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"Making Stevenage better for everyone"

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Post number 000492
Location Stevenage
Hours per week 37 hours per week / Monday to Friday 
Salary Starting from £27,041 to £30,284 (pro rata for hours worked)
Full / Part time Full time
Contract Fixed Term 6 months
Closing date 5pm Thursday 2 December 2021
Interview dates Week commencing 13 December 2021

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service

Stevenage - A New Era

The scale of ambition across Britain’s First New Town is unprecedented. A major £billion town centre regeneration programme is currently underway along with a £45 million refurbishment of council homes. At the same time there is significant investment across the town’s neighbourhoods to make lives better. All of this is being driven by a council with a co-operative commitment to working with its communities and driving a modern and agile approach to its work.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on Stevenage, as it has across towns and cities across the UK. As the town embarks on its recovery plan it does so attempting to ensure that no-one is left behind. The council has recently agreed an Inclusive Economy Charter and has also announced an Equalities Commission. The aim of both of these is to tackle issues of social exclusion and to ensure opportunities are created for everyone across the town. The local voluntary sector has also come together to work to secure resources to tackle the challenges ahead.

The next 12 months will be critical to the town’s recovery.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity within the Income Services Team. You will deliver a high quality customer focused comprehensive income collection and recovery service for our tenants working to mitigate the impact of the ongoing Covid19 pandemic and Welfare Benefit changes such as Universal Credit.

Your focus will be on ensuring customers make regular and timely payments. You will have understanding of the difficulties many people face in the current economic climate so you will promote approaches that help people who have financial difficulties and support customers to sustain their homes which often extends to dealing with wider housing management related issues.

You will be responsible for managing a customer case load at all stages of rent and debt recovery, including taking legal action. This involves being flexible and maximising opportunities to engage with customers using all available means, developing and maintaining effective relationships with customers and liaising with different agencies.

The post holder will support the Income Services team in the efficient and effective management of Income Collection and Arrear recovery.

About you

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Experience in a customer facing service, with excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to manage a busy workload.
  • Resilience and great team work skills
  • A dynamic, pro-active and creative approach
  • Good organisational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Determination to achieve targets
  • Experience in managing complex cases and problem solving
  • Negotiating skills to make sustainable and reasonable payment plans

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:

  • Pension Scheme: we offer a career average pension scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants.
  • Flexible working: available upon request, subject to operational requirements.
  • Part time and Job share: all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave, maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
  • 24 days holiday rising to 30 days (depending on Local Government service).
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities.
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Season ticket loans and discounts for public transport.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Stevenage Credit Union: secure savings, free life insurance and access to cheap loans.
  • Employee Discounts: via monthly paid membership of the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC).
  • Discounted Health and Fitness membership at Stevenage Leisure Ltd (SLL).
  • Trade Unions: for a small fee, all employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union.

Our values

We care passionately about our town and are committed to making a real difference now and into the future.

Our approach is driven by Our Values. These guide and inform everything we do; delivering our services, making Stevenage a great place to live, working with our partners, and ensuring SBC is an inspiring place for our staff to work.

Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification

We are unable to accept CV’s. Please quote the correct reference no. when applying 000492.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please also read the guidance notes on completing the application form before proceeding with your application.

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For an informal discussion about this role please contact contact Lindsey Body on 01438 242948.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date in certain circumstances. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

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We look forward to receiving your application.

Equalities

Stevenage Borough Council is committed to Equal Opportunities for all.

Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and recruitment candidates to share this commitment. SBC shall take all reasonable steps to employ staff who are safe to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. For posts identified with regular contact with these groups applicants will be required to undertake a Value Based Interview. The council supports the legislative requirements for employing and maintaining safer staff and the guidance specified by Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

Happy to talk flexible working

Recruitment Team

Stevenage Borough Council

Daneshill House

Danestrete

Stevenage

Herts

SG1 1HN

Recruitmentteam@stevenage.gov.uk