We have an exciting opportunity for a Fire Safety advisor to work as part of the Health Safety team at a well-known University, based in London. The Fire Safety advisor is responsible for the University’s fire safety management system including the development and implementation of policies and procedures, delivery of fire safety training, undertaking audits and inspections, completing fire risk assessments and reporting on fire safety matters to the relevant people and/ or committees. The roles will also undertake fire safety investigations if and when necessary.
The University’s estate exceeds 160,000 m2 spread across 15 sites from Wimbledon in South West London to Hackney in the North East. The Estate includes 14 Halls of Residence. Retail and Catering – operates 10 art shops and 17 catering outlets across the estate.
Qualifications - Essential:
- Third party certificated as either a fire risk assessor or auditor, through the Institution of Fire Engineers’ Register of Fire Risk Assessors and Auditors or similar, or working towards certification;
- CFPA Diploma in Fire Prevention or level 4 BTEC Diploma in Fire Safety and C05 Certificate in Fire Risk Assessment;
- Relevant fire safety professional qualifications and/or working towards membership with Institution of Fire Engineers or similar organisation;
- The post holder will need to demonstrate suitable experience in both inspection and management of fire safety in a relevant organisation;
- Experience of designing and delivering fire safety training to a diverse audience;
- Thorough up-to-date knowledge of fire safety legislation and best practice;
- Experience in working a Higher Education or Creative Arts environment.
Skills and Competencies Required
- Working in large, multi-disciple organisation.
- Untaken fire risk assessments for complex building.
- Implementation of fire management system and building fire strategies.
- Developing and delivering training to various stakeholders.
- Communicates effectively orally and in writing adapting the message for a diverse audience in an inclusive and accessible way.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to document complex technical material, write and implement policy and procedural information and clearly explain matters of detail.
- Produce meaningful, high quality reports.
- Strong decision-making capabilities with the ability to evidence and present rationale for decisions made in terms of policy matters, day-to-day practical fire safety issues and contribution to acute situations where practical fire safety direction, guidance and advice are essential.
- Good presentation skills to deliver information and training on complex Fire Safety topics to a range of audiences.
- Motivates and leads a team effectively, setting clear objectives to manage performance.
- Strong management skills with a demonstrable ability to develop high performing teams.
- Ability to think and operate strategically, provide clear direction, sponsor change and continuous improvement.
- Authoritative and credible demeanour, able to challenge constructively, engage colleagues and build solid, effective and enduring relationships.
- Adept in analysing and managing hazardous or emergency situations whilst generating confidence from colleagues and associates.