Funeral Assistant

Brent Council
Brent, London Borough
£28,356 - £30,108 p.a. inc. plus Standby Allowance
28 Nov 2018
09 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Salary range: £28,356 - £30,108 p.a. inc. plus Standby Allowance
Contract: Fixed term (6 Months)
Hours of work: 36 hours per week
Location: Civic Centre and other locations from time to time

Be part of an exciting new service

Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent's diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.

The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.

The Post

In response for a demand of our low cost funeral service and increasing numbers of parish (pauper) funerals, Brent Council has developing its own in house funeral service, which has a growing demand. We now need to expand the team to meet the future needs and maintain a 24/7 service.

The Funeral Assistants will support the funeral director in arranging funerals. This includes taking people into our care (includes out of hours), preparing the deceased and ensuring the best quality service is provided to customers.

The post holder will carry out all aspects of a funeral including collection of the deceased, preparation of bodies and dressing, completion of documentation, meeting families, ensuring and undertaking the funeral at crematoria or cemeteries.

The Person

The person will need previous experience in funeral services including collections, burials and cremations, dealing with sensitively with the relatives of those that come to our care and preparing the bodies.

An attention to detail and an ability to accurately record information it critical to the work. The person must be able to be to handle and prepared the deceased for their funeral, to make up coffins and transport the bodies to the final place or rest. The person must be able to deal with the emotional and sometimes unpleasant elements of the work.

You must be prepared to work unsocial hours and be on the on-call rota duty team.

The person must be flexible with their time to meet customer need and able to meet the physical demands of the job, including lifting and lowering coffins and working in all weather conditions.

Although the post has unpleasant elements it the role can be highly rewarding and there can be great job satisfaction from confidence of the job well done and the thanks from families

Closing Date: 12 December 2018 (23:00)

Assessment & Interview Date: TBC

Additional Information

Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Applications are particularly welcome from people with disabilities and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) applicants as they are under-represented across the council.

All organisations and individuals who work with children and young people, or are involved in providing services for them have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare.

We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Before you join Brent Council, you will need to provide your National Insurance (NI) number and undergo a Home Office Standard I.D. check.

All successful applicants will be required to apply for a ‘Enhanced' DBS Disclosure.

Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.

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