Job Title Customer Service Officer
Job reference 001964
Service Area / Directorate Business Improvement
Salary and Grade Career Grade Scheme 3-5: All Candidates start at Grade 3 at £20,061 with possible progression through grade 4 and 5 to £27,114 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
Contract Fixed Term up to 12 months
Hours per week 37
Location Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers
This is an exciting opportunity to join the City Council at entry level on a career grading scheme which enables you to move quickly through the grades. You will start on a salary of £20,061 rising to £23,333 after successful completion of 6 months’ probation with further opportunities for progression to £27,114 within 2 years.
Oxford City Council’s Contact Centre has a proud history of providing excellent customer service to its customers. Do you want to make a difference in the community and help us grow? If you are customer focused, have energy, a flexible approach and can help people in a caring, patient and compassionate way we want to hear from you.
Working in a busy contact centre, you will use your passion and people skills to answer questions, solve problems, manage enquiries over the phone and offer tailored solutions to our customers, putting them first and making them feel worthwhile. You will provide the best solutions to make life easier for customers, bring a personal touch to every situation and use your listening skills to ensure you do what you say you will do when you said you would do it. You will use computer systems to access and provide information and direct queries to appropriate departments as well as promoting our on-line services. You will work in a diverse team of open-minded individuals, committed to acting as Customer Champions and can expect to learn a wide range of services the Council deals with every day.
Supporting you along the way is a comprehensive learning and development programme which will enable you to build and shape the service we offer to the residents and customers of Oxford City, where your skills and performance will be recognised and rewarded.
Oxford City Council is a great place to start your career. Previous experience is not essential
Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status. Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) ‘Excellence in Innovation’ winners 2017, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) ‘Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System’, and several ‘Team of the Year’ national and regional awards across our Service Areas. This builds on our previous success in achieving ‘Council of the Year’ in 2015. We are accredited with the Customer Service Excellence Quality Mark which helps us to ensure that the customer is always placed at the heart of everything we do.
With over 700 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide.
We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.
How to apply
More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.
Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).
For further information and how to apply online, please visit www.oxford.gov.uk
If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848.
Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.
Coronavirus information: It is intended to conduct interviews via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Jitsi; please contact us if this is not an option for you. For most roles the successful applicant will be expected to work from home for the immediate future. They should ensure that they have reliable and secure wifi access; a suitable workspace and are prepared to undertake distance learning and training.
Closing Date: 16 September 2021
Late applications will not be processed
Interview Date(s): 29 September 2021/30 September 2021
For an informal discussion about the post please contact Mark Chandler on 01865 252747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are an equal opportunity employer:
We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the community we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic.