Principal Trading Standards Officer

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Kidderminster, Worcestershire
£39,880 - £42,821
10 Sep 2021
27 Sep 2021
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Job Title: Principal Trading Standards Officer
Salary: £39,880 - £42,821 
Full-Time: 37 hrs
Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Relocation: This scheme provides assistance up to a maximum of £10,000, Terms and Conditions apply

The Role

Situated in the south-west Midlands, Worcestershire is a place of rolling hills and beautiful countryside with a range of towns with both industrial and rural heritage, and at its heart the medieval city of Worcester with its iconic cathedral and riverside setting.

The Council is looking for an experienced officer to lead its Commercial Practices Team. The successful candidate will lead a team of around half a dozen officers focusing mainly on fair trading activities, especially those linking into the public health agenda like underage sales and illicit tobacco. Rogue trading and tackling other organised criminal activities also fall to this team, although all officers across the service are expected to contribute to routine work like inspection and sampling in areas like food standards.
You should be an experienced investigator with considerable experience of fair trading work and some experience of handling larger investigations. Experience of working with businesses under the Primary Authority provisions would also be helpful as the service is keen to support local businesses and already has several agreements in place. Previous supervisory experience would be desirable as you will lead a small team dealing with all day-to day management issues, overseeing their work and driving investigative activities.

You will work with colleagues delivering activities through the tasking allocation process and be expected to assess submissions and agree activities for your team before supervising the tasked work through to fruition.

To be successful you should also be able to deal with a wide range of different customers and stakeholders as we are looking to engage with a wide range of partners. Modern Trading Standards work requires good relationships with a wide range of bodies and we will be asking the successful candidate to maintain some of those. You will also engage with the regional specialist groups in areas relevant to the Commercial Practices team.

The Diploma in Trading Standards or its equivalent is essential for the post.

If you require further information, please contact David Mellors or Mark Strain on 01562-738048 / 01562-738079 or email or


In return, you can look forward to:

• 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays
• Commitment to ongoing professional development
• Excellent opportunities for career progression

Disability Confident

We are inclusive – this is really important to us and we are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer.

There are 7.6m working age people who have a disability or health condition. We’re tapping into this talent pool. 

If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please let us know. 


Please find the Job Description and Person Specification attached.

Please write your submission with consideration for the essential and desirable criteria on the Person Specification. This should include examples why you should be considered; the experience, skills and knowledge that you would bring to the post.

Application Closing Date: 27th September, 2021
Interviews: Proposed dates are 12th and 13th October