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Collections Agent Vacancy

Experience level: Entry level
Term: Contract
Duration: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time*
Team: ABL
Location: Northampton

*(37.5 hours per week covering 8am to 8pm rota, Saturday – 9am to 12:45 – alternatively)

The company

We are the first nationwide provider of end-to-end debt and property recovery services and we bring a huge wealth of expertise and experience to the market. Setting the standard for debt resolution by achieving what is right and fair while treating everyone we encounter with respect and sensitivity.

As a service business, our culture is based on a core belief in our greatest asset - our people.

The role

This role is for a position in the Equivo’s Asset Based Lending team, acting on behalf Creation Consumer Finance Limited. We currently have a requirement for a Collections Agent to, among many other responsibilities, collect arrears payments from customers who have Hire Purchase auto-finance products across the credit spectrum, all whilst working within the guidelines of the FCA on treating customers fairly.

Main responsibilities

  • Telephone correspondence with customers, both inbound and outbound
  • Taking payments from customers
  • Negotiate credit arrangements
  • Use your judgement to ensure all customers are treated fairly in line with FCA guidelines
  • Tracing uncontactable customers
  • Identify complaints and attempt to resolve the complaint in line with firm policies and FCA requirements
  • Communicate with third party agents to assist in recovering vehicles
  • To be familiar with and follow the Unit's policies, procedures and processes
  • Comply with all of the firm's policies and all regulatory requirements
  • Control and manage your workload effectively and efficiently using the relevant case management systems and IS resources and processes appropriately
  • Be responsible and accountable for your workload including meeting internal and client SLA requirements
  • Be aware of associated areas of law impacting the Unit's delivery of its service
  • Recognise any potential issues in cases and refer these appropriately
  • Attend and complete any training in a timely manner
  • Attend internal and external meetings as required and assist in implementing changes to any Unit procedures.
  • Liaise with other internal teams as appropriate
  • Assist the Unit in achieving financial targets, other KPIs, management information and meeting budgets.
  • Support the Unit with marketing initiatives when required and collating management information

Skills and qualifications

  • IT literate with experience of using Word, Excel and the internet
  • Ability to deal with difficult telephone conversations with any of the key stakeholders in the recoveries process confidently and calmly and refer if appropriate
  • Good written, numeracy and oral communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise, be organised and efficient
  • Flexibility with the capability to adapt to change, new practices and cope under pressure but with the ability to recognise when to seek assistance
  • Able to integrate within a team and able to work on your own initiative
  • Friendly and helpful approach

Performance Standard

  • Treat your colleagues, clients and their customers and third parties with respect
  • Good timekeeping

Equal opportunities

Equivo is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the company is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

Pre-Employment Screening

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. These checks will include employment references covering the last 5 years, proof of ID, proof of address covering the last 5 years, Personnel Vetting credit search (which will only highlight insolvency or County Court Judgments - should any adverse data show on the Personnel Vetting search then any offer of employment made will be withdrawn). Terrorism Check (against data supplied by the Bank of England) and a DBS check previously known as a Criminal Records check.

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