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Title:  Customer Service Officer (Repairs)

Location: 

Hull, Yorkshire and Humberside, GB, HU2 8DT

Department:  Customer Services
Operation:  Sanctuary Housing
Requisition Number:  190489

Sanctuary manages rented and shared ownership homes and supports community initiatives for thousands of customers across England. Our staff help make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.

 

Customer Service Officer (Repairs)

 

Customer Service Centre, Francis Street, Hull

 

£24,202 - £25,476 per year

 

40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, plus some early evening and weekend working

 

We are seeking a Customer Service Officer to join our Customer Service Centre (CSC) team in Hull. The CSC takes inbound customer calls relating to repairs, incidents and queries. Sanctuary has over 100,000 properties ranging from General Rented Housing, Housing for older people, Homeownership, Student accommodation, Care & Supported sites, and Commercial properties.

 

Being on the front line isn’t always easy! Our CSC team handles calls from minor water leaks to more urgent repairs such as no heating or hot water in a full block of flats for example, so understandably our callers may be unhappy. We are looking for a particular type of person to be good at resolving complex customer queries and complaints.

 

Confidence, communication, emotional resilience and empathy – this is what it takes to be a great Customer Service Officer. With these skills, you can understand and respond well to the different ways that our customers can react, ensuring that they have a positive customer service journey.

 

Although this job can be challenging, every day is different and there is no better buzz than helping our customers by turning dissatisfaction into satisfaction.

 

The role of Customer Service Officer will include:

  • Managing high volumes of calls, and providing excellent customer service by concentrating on resolving the issues on the first contact where possible
  • Liaising closely with our housing and maintenance teams to ensure that issues are resolved in a professional manner
  • Having empathy and understanding when our customers may be upset or angry
  • Listening out for wellbeing cues, to identify vulnerable customers and escalate to our regional teams or the welfare services, as/when appropriate
  • Communicating with residents, staff and external agencies to investigate housing and maintenance related queries and complaints, and provide a positive experience
  • Ability to work to deadline and hit KPI’s
  • Ability to spot potential for improvements and confidence to make suggestions
  • Evening and weekend working include offering an out of hours emergency service.

 

Skills and experiences:

  • Previous experience in a customer service or contact centre role is essential, ideally handling inbound calls
  • You must also have a professional telephone manner and the ability to cope with a high volume of calls whilst remaining calm under pressure. If you’ve worked as an emergency call handler, you’ll have this down to a tee
  • You must be able to handle different types of calls and enquiries, adapting your style to our customers’ needs and be able to navigate computer systems
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise your own workload, as well as working as part of a team towards shared targets and KPIs
  • A positive attitude, a can do approach and great communication skills
  • Experience of managing a variety of complex enquiries

 

Why work for us?

Sanctuary Housing is one of the UK’s leading social landlords, providing around 70,000 homes across England. We give our residents good quality, affordable homes in communities that they can be proud of. As part of a not-for-profit organisation, we reinvest any surplus we make back into the local communities we serve.

 

Our Benefits    

As part of our commitment to making Sanctuary a great place to work, where your wellbeing is of genuine importance, we have developed an attractive employment package. The package recognises your contribution, supports your physical, mental and financial health and gives you the flexibility to tailor your employee benefits by offering:

  • 23 days annual leave (rising to a maximum of 28 days) plus public holidays
  • A pension scheme with employer contributions from Sanctuary
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Advice Service including counselling
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Voluntary health plans  
  • Employee discounts
  • Wellbeing support and tools
  • Employee recognition scheme
  • £24,202 per annum (rising to £25,476 after 12 months service subject to satisfactory performance)

 

To view the job profile, please click here

 

Closing Date: 11 August 2022

 

 

We reserve the right depending on application numbers to close or extend the closing dates for positions; we would therefore recommend an early application.

 

‘For an insight into what it’s like to work for us, take a look at #LifeatSanctuary on Twitter

 

Building Equality and Diversity

Sanctuary Group encourages and welcomes applications from people from diverse backgrounds to support our commitment to offering an inclusive environment for our employees and customers.
We work closely with the Home Office in order to prevent illegal working.
Sanctuary Housing Services Limited is a subsidiary of Sanctuary Housing Association, an exempt charity.


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