Salary: £19698 – £23080
Shift hours: Full Time
Customer Services is one of the largest departments in Coventry City Council and are the front face of the organisation. We are usually the first port of call for customer enquiries across the council. Our fast-paced telephone teams deal with thousands of calls and emails a week, we have a dynamic Customer Service Centre with around 2500 visitors a week approaching us for a wide range of enquiries from paying their council tax to seeking help to access services and dedicated support teams who process bookings, timesheets and general administration work for the whole organisation.
You may be based in one of several locations, we have a Customer Service Centre right in the heart of the city; Friargate â€“ a large purpose built office by the train station along with several reception points across the city.
Joining Customer Services is a really good stepping stone into a long term career with the Council, depending on the role you are offered you will learn about other parts of the organisation
We want every single customer to have a positive experience when approaching the council and would welcome you being part of the team.
Itâ€™s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation.
Our Values are:
What is the job role?
Do you get a real buzz from giving excellent customer service?
Do you have knowledge and experience of Council Tax?
Then letâ€™s talk â€¦.
Customer Service Adviser Level 2 – Full-Time and permanent, starting salary £19,698 – Grade 4
Its 2021 and Customer Services has adapted its service offer in line with the restrictions for Covid-19.
We have a post available in our Customer Service Council Tax Team.
You will be part of a team answering customer enquiries for a range of benefits including Council Tax Support; in addition, you will answer enquiries in relation to Council Tax liability, Payment Plans and changes to a customersâ€™ circumstances. This will involve dealing with telephone enquiries, requests and pre-booked appointments in a contact centre setting.
You will need excellent customer service and communication skills along with problem solving and negotiation skills. You will need the ability to deal with a diverse range of customers and cope with changes and a fast-paced environment
Full training will be provided, knowledge and experience of benefits and/or council tax is an advantage
Keen to join the team? Please complete an application form, tell us about your previous experience and where you have used your skills to shine.
The closing date is midnight on the 23/05/2021, weâ€™ll shortlist from there and if youâ€™re successful weâ€™ll invite you to a virtual assessment centres which will consist of an interview and a work-based roleplay. We will use this interview to assess your English fluency as set out in part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016.â€¯ We have a duty to ensure our employees have the necessary standard of spoken English in all public sector customer facing roles
If you arenâ€™t sure or have some questions, weâ€™d be happy to talk to you, call Catherine Lee on 02476977407 for an informal conversation.
Applicants that have been through a Customer Services Assessment Centre and been unsuccessful in the last 12 months will not be considered.
Who are we looking for?
- Care about delivering an excellent service to every internal and external customer
- Excellent communication skills, confident in face to face, telephone and written activity
- Ability to support a diverse customer base
- Ability to deliver in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to respond to change positively
- To Be Flexible to the needs of the service
- Good IT skills
- An understanding of the range of services provided by the council.
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled ‘Coventry City Council Application Process’
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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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, weâ€™re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. Weâ€™re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you wonâ€™t just be helping the community, youâ€™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
Location: Coventry, CV1 1FS