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Technical Officer Assistant (Internal Applicants Only) (Dorchester)

Salary details: £20493 - £23080

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Dorset Council
Occupational group
Salary details
£20,493 - £23,080
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term
Lucinda Hansford
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 221561
Closing Date
29 November 2020 11:30 PM
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Internal Applicants Only

Technical Officer Assistant

Secondment until 01 December 2021 - 37 hours per week

£20,493 - £23,080

County Hall, Dorchester

One year secondment opportunity to cover maternity leave.

We are looking for and enthusiastic and highly motivated person to join the Highway Searches Team within the Place Directorate. This is a challenging and varied role dealing with highway searches that are received when members of the public buy or sell a property.

What you will be doing

Your duties will include:

  • Responding to searches and enquiries from Solicitors/Members of Public/Councillors/Internal Staff; using databases and GIS.
  • Updating the mapping system to show all current records that should be revealed on a search.
  • Dealing with enquiries either on the phone or via email/post.

About you

Whilst working in Highways is desirable, we are looking for applicants who can demonstrate they can be quick learners, work in a busy environment, be sensitive to difficult situations, whilst having the ability to challenge, negotiate and investigate. The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to learn new skills and legislation.

We are looking for a friendly, motivated, flexible person. This role is all about being highly organised, with the ability to work on your own initiative and to plan and prioritise work to manage conflicting priorities to meet delivery deadlines, targets and agreed work standards.

The ability to work as part of a team is vital. Training will be provided as necessary.

Working at Dorset Council

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity.

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services. 

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together.

For more information about our new council visit

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

Additional Information

For an informal, confidential discussion about the role please contact Lucinda Hansford by email or on 01305 221561.

This vacancy is being advertising internally in the first instance to employees of Dorset Council and agency or casual workers currently engaged by Dorset Council. Where it is not possible to appoint from the existing workforce, the vacancy may subsequently be released to external candidates.

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