Vacancy Details

Senior Democratic Services Officer

Surrey Heath Borough Council
up to £39000 per annum
Surrey Heath House, Camberley
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
26/09/2021 at 23:55
Surrey Heath Borough Council

 Grade: Up to SH06 (Career grade SH4 & SH5 considered)

We are looking for a confident, articulate person who can demonstrate having previously worked at a senior level in Democratic and/or Electoral Services.

Flexibility is the key to this post and you will need to be able to respond to changing priorities. You must be a team player but also be able to manage your own workload. You will be required to work to tight deadlines and we are looking for an effective communicator, both orally and in writing. You will require an understanding of electoral law and knowledge of decision making procedures. You will also possess the discretion demanded in a political environment.

You will work with members and officers at all levels of the organisation, supporting a range of council and committee meetings and working groups, as well as dealing with elections and electoral registration.

Although the hours are 37 per week, these are not 9 to 5 jobs as the post holder will be required to attend regular evening meetings, for which time off in lieu will be given. You will also be expected to work additional hours, possibly including weekends, at peak election times.

You must be proficient in the use of ICT systems. Experience of using Xpress, the Council’s Electoral Management System, and/or, the Committee Management System would be an advantage.

Experience of working in Democratic Services or local government is desirable. Consideration will be given to candidates with transferable skills which meet the person specification to progress on a job career grade.

Benefits include a minimum of 24 days’ annual leave, pension scheme, free parking, flexible working hours and private healthcare (subject to length of service).

This is a Politically Restricted Posts under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended).

For an informal discussion on either of these vacancies, please contact Rachel Whillis, Democratic Services Manager, on 01276 707319.

Closing Date: 26th September 2021

Interview Date: TBC

Priority consideration will be given to those employees whose employment with the authority is currently at risk.

 Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Equal Opportunities

Surrey Heath Borough Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. If you are unable to apply online for reasons of disability, please call 01276 707396 to discuss any reasonable adjustments that may be made to accommodate your individual requirements.


Please note:

All successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks in line with BPSS guidelines, which includes standard identification, referencing and unspent conviction checks. Surrey Heath Borough Council undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed.


For the best chance of successful application, please read the Job Description and Personal Specification fully before applying for this vacancy as it contains information you will need to refer to when applying. We do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed application form. To reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. If you choose to submit your CV with your application form we request that you remove all your personal details before uploading your CV. This will ensure that Managers cannot see your personal details when completing their shortlist.  If you have not heard from the council within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful. All unsuccessful applications will be removed and confidentially disposed of 6 months after the closing date.


If you have any further enquiries please email or telephone 01276 707396.


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Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed