. We actively encourage a flexible working approach and you will be able to work both in our main offices (Aylesbury, Amersham and Wycombe) and from home, as well as visiting sites and businesses as and when required.

Closing date Midnight of 5th December 2021.

For an informal chat about this role in more detail, please contact Lindsey Vallis at

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

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