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Licensing Officer - West Suffolk Council Closing Date: 31/08/2020

Job title - Licensing Officer

Job reference - R0878

Date posted - 03/08/2020

Application closing date - 31/08/2020

Location - West Suffolk

Salary - Starting salary £25,801 - £26,317 per annum, depending on qualifications/experience (potentially rising to £30,507 through annual Performance Review awards) plus benefits package

Contracted hours - 37 hours per week

Department - Licensing


Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and efficient individual to join our licensing team as a qualified Licensing Officer.

As a key member of the licensing team within Planning and Regulatory services, you will be part of a team delivering an effective and efficient Licensing service.

The West Suffolk Licensing service is essential in protecting the public and helping licensable businesses and other organisations to strengthen their reputation and productivity through good regulatory practice. 

The licensable activities that we deal with include hackney carriage and private hire vehicles, premises and persons in respect of the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment, premises under the Gambling Act 2005, animal welfare establishments, street trading and vending, scrap metal, sex establishments and charity collections as well as any future licensing requirements.

The successful candidate will be:

  • Flexible in their approach to work, with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Able to resolve problems and challenges
  • An excellent administrator, communicator and IT skilled
  • Experienced with working on databases
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Highly organised, with an attention to detail and accuracy
  • A team player

We would welcome applications from an experienced Licensing Officer with a breadth of licensing knowledge, who can work unaided on a wide range of licensing matters, ensuring compliance with our procedures, legislation and best practice. 

If, however, you do not have licensing training and knowledge, we would also welcome the applications of those with less experience with the right attitude, ability and desire to learn to become a Licensing Officer. This would be a career progression opportunity to become a Licensing Officer with a starting salary of £22,462 per annum. Please see attached job description and person specification for Licensing Technical Support.

In return we can offer you our benefits package which includes:

  • Discounts on supermarkets and high street shops
  • Cashback on holidays and money off household bills
  • Competitive salary and pension scheme
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Generous annual leave entitlement and flexible working schemes
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Range of wellbeing initiatives

If this is a challenge that you are interested in, we would like to hear from you. For further information please contact Natasha Wade-Guest, Licensing Team Leader on 01284 757132 or