Customer Service Assistant (Hourly paid)

Date: 06-Nov-2022

Location: Riyadh 11594, Middle East and North Africa, SA Ash Shati District, Jeddah, Middle East and North Africa, SA Dammam 32252, Middle East and North Africa, SA

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. 
We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. 
These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Role Title: Customer Service Assistant 
Pay Band: Hourly Paid 
Location: Riyadh / Jeddah and AL Khobar 
Contract type: 1 year (Hourly paid contract )

Closing date and time:  30 Septamber 2022


Please note that all applications for this post should be submitted in English.
This role is open to candidates who have the right to work in KSA.


About us:


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.


The opportunity:

The post-holder will deliver effective, quality-driven first line service to customers, clients and stakeholders at the British Council Riyadh, ensuring the customers receive the information and services they need in a friendly, professional, efficient and responsive environment. They will understand the English Language needs of prospective Adult and Young Learner students and provide effective and persuasive guidance regarding their British Council study pathway, in order to support the achievement of Teaching Centre registration targets.


Main accountabilities : 


• To ensure the smooth day-to-day running of practical aspects of the customer service by:

-Photocopying material

-To assist TC, exams and CS with display work

-To help when necessary to give publicity materials

-Keeping the waiting area tidy

-Checking the waiting area equipment

-Preparing the waiting area and placement tests area


• To deliver high standards of customer care by:


-Welcoming the customers at the front office and help them to choose the correct option from the queuing system

-Calls the waiting list customers

-Monitore the waiting area

-Directing customers to the placment test classes

-Directing Customers enquiries to the right person

-Assisting with queries as required

-Phoning students to update them on information and services as well as running telephone surveys as requested.

• To help with placement testing setup by:

-Preparing all rooms as required

-Preparing the number cards

-Storing tests in a tidy fashion


• Respond to all F2F, phone and emails enquiries in a positive and professional manner in accordance with the British Council Customer Service Standards and Policies, as outlined in the Customer Management Framework.


• Deliver Teaching Centre and Exams Department registration service enquiries and support in an efficient manner and in accordance with Teaching and Exams Quality Standards. These will help the English and Exams Team meet their ambitious targets.


• By following enquiry guidelines, ensure that where appropriate enquiries and feedback are passed on to the relevant British Council person and department.


• Refer to the Service Level Agreement to ensure they are clear on what is and what is not expected of them.


• Promote and cross sell BC products and services in a professional manner.


• Perform Call Centre and front office related administration and financial tasks in a timely manner to ensure smooth running of Call Centre operation.


Role Requirements:

Threshold requirements: Assessment stage

Passport requirements/ Right to work in country 

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.


The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


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