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Scrutiny Officer

£31,001 - £36,137 per annum, pro rata (pay award pending)
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Your role

Would you like a key role at the heart of democracy? Do you have a positive and adaptable approach?  Are you able to perform under pressure? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you at North Herts Council.

Working at the centre of the Council’s scrutiny process, you will be the Council’s Scrutiny Officer. As such, you will be responsible for the preparation, publication of agendas, decisions and minute taking for the Overview & Scrutiny Committee and providing procedural advice to ensure Scrutiny meetings are legally compliant. You will work closely with elected members, including the Chair and Vice Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee, senior officers and the Committee, Member & Scrutiny Manager, providing professional advice and administrative support.

This is an interesting and varied role which requires a high level of organisational skills, with the ability to identify and adapt to changing priorities whilst working to key deadlines. If you are forward thinking, have comprehensive IT literacy skills, an excellent communicator and able to understand and apply procedure rules we want to hear from you.

There is a requirement to attend occasional evening meetings (up to 10 per year) with allowances and additional overtime payable.

About us

North Hertfordshire is a large rural district with approximately 125,000 residents with four historic towns, Hitchin, Baldock, Royston and Letchworth Garden City. The Council has a clear vision: We put people first and deliver sustainable services, to enable a brighter future together

Your rewards

  • Local Government Pension Scheme (19.5% employer contribution)
  • Generous annual leave, including Christmas close down period
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Free car parking
  • Discounts, including 50% off gym membership
  • Flexible working options including flexi scheme and homeworking

We are dedicated to promoting a healthy work/life balance and ensuring all members of our team feel that they are making a difference to the local community and are valued by our organisation.

Further information

If you would like an informal chat about the post, you can contact James Lovegrove, Committee, Member & Scrutiny Manager on 01462 474204 or Jeanette Thompson, Service Director – Legal & Community on 01462 474370.

How to apply

To apply for a position you must complete the online application form and submit it to be received by us no later than midday on the closing date. 

Please note that we do not accept CV applications, either on their own or accompanying application forms. Therefore please ensure that all relevant information is provided on the application form.

As a Council committed to equality and diversity, we welcome applications from all sections of the community.  Disabled people who meet the person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

To apply, please follow the link below to our online recruitment service:

If you have any questions or require assistance, please email and one of our team will respond to you.

Guidance on completing the application form

Your completed application form will be vital during the recruitment process, both for shortlisting and at interview. Therefore please ensure that you complete the form clearly, accurately and in full.

Please read the advertisement, job description, person specification and additional information carefully before completing the application form.

When completing the application form you should target your skills and experience towards the criteria listed in the person specification and provide examples to demonstrate how you are able to meet each criteria.

As part of the application form we ask for Monitoring Information. Please remember to complete this section as it is essential in enabling the Council to monitor the effectiveness of our Equality and Diversity policy. Please note that this information is not passed on to the Recruiting Manager during the application process (it is retained in Human Resources for monitoring purposes) to ensure that each application is shortlisted based solely on information relating to the post.

If you are selected to attend for interview we will let you know approximately 5 working days before the interview date. In the event of you not hearing by this date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

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