SAAS- Enquiry Officers (Vacancy Filled)

Edinburgh Guarantee opportunities are specifically created for Edinburgh school leavers from the past 3 years.

Job Title: Enquiry Officers (x6)                  Type: Modern Apprenticeship

Contract: Fixed Term – 12 Months          Salary: £17,242 per annum

Employer: Scottish Government/Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Applications are invited for Enquiry Officers to work in the Customer Engagement area of the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), based in Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh EH11 3XD

Work Environment:

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) is an Agency of the Scottish Government giving financial support through a variety of schemes to all eligible students doing a course of higher education in the UK. We employ around 253 people. We receive and process around 160,000 undergraduate applications each year, with supporting documentation, almost all between April and October.

What might a day in this job look like?
Main Duties
You will deal with general enquiries from students and other stakeholders, on a range of issues related to student funding in higher education. You will handle queries by telephone and in writing. You will also deal with enquiries at our reception and via social media. You will be responsible for escalating more specific or complex queries to ensure that the caller receives the information they need as soon as possible.

What will I Learn?
Communication and engagement, team work, information management, self awareness
SVQ Level 2 Customer Service
What Qualifications / Qualities are required?

You must hold a minimum of 5 National 4’s including – Maths, Arithmetic

Competencies and Experience Required
The following competencies are key to performing the job successfully:

Customer Service
You should recognise the diversity of customers and understand their needs and expectations. You should have the ability to respond to these needs in a helpful and professional way and build positive relationships with customers. You should work to agreed timescales and standards, and work to improve customer service by listening to and acting on feedback.

Communications and Engagement
You should have good oral and written communication skills and be able to adapt these easily. You should be able contribute your ideas in a clear and concise way.
Information Management
You will have access to personal information and must be able to manage it with discretion and in accordance with our data protection legislation and practices. We will provide training on the in-house processing systems you will use. You will be dealing with large numbers of applications and emails and will be able to store, retrieve and share information quickly and effectively.
Self Awareness
You will plan, organise and prioritise competing demands on your time, ensuring that you complete tasks to an agreed standard and within agreed timescales, with minimum supervision. You should show an ability to identify your own development needs and actively manage your own learning.

Team Work
You should be able to work as part of a team and recognise the contribution the team makes to the wider organisation. You should be aware of how yourown work connects with work of others and demonstrate the ability to build relationships with those in your team. You should be willing to contribute to the continuous improvement of the team.

Essential Criteria
• Good interpersonal and communication skills.
• You should have the ability to organise and prioritise your workload with minimum supervision.

Desirable Criteria
It is desirable (but not essential) that you are able to demonstrate the following:

• The ability to display confidence in dealing with a range of contacts;
• Competent in using a variety of common IT packages/systems and an ability to develop these skills as necessary.

How to Apply:

Please email your CV to

Closing Date: 7th April 2017