Hackney Council is looking for someone to lead a new team within our housing service to focus on resident safety. You will advise on all aspects of asbestos management and compliance, helping us make the borough cleaner and safer. This is an important part of our work to make Hackney a place for everyone.
As Housing Services Asbestos Manager, you will help us put in place procedures to manage any asbestos in our housing stock. Managing a team of four, your responsibilities will include surveying, inspections, removal and remediation. You will also oversee permits, training and ensure our work is in line with current legislation. You will lead on all asbestos related matters, from developing new policies to emergency response and contingency planning.
Housing is a top priority in Hackney. Inner London is experiencing intense pressure on housing stock with competing demands on space, a growing population and rising prices. Hackney Council manages over 30,000 properties across the borough. Our Housing team work hard to create safe, affordable homes for people who need them.
We need someone who can be our first point of contact for asbestos related issues. Someone able to provide specialist advice, knowledge and guidance. You will need at least five years’ relevant experience, including asbestos management, risk assessments and investigations. Your background should include a broad range of design, construction and operations work. You should have in-depth knowledge of managing projects and developing proposals to deal with asbestos.
Your technical understanding will include interpreting surveyor’s reports, analysing lab results and creating action plans to mitigate risk. Escalating concerns to Health and Safety boards, and others, as appropriate. Day to day you will need to liaise with contractors, create management reports and provide Quality Assurance of works to ensure our compliance.
You must be analytical and organised, able to stay level-headed under pressure and calm in an emergency. You will need effective communication skills and be able liaise with a range of stakeholders. This role needs someone who can show initiative, who likes pioneering new approaches and can lead performance improvements for their team.
You must stay up to date with current legislation and be ambitious to help us become a beacon of best practice. You should be a certified competent person BOHS CCP (Asbestos), with P402 or P405 and have completed the S301 training. This role will split time between office work and site visits, you should have a flexible approach as occasional out of hours work may be required.
Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.
If the opportunity of working here excites you, please apply.
Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification. It is essential that you include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all the aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.
Closing date: 02 June 2019
We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.
Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.