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Customer Partner – Customer Relations

Blue Octopus Recruitment Ltd
Home Based
£12,160 per annum (FTE: £29,000 per annum) + Car Allowance
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

Job Details

1 x Permanent, Full Time (37.5 hours per week)

1 x Fixed Term Contract until 25th March 2025 (Maternity Cover), Part Time (17.5 hours per week, flexibility with which days)

Here at Stonewater, we are now looking for two Customer Partners to join our Customer Relations Team, which delivers our customer complaints service.

As our Customer Partner in the Customer Relations Team, you will work with customers, colleagues and contractors to respond to complaints. You’ll use your listening and communication skills to build constructive relationships with customers so you can understand their concerns.

You’ll work with service areas to investigate the issues they’ve raised, and identify whether we’ve made mistakes leading to service failure. You’ll follow the Housing Ombudsman Service’s Complaint Handling Code, ensuring we meet deadlines for acknowledging and responding to complaints. You’ll also be responsible for writing formal responses to customer complaints, using your excellent written communications skills to craft comprehensive and empathetic replies in Stonewater’s tone of voice.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to demonstrate a passion for customer service, showing sophisticated influencing and negotiation skills. You will be responsive to changing customer needs and be compassionate, managing challenging conversations with customers.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to bring your passion and energy to specific types of customer enquiries, developing our National service model and helping us to maintain a personal, locally sensitive offer to customers.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have proven customer service experience.
  • Have an understanding of managing complaints in social housing and knowledge of the Housing Ombudsman Service.
  • Have experience of safeguarding and managing cases involving people who may have a range of specialist and complex needs.
  • Have strong communication skills and demonstrate an ability to positively influence and negotiate outcomes.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Excel.
  • Skills in adopting new digital solutions and innovations.
  • Experience of delivering change.
  • Commitment to innovation, quality, customer service and value for money.
  • Able to build partnerships, working to meet the needs of customers, handling complex multi-agency relationships.

Appointment to this role will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check, satisfactory references and possession of a valid Right to Work document.

Discover Stonewater:

Stonewater is a leading housing provider. We manage around 36,000 homes, serving 78,000 customers across our portfolio of affordable properties for general rent, shared ownership and sale, alongside specialist accommodation, with an ambitious house-building programme.

Our mission is to provide quality homes and services for people whose needs are not met by the open market. Stonewater was one of the first social housing providers in the UK to adopt the Sustainability Reporting Standard (SRS), published by Good Economy. Using the Housing Association’s Charitable Trust (HACT) Value Insight model, we calculated that we made an impact of over £28m during 2022/23. We know that life can be hugely challenging for many of our customers right now, and we are pleased to say that more than 400 customers have been supported into work, education, training and independent living. If you would like to read more please visit: Stonewater's Social Value Report

We’re looking for like-minded people to join our team of over 800 talented colleagues who embody our values of being ethical, ambitious, passionate, agile and commercial, as well as people who want to make a difference and transform people’s lives.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and working towards accreditation for becoming a Disability Confident Leader, which allows us to record and report on disability, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace to better support our colleagues. We have also achieved accreditation for being an Advanced Employer for Investing in Ethnicity Maturity Matrix. We are committed to being a Menopause Friendly employer and working towards accreditation our Menopause Friendly accreditation.

Are you ready to #DiscoverStonewater?

Stonewater reserve the right to bring the closing date forward should enough quality applications be received prior to the current closing date.


Blue Octopus partners with employers from a multitude of different sectors and industries, using our next generation technology and recruitment expertise to help attract, engage and hire the best talent for their unique career opportunities. We know that having the right people in place is crucial to every business’ current and future successes, regardless of the area they operate in.

Over the last decade, our experience has allowed us to specialise in several sectors, including social housing.

Blue Octopus has a strong history of working with social housing providers to help them hire the best talent and improve their talent management processes. This experience, coupled with knowledge developed over time, has allowed us to fully understand both the market itself and the skills required within the sector. We understand that operating at a high standard, efficiently and cost-effectively, is vital for our clients in the Social Housing sector, who provide a much-needed service for their tenants.

Company info
Octo House, 2 Station Road
West Yorkshire
LS21 3HX
United Kingdom

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