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Trading Standards Officer - Temporary

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Trading Standards Officer required for our local authority client based in Merseyside.

£40 per hour


Carry out criminal compliance enforcement activities across the regulatory service functions.

Within a generic team carry out inspections, surveys and investigations into complex and serious breaches of trading standards legislation. Identify legal contraventions and select, recommend and execute appropriate enforcement activity based on assessed risk. The post holder will have sole responsibility for undertaking this work and the duties will include presenting solutions to bring a resolution to complex issues.

Undertake and/or supervise complex projects involving a range of stakeholders, aimed at securing business compliance with all Trading Standards legislation

Prepare reports, undertake correspondence, conduct interviews, brief the Council Solicitor, and when necessary, give evidence in Court.

Enforce all relevant legislation utilising a full range of enforcement powers from an informal educative approach to formal legal proceedings as laid down in the Division's Enforcement Policy.

Significant participation in project teams to deliver local and national health promotion initiatives

Monitor performance and quality standards and ensure that Trading Standards work complies with policy and procedures and the standards required in (the local service level management agreement and in the sub-regional partnership agreement).

Research, review, develop, consult on and implement policy and procedures for Trading Standards to help the Council to achieve its objectives in relation to Trading Standards, Including, production of management reports to identify changes and trends.

Maintain an up-to-date knowledge in relation to relevant Government initiatives, guidance, changes in legislation and good practice

Work with other Council departments and external voluntary and statutory bodies to identify any issues that require intervention through Trading Standards

Ensure that management information is produced and verified to enable accurate management reports including statutory returns and statistics to be provided on time


Professional CTSI Trading Standards qualification (DTS/DCATS including Food and Legal Metrology modules) or equivalent.

Knowledge & Skills:

Demonstrate the ability to represent the Trading Standards Service at meetings, participating in the co-ordination or lead regional initiatives and projects with other Local Authorities, professional bodies, or external organisations.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to influence the behaviour of others.

Knowledge of current and proposed Trading Standards legislation and statutory guidance

Ability to work with minimal supervision and to a high level of accuracy.

Demonstrate knowledge of Enforcement Procedures and PACE.

Demonstrate the ability to prepare reports, undertake correspondence, conduct interviews and collate case files for Legal Services.

Demonstrate the ability to investigate and undertake complex projects.

Have effective time management skills

An awareness and understanding of equality issues.

Demonstrate computer literacy

Demonstrate an ability to be an effective communicator at all levels

Out of office hours to meet the needs of the service


Have experience in working in a large urban authority or private sector organisation.

Experience in a Trading Standards service

Have experience of investigating consumer complaints.

Have experience of the provision of business advice to members of the public and commercial undertakings.

Please apply with your updated CV ensuring that any gaps in employment are explained.

At this point, may we take this opportunity to thank you for the interest you have shown in this role. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not always possible to respond to everyone. Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 7 days, your application for this vacancy may not have been shortlist by the client.

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£32 - £40 per hour + PAYE/Umbrella