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Receptionist

Employer
Birmingham City Council
Location
Birmingham, UK
Closing date
15 Jul 2024
Reference
2247

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Job Details

Receptionist - Register Office

Permanent

Grade 2 - £22,737 - £24,702 Consultation grade - subject to formal evaluation under the Pay Equity Review

Working 36.5 hours per week

About Us: We are a dynamic and fast-paced office located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. Our team plays a crucial role in managing birth and death registrations, ensuring accuracy, confidentiality, and efficiency at all stages.

Role Summary: As a receptionist, you will be the first point of contact for customers and visitors. Your responsibilities include handling enquiries, booking appointments, and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment. You will provide an essential service for new parents and the recently bereaved so a high degree of empathy is required. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Customer Interaction: Greet customers and visitors in person and over the phone, providing excellent customer service.
  • Appointment Booking: Schedule and change appointments for birth and death registrations utilising our application and booking management system.
  • Enquiry Handling: Take and relay messages and emails promptly to officers, managers and partner organisations.
  • Data Entry: Use relevant systems to input customer information with a particular focus on the delivery of an efficient death registration process.
  • Administrative Support: Provide confidential administrative assistance to registration officers and service managers.
  • Liaison: Collaborate with staff across different levels within the organization to deliver an effective and modern registration service. 

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to follow instructions and prioritize tasks
  • Initiative and adaptability
  • Confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
  • Superb customer service skills

Benefits:

  • Career development opportunities
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Generous leave entitlement
  • Flexible working options
  • Health and wellbeing support

You must upload a Supporting Statement via the attachments part of your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered. Please do not attach CVs as we do not accept them.

Birmingham City Council is an accredited Disability Confident Leader employer, and we are committed to employing, retaining and developing all of our people.

We want to ensure your recruitment journey with us is a positive and equitable one, so please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments, additional support, accessibility needs, or if there is any way in which we can support you through your application.

For any informal enquires please contact: Dean Loveridge at Register.Office@birmingham.gov.uk

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed.

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Company

Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact bccHR@birmingham.gov.uk. When you have completed your application form this can be returned to bccHR@birmingham.gov.uk or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at: www.livingwage.org.uk.   

For the awards and support for our employees, please follow https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/homepage/169/job_vacancies  

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Telephone
0121 675 7070
Location
Birmingham City Council
Birmingham
West Midlands
B2 2XU
GB

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