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Council HQ John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington, EH41 3HA
£32,684 - £36,443 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
Work From Home:

Vacancy Information

Hourly rate of pay: £17.91-£19.97

Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Friday
Flexi time is applicable, and starting and finishing times are flexible.
To start January 2024.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join Protective Services in one of the most beautiful and rapidly growing areas of Scotland with over 40 miles of magnificent coastline, rolling countryside, high quality food and drink, world-renowned links golf courses and excellent links to Edinburgh city centre.

The Business Compliance Officer is a newly established post within a small but dynamic Trading Standards team. You will contribute to the effective delivery of a range of Trading Standards activities to protect consumers, prevent illegal trading practices, promote business compliance.

You will be responsible for exercising powers and discharging duties effectively to meet relevant local and national standards in areas such as consumer protection, product safety, fair-trading and age-restricted sales.

Applicants must hold the Practitioner Certificate  in Trading Standards (or equivalent)and be able to demonstrate experience in undertaking formal and informal intervention activities in relation to Trading Standards / Consumer Protection. You will have excellent communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team to meet shared objectives. You will also need to hold a full current driving licence.

As well as offering a stunning working environment, East Lothian Council has a range of flexible working options to meet your work-life balance needs, including hybrid / home working if certain criteria are met.

Home Working Consideration
Applications for homeworking or hybrid working will be considered for this post, subject to a trial period and in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies which can be found here. Home or Hybrid working options can be discussed with candidates invited for interview. All applicants must live in the UK and will be expected to attend Council offices from time to time as required.

Job Details

To actively contribute to achieving the aim of Protective Services in promoting, protecting and enhancing the health, safety and wellbeing of people living, working and spending time in East Lothian and to support Council Services in managing the risks associated with delivering and maintaining services in our local communities.

To carry out a range of technical and regulatory activities delegated to the Business Compliance (Trading Standards) Team in ensuring compliance with consumer protection, product safety, fair trading, and tobacco control legislation.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job. You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form. You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The East Lothian Way
The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work. Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours. Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Educated to HND level in a relevant subject such as Consumer Law, Fair Trading etc or equivalent and must hold the Practitioner Certificate in Trading Standards or equivalent.

Driving Licence
As the duties of this role require you to effectively travel to successfully undertake the full remit of the role, you must hold a current driving licence and have access to a vehicle.*
(*Where a disability precludes you from obtaining a driving licence, ELC will take into account its responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to allow for your disability.)

Additional Information

For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link:

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If you require further information about this vacancy, please call 01620 827868, or email us on

Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail). All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form. Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form.

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