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Trading Standards Officer

Job Information

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the Trading Standards team in a permanent role as a fully qualified Trading Standards Officer, or as a part qualified officer who is committed to completing their training.

The successful applicant will be a self-starter, capable of independent problem solving and able to juggle a varied workload which involves investigating complaints, responding to business advice requests, inspecting premises and carrying out topical projects. 

Strong written and verbal communication skills are vital.

Feed Hygiene and Food Standards experience and qualifications are desirable but not essential. However, the right candidate will be supported to progress in these areas as part of developing their overall expertise and career in Northumberland.

The role will require the successful applicant to work out and about in Northumberland which offers an amazing backdrop to your working day. Some days may find you working in coastal tourist hotspots in the shadow of castles and history, or in bustling town centres, and other days working in the rural tranquility that characterises the County. The service operates in an agile way with a flexible blend of working from home and from an office – the team is based at West Hartford Community Fire Station in Cramlington, however there are offices available to use throughout the County, including Hexham and Morpeth.


Essential qualification for this role is a Trading Standards Practitioner Diploma (or its antecedents).

Applicants holding a Trading Standards Practitioner Certificate or evidence of having successfully completed a Regulatory Compliance Officer apprenticeship will also be considered.

Please note that appointment in these circumstances will be subject to attaining the TSPD qualification within three years (with support) and prior to full qualification, will be paid at a Band 6 or Band 7 salary (according to experience).

A full driving licence, valid in the UK is required. For an informal chat about this role, please contact Claire Douglas on: 07748148393 or email:

Why choose us?

Northumberland is world-renowned as a visitor destination and an ideal location to strike a perfect work/life balance. There is no better way of enjoying the picturesque scenery and stunning coastline than on an everyday basis!

Northumberland County Council’s (NCC) vision is “To make Northumberland a county which you regard as a great place to live, in which you can access the activities you enjoy, whilst having the opportunity to learn and thrive”.

For further information about NCC, please visit our website.

We have some outstanding benefits to offer you, including:

· 26 days annual leave plus public/bank holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years of service (pro rata for part-time employees).

· Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

· Flexi scheme – up to 2 days flexible leave available per month (pro rata for part-time employees).

· Local government discount schemes available to all employees with offers at local businesses along with various national brands.

· Commitment to work/life balance offering flexibility through various schemes including job sharing, home working, flexible working, term-time only, and compressed hours.

· Car leasing scheme.

Further information:

Closing date: Friday 7th June 2024.

For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please check the Northumberland Council website.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview, please also let the team know. This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post.

Although we advertise on North East Jobs, and other websites, your application process will be directed to our Tribepad system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered on Tribepad, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Please check your emails regularly, including Spam/Junk, after the closing dates for notifications.


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