Taxation and Recovery Officer

Taxation and Recovery Officer

£20,144 - Grade 7

Full Time 37 hours - Permanent

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Hambleton District Council is seeking to recruit a Taxation and Recovery Officer due to the retirement of a member of the team. The District Council covers a district which is the second largest in North Yorkshire with a population of about 90 thousand and includes Northallerton, Bedale, Easingwold, Thirsk and Stokesley. The Civic Centre is based in Northallerton where majority of corporate services operate from including Taxation and Benefits.

Hambleton District Council is responsible for collecting Council Tax and Business Rates in respect of over 41,000 domestic and 4,000 commercial properties. Its Revenue and Benefits department is split into three teams: Taxation and Recovery, Benefit and System and Technical Support. Each team has its own team leader who report directly to the Taxation and Benefit Manager. The Taxation and Recovery Team that you will be working directly with  comprises of 8.6 Full time equivalent staff.

As a Taxation and Recovery Officer you will be responsible for an effective billing and collection service for Council Tax and Non Domestic Rates. Through the accurate calculation of new bills and adjustments and ensuring that action is taken against non-payers of Council Tax, Non Domestic Rates and Sundry Debts to maximise the income of the Council and improve collection rates. Good time management and organisational skills are required to manage your own workload and monitor arrears accounts ensuring that enforcement action is timely, appropriate and in accordance with legislation and Council policies.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated and have the enthusiasm and passion to motive others with the ability to respond to the changing environment. Experience in a customer focused environment is essential alongside excellent communication and negotiation skills.

Knowledge of Council Tax and Non Domestic rates and Civil Debt enforcement legislation would be an advantage but not essential as training will be provided. Whilst being primarily Taxation and Recovery service focused you will also contribute to the effective working relationships across all Revenues and Benefits functions so knowledge and understanding of Revenues and Benefits administration would be advantageous.

The role demands high quality Customer Service interaction with residents and stakeholders and the person appointed must demonstrate excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. The ability to interact effectively with a range of customers from all sections of society is required when dealing with challenging and complex issues, whilst maintaining high levels of accuracy and attention to detail

ICT skills are an integral part of the role with experience and a working knowledge of a variety of IT systems and applications which include Microsoft Office applications, and the use of revenues software and document management systems i.e. Northgate and Information at Work are an advantage.

The success candidate will be subject to a Basic Disclosure check in line with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (fee will be refunded).

An IRRV qualification would be a distinct advantage.

The Council is a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme and has a range of staff benefits available to staff. Based at the Civic Centre, there are good road links for anyone travelling to work and free parking. Staffs are supported by their line mangers through an Individual Performance Management Framework and the Council has a range of employment policies in place underpinning good employment practices.

Application form and full description

You can download the application form and full job description below.

What we accept

CVs alone will not be accepted, an application form must be fully completed.

Apply by email

Email your application form to recruitment@hambleton.gov.uk

Apply by post

Return your application form to:

Human Resources
Civic Centre
Stone Cross
Rotary Way
Northallerton
DL6 2UU

Tel: 01609 767273

Further assistance

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity please contact Andrea Walker on 01609 767167 or Kim Devereux on 01609 767062 for further information.

Due date 

Applications to be received by 17.15 pm on 30 May 2019

Interviews are scheduled to take place on week commencing 10 June 2019

Please note, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. If you have not received a response by the interview date you should assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Diversity and equal opportunities 

We value diversity in our workforce and are committed to equal opportunities. Disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview. Applications invited from all sectors of society, as covered by the Equality Act 2010.

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