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Licensing Officer - City of Culture

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the team we are recruiting to

With Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 just around the corner, we are looking to expand our Licensing Team to help us plan and prepare to host safe events in the City. The City of Culture Trust have now announced the first events that will form part of the 365-day programme of UK City of Culture 2021, which kicks off in May 2021.

​Rooted in the rich history of the city and celebrating the stories of the people who have made it their home, the programme reflects Coventry as a diverse and modern city, moving forward and embracing culture, to connect communities and change lives. Coventry is known internationally as a city of welcome, a city of activists and pioneers, a city of peace and reconciliation, a city of innovation and invention, and now a City of Culture.

Co-created with local and national partners, and grassroots organisations across Coventry, the 2021 programme will include major artistic events, world premieres and commissions across theatre, music, dance, literature, comedy and visual arts.

The successful candidates will be working in our Regulatory Services team which is made up of multi-disciplinary professionals including Licensing, Trading Standards, Food and Safety, Housing Enforcement and Property Licensing.  These specialisms embrace a range of service areas used by the community which primarily involves people, businesses or organisations needing to obtain some form of consent or are required to comply with various legal provisions.  The service area aims to:

  • Ensure that the public, visitors, workers and residents of Coventry have the right to a healthy and safe work and domestic environment;
  • Treat all regulated persons and businesses in a fair and consistent manner, through a process of education, persuasion and enforcement, ensuring that the public and businesses observe the law
  • Protect public health and the wider environment, whilst minimising disruption to enterprise or economic activity and reducing the legislative burden on complaint and business.

We are seeking positive, experienced, enthusiastic, talented and driven professionals who care about the development of our great city to join our busy, top performing, forward thinking team.

What is the job role?

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team working to prepare for City of Culture 2021. As a member of the Licensing team responsible for the day to day operation in respect of the licensing function (including the licensing of alcohol sales, public entertainment, cinema, theatre, late night refreshment, sex establishments, gambling, scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators) in Regulatory Services.

You will be assessing licensing applications to ensure compliance with legal requirements and City Council policies and to ensure the appropriate processing and issue of licences in accordance with statutory guidance and agreed policies and procedures.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

Do you have experience of working in a licensing or similar customer focussed legal environment? If yes, we want to hear from you!

As a Licencing Officer you will have knowledge and understanding of legislation in relation to licensing and gambling and any associated regulations and policy relevant to the service area including enforcement.

We are looking for someone with the ability to deal confidently with a wide range of people including licensees, members, solicitors, senior council officers, police etc. You will need to have good written and oral communication skills. Organisational skills to enable workload prioritisation and meeting deadlines whilst working under pressure is key.

When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement. Please include the following examples in your application: 

  • Experience of working within a licensing and/or a customer focussed environment.
  • Examples of dealing with customers and building relationships with businesses to get desired outcomes.
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and generating ideas to solve problems.

Please note we do not accept uploaded CV's. Please ensure you demonstrate your experience and skills on the personal statement section of the application form.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

All attachments for the job can be found here

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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