Illicit Tobacco and Underage Sales Officer
The starting salary for this role is £34,356 per annum for working 36 hours per week and is fixed-term for two years from start-date.
Join our award-winning Trading Standards team and make a real impact on public health in Buckinghamshire!
About the role
Are you ready for an exciting challenge? We're looking for an Illicit Tobacco & Underage Sales Officer to join our dynamic team. This role, funded by the Public Health team in Buckinghamshire, offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the protection of our community's health.
Your work will be entirely within Buckinghamshire and the office base will be in Aylesbury, although there are flexible working arrangements in place which can be discussed further.
What you'll do
As a crucial member of our team, you'll carry out interventions, with minimal supervision, to determine if traders will sell age-restricted products to persons below the permitted age. These products include tobacco, vapes, nitrous oxide and alcohol.
Your role will also involve recruiting and managing young people (under 18) as test purchasers. Together with partner organisations, you'll orchestrate test purchase interventions and collect evidence in compliance with legal standards. Should non-compliance surface, you'll be responsible for producing meticulous reports that enable us to consider appropriate actions, including prosecution.
In this role you'll collaborate closely with colleagues from Buckinghamshire Public Health, the police and other relevant organisations. Together, you'll devise effective interventions and share valuable insights and intelligence with our partners.
As part of your responsibilities you'll also engage in promoting awareness events and activities related to products like tobacco and vapes. Your efforts will help us keep our communities well-informed.
To be shortlisted for an interview, your application should clearly demonstrate:
- A successful investigatory track record
- Up-to-date knowledge of investigation techniques and criminal evidential rules
- Strong investigation and report-writing skills
- A history of successful collaboration with partners
- The ability to de-escalate conflicts and manage challenging situations
If you're ready to take on this exciting role and make a positive impact on public health, we encourage you to apply.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 06/10/2023.
Interviews will take place week commencing 16/10/2023.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme.
Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:
- The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
- The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form
Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.