The SPSO is the final stage for complaints about organisations providing public services in Scotland. We are also responsible for responding to requests for the review of local authority Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) decisions from members of the public.
Working with the SWF Review Team Manager, you will be responsible for delivering an efficient, effective and independent service to review the decisions that local authorities have made on applications for Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants. You will be a key member of the SWF Review Team, investigating and making decisions on cases in line with relevant guidance and process, handling incoming enquiries and providing relevant, up to date information.
To be successful in this role, you will have a lively analytical mind and the sound judgement needed to make fair, consistent and just decisions. You will be able to demonstrate first class customer service through your empathetic but impartial approach. Your excellent communication skills will allow you to effectively liaise with members of the public and local authorities.
The SPSO is the final stage for complaints about organisations providing public services in Scotland. We investigate complaints across a wide range of sectors including councils, the NHS, housing associations, most water and sewerage providers, the Scottish Government and its agencies and departments, colleges and universities, prisons, and most Scottish public bodies.
Our Assessment and Guidance Team raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of our organisation with members of the public and the providers of public services. The Assessment and Guidance Officer plays a pivotal role and will handle incoming enquiries and provide relevant, up to date information and advice on the SPSO to all stakeholders. You will be a key member of our assessment and guidance unit, which administers, monitors, and works to resolve cases in the early stages of a complaint.
To be successful in this role, you will have a minimum of two years’ experience of working in a frontline, customer-facing role, ideally within complaints handling. You will have good knowledge and experience of a customer services environment, preferably within a public service organisation under the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction and/or 3rd sector/support agency. Administrative skills including fast and accurate keyboard skills, IT skills (e-mailing, word processing short reports, data entry and retrieval of case documents) and attention to detail are all essential to this role. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and demonstrate evidence of customer service and professional presentation skills.