Employment Opportunities

Current Employment Opportunities within the Joint Board.

Assistant Assessor

 

Organisation:                     Lothian Valuation Joint Board

Location:                             17A South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9FL. 

Salary:                                  PO7: £71,731 – £83,344 per annum (starting salary commensurate with                                                             successful candidate’s knowledge and experience)

Hours:                                  35.75 hours per week (Full Time)

Contract Status:                 Permanent

Closing Date:                     Sunday 17th October 2021 (11.59pm)

The post holder will join a team of two existing Assistant Assessors who deputise for the Assessor & ERO and be responsible for implementation of the provisions of the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Acts, the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and the Representation of the People Acts. 

Candidates must be either a Professional Member or Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and should possess a comprehensive understanding of the law and practice of valuation for rating and council tax valuation. Previous experience in these areas of professional practice is essential as well as a high level of communication, negotiation and managerial skills.

Application forms, job descriptions and additional information are available to download below. 

Completed application forms should be returned to LVJB-HR@lothian-vjb.gov.uk by 11.59pm on Sunday 17th October 2021. Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

Note – Successful candidates will be required to provide a Basic Disclosure Check Certificate.

“Committed to Equal Opportunities”

Property Assistant

 

Organisation:          Lothian Valuation Joint Board

Post:                          Property Assistant

Location:                  17A South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9FL

Salary Scale             £18,917 to £21,031 (pay award pending)

Grade                        GS3 / AP1

Hours                        35.75 hours per week (Full time)

Contract Status:     1 x Permanent Position
                                   3 x Fixed Term Positions (2 Years)

Who we are

Lothian Valuation Joint Board is an independent public authority that was established by The Valuation Joint Boards (Scotland) Order 1995.

What we do

Provide a professional valuation and electoral registration service for East Lothian, the City of Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils in respect of compilation and maintenance of the Valuation Roll, Valuation (Council Tax) List and Registers of Electors.

Our aim

 To provide high quality, effective and responsive services to all of our stakeholders.

Who are we looking for?

Based at South Gyle you will assist the Joint Board’s Valuation Team in the administration and undertaking of inspections of lands and heritages within the Board’s geographical area for the purposes of the Lands Valuation Acts and the Local Government Finance Act 1992. You will also be expected to assist with administration of the Electoral Register at periods of peak activity.

You should have experience in using a range of software packages for word processing, spreadsheets and databases.  It is also essential that you are a self-motivated individual with excellent time management skills and are able to work well as part of a team.

Application forms, job descriptions and additional information are available to download below.
Please note in your supporting statement if you would like to be considered for the permanent position, fixed terms positions or both.

Completed application forms should be returned to LVJB-HR@lothian-vjb.gov.uk by 11.59pm on Sunday 29th August 2021.
Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

Note – successful candidates will be required to provide a Basic Disclosure Check Certificate.  

“Committed to Equal Opportunities”

valuer

 

Organisation:          Lothian Valuation Joint Board

Post:                          Valuer

Location:                  17A South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9FL

Salary Scale             £34,185 – £44,244 (pay award pending)

Grade                        PO1 – PO3

Hours                        35.75 hours per week (Full time)

Contract Status:     Fixed Term for 2 Years

Who we are

Lothian Valuation Joint Board is an independent public authority that was established by The Valuation Joint Boards (Scotland) Order 1995.

What we do

Provide a professional valuation and electoral registration service for East Lothian, the City of Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils in respect of compilation and maintenance of the Valuation Roll, Valuation (Council Tax) List and Registers of Electors.

Our aim

 To provide high quality, effective and responsive services to all of our stakeholders.

Who are we looking for?

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the survey and valuation of a wide range of commercial and domestic property for the purpose of maintaining the Valuation Roll and Council Tax Valuation List. Other duties include the negotiation of appeals with ratepayers and professional agents, presentation of evidence before the Valuation Appeal Committee and collation and analysis of data in preparation for the Revaluation.

Depending on existing experience, consideration may be given to candidates about to start their APC.

 

Application forms, job descriptions and additional information are available to download below.
Please note in your supporting statement if you would like to be considered for the permanent position, fixed terms positions or both.

Completed application forms should be returned to LVJB-HR@lothian-vjb.gov.uk by 11.59pm on Sunday 29th August 2021.
Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

Note – successful candidates will be required to provide a Basic Disclosure Check Certificate.  

“Committed to Equal Opportunities”

SYSTEMS DEVELOPER/ANALYST

LOCATION: 17a South Gyle Crescent, EH12 9FL | SALARY: £34,185 to £37,082 per year | CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed Term | POSITION TYPE: Full Time | HOURS: 35.75 hours per week
Full Time

There are Currently no Vacancies within Lothian Valuation Joint Board

Working at Lothian Valuation Joint Board

General Information -

  • Lothian Valuation Joint Board is a public body established in 1996 to provide valuation services to four Councils; City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian and Midlothian.
  • The Board is responsible for compiling and maintaining two documents:-

A Valuation Roll for every non-domestic property situated within the Authority.  Non domestic rates are calculated and charged from the information contained in the Valuation Roll.

A Council Tax Valuation List which includes an entry for every Dwelling (house), and this information forms the basis of the calculation for Council Tax Liability.

  • Together the Valuation Roll and the Council Tax Valuation List contain an entry for every property within the Authority. Assessors have traditionally also been appointed as Electoral Registration Officers as their detailed knowledge of each property enables them to identify where potential electors are living.
  • Lothian Valuation Joint Board is split into three sections covered by three geographical areas in Lothian; East, West and Central. They are usually referred to as Divisions but within these Divisions staff are split into administrative and technical areas.  The technical staff carry out all valuation work in relation to Council Tax and the valuation of commercial subjects.  The administrative staff deal with the associated work which is required for the production of the Valuation Roll and Council Tax List. In addition, they carry out work in relation to the compilation of the Electoral Register more commonly known as the Voters Roll.  There are also specialist areas in the office such as Support, Human Resources, Office Services and Finance.
  • The Joint Board staff are situated at 17A South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9FL.
  • For more information about Lothian Valuation Joint Board visit our website: lothian-vjb.gov.uk

Lothian Valuation Joint Board’s mission is to ensure best value and provide professional valuation and electoral registration services for all its stakeholders.

Our vision is to provide valuation and electoral registration services in accordance with statute at levels of excellence which exceed expectations.

  1. To ensure timeous publication and maintenance of the Valuation Roll.
  2. To ensure timeous publication and maintenance of the Council Tax List.
  3. To ensure timeous publication and maintenance of the Electoral Register and registration services at elections.
  4. To develop, prepare and publish reports to improve customer knowledge and ensure attainment of good Community Focus.
  5. To set standards and undertake corporate improvement in Service Delivery Arrangements and review the performance management and planning framework to ensure continuous improvement.
  6. To deliver changes and improvements identified under the Transformation Programme and through the ongoing process of Structure and Process
  7. To review, monitor and maintain organisational Risk Management and Internal Controls to ensure efficient and effective delivery of service.
  8. To develop, adopt and review formal documentation and systems to ensure Standards of Conduct are adhered to.
  9. To plan and deliver an organisational development strategy considering corporate initiatives to ensure efficiency and quality of service delivery.
  10. To engage in key partnership working to ensure the integrated delivery of efficient government.
  11. To review and develop the necessary policies to support the Health, Safety and Welfare of all LVJB employees.

Employee Benefits -

Lothian Valuation Joint Board operates a generous final salary pension scheme which is contributed to by both the employer and employee.  Contribution rates can be found here – Lothian Pension Fund

Benefits:

  • Additional option of early retirement from age of 60
  • Flexible retirement benefits
  • Ill health retirement benefits
  • Life cover of 3 times your salary if you die in service

For further information visit  www.lpf.org.uk

A number of generous policies exist to assist with work / life balance including Homeworking Policy, Flexible Working Policy, Parental Leave (including Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave), Career Break Leave and Special Leave (including leave for the care of dependants). 

Service at start of leave year

Holiday Entitlement

Less than 5 years *

26 days (pro rata) + 6 public holidays

5 – 10 years *

31 days (pro rata) + 6 public holidays

More than 10 years **

34 days (pro rata) + 6 public holidays

*Continuous local authority service
**Continuous service with Lothian Valuation Joint Board or its predecessors

Service

Allowance to full pay

Allowance to half pay

Less than 26 weeks

Nil

Nil

More than 26 weeks but less than 1 year

5 weeks

5 weeks

More than 1 year but less than 2 years

9 weeks

9 weeks

More than 2 years but less than 3 years

18 weeks

18 weeks

More than 3 years but less than 5 years

22 weeks

22 weeks

5 years and more

26 weeks

26 weeks

This Scheme provides an advance of salary or pay for the purpose of purchasing and insuring an annual public transport season ticket for travel to and from work.

LVJB is committed to supporting staff members to grow, evolve and develop in their roles.  HR and the Training Framework Group work closely with line managers and staff members to provide a wide range of training and development opportunities for all staff.  Opportunities available include a combination of job specific skills and soft skills. 

A number of e-learning modules are mandatory to upskill staff members on essential matters such as GDPR, cybercrime and email security. 

LVJB generously supports and enables the progress of Trainees alongside a number of ambitious, dedicated and clear career pathways to promotion in numerous roles.  This normally includes provision of funding for staff to obtain related qualifications at higher education level and accreditation with the RICS.  

LVJB are committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and visitors.  We expect all staff to:

  • Take care of yourself and others around you.
  • Comply with LVJB health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Report any hazards or suspicious activities.
  • Report all accidents/incidents you become aware of using documented procedures.

If you have any additional needs that you feel we should be aware of, please advise the HR Manager to ensure appropriate arrangements can be put in place for your safety and wellbeing.

HR have a suite of policies, procedures and guidelines available which outline legislation and HR best practice in a variety of areas.  Policies and procedures can be viewed and downloaded from the HR page of the staff intranet.

All LVJB staff members are provided with access to a private confidential professional counselling service via our Employee Assistance Programme (PAM Assist).  This service is administered through People Asset Management and includes a wide range of support including self-help resources.   

Service of 25 years is recognised with a gift voucher. 

Open plan working is a key element of the office and it facilitates collaborative working, knowledge and skills transfer.

Staff are required to work from home when required under Scottish Government guidance.  The following measures are in place in the office to safeguard the health and safety of employees who require to attend the office for essential work purposes:

  • Limited staff attendance each day (rota basis).
  • Increased and enhanced cleaning of office and touch points.
  • Social distancing measures for staff members.
  • Increased ventilation.
  • Plentiful provision of hand sanitiser.
  • One-way systems of travel around the office.
  • Signage to support all of the above.

Salaries are paid on the third last working day prior to the end of the month. 

In order to achieve our strategic aims, we LVJB is committed to a framework to continually review and provide feedback on staff performance alongside capturing training and development needs to enable and support staff to develop in their roles and fulfil their work aspirations.

On the ground floor there is a social space provided with tables and chairs and soft seating for break times and lunch times.  There are kitchen facilities on each floor of the building, which provides both hot and cold water dispensers, sinks, fridges, microwaves and kitchen cupboard storage. 

Staff should bring in their own mug/glass/water bottle.  Staff should also bring their own tea/coffee/milk/sugar and food can be stored in fridges labelled with their name.

Each workstation is equipped with a desk, drawers, a chair, two screens and a phone. Staff are also provided with a laptop for use in the office and when working from home.

Additional IT kit and ergonomic equipment is provided to staff as and when required. 

Staff are welcome to personalise their workspace as long as is does not compromise or interfere with health and safety standards.

A clear desk policy is in operation and therefore no sensitive or personal information should be left out at the end of the working day.

Further Useful Information -

You have the right to join a trade union and to take part in its activities.  Details of the specified trade unions on the appropriate negotiating body are available for you at unison@lothian-vjb.gov.uk

The office building is well served by public transport.

  • Lothian Buses: Number 22 provides a frequent bus service and 400 airport bus.
  • Tram stops are at Bankhead and Edinburgh Park Station and is approximately 10 and 15 minutes walk respectively to the office.
  • Scotrail: Edinburgh Park station is approximately 10 minutes walk and South Gyle station is approximately 15 minutes walk from the office building.  Further information and timetables may be found here.

Cycle – bike stands are available next to the front entrance of the building.  There is visible signage around security measures to deter theft of bicycles.

The office is served by a limited number of showering facilities.

Storage space is provided to allow storage of exercise clothing and space to allow wet clothes to dry during the day.

There are a limited number of lockers available for staff.  Keys can be requested from the Business Support Team. 

The office building is served by a car park and there is also offsite parking in the immediate vicinity.

Access to the car park is via Marnin Way.

There is a Greggs bakery very close to the office, along with The Physiotherapy Clinic and a children’s play café.

LVJB does not operate a formal dress code, however, staff generally follow a smart / casual approach.  

LVJB has a Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notices, which are available here

LVJB premises are no smoking zones and smoking is prohibited.

Expenses incurred by staff in the course of their duties will be refunded through the payroll on submission of a staff expenses form.

Full details of terms and conditions of employment will be provided to you within your Statement of Particulars.

Lothian Valuation Joint Board is a Living Wage Employer

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