Business Support Assistant - Colchester - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £19,971 per annum
Closing date: 07 Feb 2023
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10480
Role: Administration
About the role

Business Support Assistant - Colchester

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £19,971 per annum

Location: Colchester

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Please note this is a fixed term contract opportunity for a period of 6 months.

The role will involve reception cover at the Mulberry Tree Family Centre, Colchester, with an expectation to be onsite 1-2 days a week.

This role is part of the North Service Support Team (SST) working alongside colleagues to support the varying demands of the Children & Families service. The successful candidate will possess a curious mindset, ability to use various IT based systems, be able to communicate with members of the public and professionals alike. This is an exciting, varied and challenging role that means every day is different.

Business Support teams deliver outstanding administration and customer service to all Essex County Council (ECC) functional areas. Our multi skilled teams deliver services from Business Centre hubs; providing a wide variety of support to high volume processes and tasks such as data input and management, minute taking, finance tasks, managing high volume calls, receptions and requests for assistance. We also support front line social care teams that require a more integrated approach to support.

We are proactive, forward-thinking and solution focused; we streamline processes and maximise digital opportunities. In doing so, we help increase the effectiveness of ECC to deliver better outcomes for the people of Essex than it could without our support.

We value our people and help them strive to deliver their potential and walk their career pathways within our organisation, giving them the tools and learning to get there.

The Role:

This role involves working as part of a business support team to deliver effective, routine administrative support within a business centre; learning and developing an understanding of existing processes and systems and develop knowledge of Social Care teams and other corporate functions.

ECC provide a minute taking service as requested, therefore relevant transferable skills are desirable, however full training will be provided.


  • Providing high quality, efficient and effective Business Support services to internal and external customers within agreed timescales and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
  • Responding to customer requests and queries in a timely and efficient way.
  • Acting as a professional representative of the Business Support service at a local level.
  • Delivering the required activities of the respective business centre(s).
  • Providing high quality self-directed administrative support, checking own work and proactively looking to raise standards.
  • Maintaining confidential records according to Essex County Council guidance.
  • Dealing with correspondence for the team or service in a timely, consistent and professional manner.
  • Sharing knowledge and good practice with colleagues and highlighting more efficient ways of doing tasks.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Good Standard of basic education – 5 GCSEs grade C and above (including Maths and English) or comparable experience/qualifications.
  • Ability to use computerised systems with a high level of speed and accuracy – including Microsoft Office applications and internal ECC databases.
  • Previous experience of managing electronic or hard copy filing systems.
  • Ability to communicate in a manner which is easily understood and tailored to meet the needs of the audience.
  • As part of the role you may have access to sensitive and/or personal information.
  • Ability to think about alternative ways of doing things and being open to new work practices and responsive to change.
  • Ability to take ownership of work and fulfil agreed commitments, checking work for accuracy.
  • This position may require minute taking experience, therefore relevant transferable skills are desirable, however full training will be provided.

To read more about us please visit: People & Transformation 

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website. 

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