• Business Services Administration Officer London
  • Church of England in London, , United Kingdom
  • jobs
  • 1 week ago

jobs description

The National Church Institutions comprises a wide variety of teams, professions and functions that support the mission and ministries of the Church of England in its vision to be a church, centred on Jesus Christ, for the whole nation - a church that is simpler, humbler, bolder.

We Include. You Belong.
Our Belonging and Inclusion Strategy aims for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.
Living out our values in all that we do, we:
• Strive for Excellence
• Show Compassion
• Respect others
• Collaborate
• Act with Integrity
We believe our commitment to belonging and inclusion fuels our progress and drives us forward. The NCIs are a safe, inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. We welcome applications from people of all... faiths and of no faith. We want to encourage applications from a diverse group of people who share our values. Even if you have never thought about working for us before, if you have the skills and experience we're looking for then we would like to hear from you.

About the Department
The Church of England Pensions Board provides retirement services set by the Church of England for those who have served or worked for the Church. The Pensions Board is a charity within which the Housing department provides retirement accommodation and services, but we are not a registered social housing provider, and do not operate as one. The Board's vision is to deliver a professional high quality and efficient service to our customers, respecting their needs and the needs of those who provide us with the money to do this.

What you'll be doing
The purpose of this role is to deliver quality customer service, administration and business support across the housing team. The role ensures we meet our financial obligations, working collaboratively with suppliers and colleagues to keep data up to date and so ensuring business critical payments are made on time They will be accountable for delivering across a number priorities including delivery of service, payment management and data management for agreements, leases and demands.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Customer Service
• Respond to customers on the Housing helpline, managing enquiries, raising contacts in a CRM database, with a view to tracking and tracing, follow up and offering excellent customer Service.
• Responding to customer queries and complaints via telephone, email, and inboxes, responding in line with SLA's and policy to promote a customer focused service.
• Take ownership of complaints by responding in line with policy, escalating when necessary, taking ownership of resolution and communication promptly .
Administration & Service Delivery
• Deliver the void (unoccupied) property bulletin, using web based systems, ensuring data and information is accurate. Distribute to customers in required format on a scheduled basis as directed by the property team.
• Business Information sharing - Take full responsibility to undertake critical data checks, utilising systems and other documentation, to verify data is reliable and correct. In line with GDPR share data with relative third parties.
• Manage and maintain relevant computer based property and client records taking personal responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of data and recorded information.
• Provide detailed reports and information to produce mail-merge data, stakeholder and business information in line with key deadlines and compliance.
• Managing retention and disposal of information and files in line with GDPR and departmental policy.
• Manage the incoming mail service delivery through electronic means as well as incoming post (Church House), liaising with key business partners to establish a routine method of ensuring correspondence is directed to the correct team / department , cheques are handled in line with financial requirements and documents are returned where necessary.
• Manage standard letters / generic forms / I&R assessments as required, delivering a robust support service across the wider housing team.
• Create new and amend existing third-party details and ensure the accuracy of recorded information
Void (Unoccupied) Property
• Liaise with utility suppliers, Local Authorities, customers and colleagues to ensure accuracy of data, including meter readings, void and occupancy date for council tax.
• Provide supporting information to clarify property status and request amended accounts to reflect this.
• Where necessary, investigate and respond to enquiries, including account queries, this may include enquiries from contractors, suppliers and other third parties.
• Challenge where necessary, to ensure value for money and quality of service from suppliers.
• Manage meter move requests and arrange prompt payment whilst liaising with all involved parties.
Finance Transactions
• Take responsibility for the day to day processing of payments across the Business team to include all departmental accounting functions in relation to works orders, purchase and framework orders, credit notes and invoices across charity and administrative company accounts, with particular focus to void costs, within required timeframes and in line with Service Level Agreements.
• Produce data uploads for finance transactions, ensuring accuracy of data and sign off completed data.
• Working collaboratively alongside our Finance and Resources partners to ensure prompt payment and when required, investigate queries that arise.
• Escalate issues and problems to managers when necessary to ensure payments are made on time, thus avoiding late payment fees and charges.
• Where necessary, engage with suppliers, contractors and customers ensuring that information is clear, concise and understood to achieve resolution.
Legacy Mortgage Scheme
• Support the management of the legacy mortgage scheme, supporting the Business Services Team Leader and Business Administration Officer (Mortgages), providing clarity and support on a range of queries and tasks.
• Manage quinquennial inspections in line with stakeholder agreements, refunding customers and producing monthly update reports.
• Develop knowledge and skills on mortgage redemptions, working closely with solicitors and customers to progress and complete sales and redemptions promptly.
Systems / Data Management
• To ensure that data held in QL / SAP is complete, accurate and reliable through regular assessment of data using analysis and cleansing where necessary and to take personal responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of data and recorded information across all business streams.
• Produce stakeholder reports, business reports and information to enable transparency across the business, in line with agreements and compliance.
• Data management and entry for key information relating to insurance revaluations, working collaboratively with colleagues to ensure insurance values are periodically reviewed.
• Produce and take responsibility for mail-merge data to enable communication to customers and stakeholders as and when required.
Business Support
• Provide administrative support services to the business team whilst maintaining effective internal communication across all teams to ensure information is shared and understood.
• Develop a culture of team collaboration to maintain day to day Business as Usual, working together effectively to get the job done.
• To organise your work to meet key objectives, on time and to agreed standards.
• Seeking continuous improvement in the way we deliver services.
• Responsible along with team members for ensuring continuation of service in the absence of other staff.
• Review and challenge existing processes and procedures, with a view to recommending new ways of thinking and managing tasks.

About You
The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minoritised Ethnicities (UKME)/Global Majority Heritage (GMH) and other under-represented groups.

• Excellent attention to detail and methodical approach to checking information and detail.
• Proven experience of operating in a customer facing multi-channel / service environment.
• Ability to support operators and senior operators in their tasks and decision-making, only escalating to the line manager if you are unable to resolve the issues within the team.
• To work collaboratively with and through others. Supporting the wider team with clear communication and direction.
• Experience of having worked in a fast paced, customer focused environment.
• Good knowledge and application of Microsoft packages with intermediate level in Microsoft EXCEL
• Excellent levels of literacy and numeracy
Skills & Abilities:
• High level of professionalism, care and integrity, ensuring a positive image of the organisation is promoted at all times.
• Strong time management skills
• A positive attitude and ability to adapt to changes, enabling business growth and change
• Ability to work with minimum supervision, using problem solving skills and initiative to provide a customer focused service.
• Highly organised with the ability to multi-task and be flexible to respond to service delivery requirements.
• Ability to build strong relationships
• Ability to work flexibly, balancing competing priorities and meeting deadlines whilst understanding the needs, timescales and deadlines of others
• Strong oral and written communication skills to work effectively with colleagues, customers, business partners and stakeholders
• Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize and analyse, significant amounts of data with attention to detail and accuracy
• Creative and innovative thinking with the ability to develop new systems, procedures and solutions
• Experience of accounting processes including management of purchase orders and other related tasks

• Knowledge of SAP financial systems and Aareon QL Housing Management System would be beneficial.
• Previous experience of working in a housing or charity setting.

What we offer
Our benefits include:
• A salary of £33,382 plus age-related pension contributions between 8-15% of salary. We will also match any pension contributions you make up to an additional 3% of salary.
• 25 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days within 5 years) plus three additional days
• Flexible working hours and location, with an expectation of just 1-2 days per week in our office in Westminster
• Structured induction programme and access to a range of development opportunities including apprenticeships
• Access to Occupational Health, and an Employee Assistance Programme
• Opportunity to the Civil Service Sports & Social Club, and get involved in a range of staff networks, groups and societies
We try to be as flexible as we can in your work pattern to support you with other commitments, and to give a good work-life balance.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 22 May 2024.
First stage interviews will be held on Thursday 30 May 2024.
Second stage interviews will be held on Thursday 06 June 2024
London UK


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