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Customer service support CSMG

The management and operation of one or more customer service or service desk functions. Acting as a point of contact to support service users and customers reporting issues, requesting information, access, or other services.


Defined at these levels: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Customer service support: Level 1

Receives and handles requests for service, following agreed procedures. Promptly allocates calls as appropriate. Logs incidents and service requests and maintains relevant records.

Customer service support: Level 2

Responds to common requests for service by providing information to enable fulfilment. Promptly allocates unresolved calls as appropriate. Maintains records, informs users about the process and advises relevant persons of actions taken.

Customer service support: Level 3

Acts as the routine contact point, receiving and handling requests for support. Responds to a broad range of service requests for support by providing information to fulfill requests or enable resolution. Provides first line investigation and diagnosis and promptly allocates unresolved issues as appropriate. Assists with the development standards, and applies these to track, monitor, report, resolve or escalate issues. Contributes to creation of support documentation.

Customer service support: Level 4

Monitors customer service or service desk functions, and collects performance data. Assists with the specification, development, research and evaluation of services standards. Applies these standards to resolve or escalate issues and gives technical briefings to staff members.

Customer service support: Level 5

Ensures that the inventory of components to be supported is complete and current. Drafts and maintains policy, standards and procedures for the customer service or service desk functions. Responsible for day-to-day management and work allocation to meet agreed service levels. Specifies, agrees and applies standards. Ensures that tracking and monitoring of performance is carried out, metrics and reports are analysed, and issues are resolved.

Customer service support: Level 6

Influences the strategic direction and takes responsibility for the full range of customer service functions, including organisational frameworks for complaints, service standards and operational agreements. Defines service levels, standards and the monitoring process for customer service or service desk staff. Gives technical leadership to operational staff, and takes responsibility for business continuity and legal compliance.

Customer service support: Level 7

This skill is not typically observed or practiced at this level of responsibility and accountability.