Hays Health & Safety have been exclusively retained by Southwark Council to recruit a Senior Fire Safety Surveyor to join the Housing & Modernisation Division.
Your New Organisation
Southwark is a place of growth, development and opportunity. It is a borough with a rich and proud history, strong sense of community and a great ability to transform and renew, sometimes very much against the odds. The borough has always been a place of visionary change. It was home to Alfred Salter, pioneering MP in the early 20th century, who brought one of the first public health services to this corner of London. Fast forward to the 21st century and Southwark again pioneered the roll out of a programme of free healthy school meals to all primary school children in 2011.
Southwark is highly diverse, a product of its history and a reflection of the ability to welcome new communities alongside existing residents. Over 120 languages are spoken in local schools, and 75 per cent of reception-age children are from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. Over 4 in 5 residents believe this is a place where people of all races live in harmony.
The borough has a vibrant mix of culture, leisure and arts facilities on its doorstep. Historically, Southwark was the centre for entertainment and arts for the city evident by Shakespeare’s Globe. The borough is home to Tate Modern, Dulwich Picture Gallery and looking to the future the borough will soon welcome London’s newest international theatre at One Tower Bridge when the London Theatre Company opens its door to the public.
Southwark is a very modern place. Regeneration and development abound with some of Europe’s most exciting and complex schemes such as Elephant and Castle, Aylesbury, Canada Water and London Bridge Quarter, home of the Shard, being delivered in the borough bringing thousands of new homes and jobs. The extension of the Bakerloo line is planned to come right through the borough improving transport links and again creating more jobs for local residents
- Treating residents as if they were a valued member of our own family.
- Being open, honest and accountable.
- Spending money as if it were from our own pocket.
- Working for everyone to realise their own potential.
- Making Southwark a place to be proud of.
Your New Role
Southwark has invested heavily in its Engineering and Compliance Division and is now seeking to recruit a Senior Fire Safety Surveyor for its housing and modernisation division.
Your main tasks will be to provide supervision to the Fire Safety Team and manage the identification of fire-related risks and issues across Southwark’s portfolio. You will also be arranging and overseeing any necessary remedial actions and works. You will be ensuring that fire safety is inspected, managed and maintained in line with RRO 2005 and acting as a technical point of contact to all stakeholders on all fire safety matters. You will be working closely with the Fire Safety Manager to assist in the professional development of the team as well as working closely with other council departments to provide them with technical support and training. You will have management responsibilities as part of your role, supervising up to 10 Fire Safety Surveyors with financial responsibilities of managing contracts and repairs up to £10m a year.
You will take responsibility for:
- carrying out fire risk assessments and FRA reviews in line with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
- assisting the Fire Safety Manager in the day to day and long term strategic procedures and processes of managing the in-house Fire Safety Team
- assisting the Fire Safety Manager with additional duties such as Recruitment, Retention and Development
- deputising for the Fire Safety Manager when required
- providing technical and professional training to trainees and new staff where required
- qualifying audit advice, assessments, reports etc… produced by the team to ensure team members are compliant with the departments technical, ethical and professional standards
- carrying out on-site investigations into reported or suspected fire safety issues and incidences and subsequently provide technical reports recommending appropriate action including complex and historical building fire safety issues
- representing the Council’s fire safety expertise at internal and external meetings and events
- surveying and designing individual fire works, schemes or work stream delivery packages
- auditing and risk reviewing contractor’s performance in relation to fire-related works including pre- and post-inspections
- contributing to the monitoring of existing and the development of new processes and procedures to manage controls of fire risk
- producing and delivering expert training to housing staff, contractors and consultants on fire safety and the FRA process
- devising Article 11 documentation to all residential blocks, including regular reviews
What you will need to succeed
You will need to have up to date and in-depth knowledge of current housing legislation and extensive knowledge of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. You will need to be qualified in Fire Safety; accepted qualifications include but are not limited to NEBOSH, CFPA, MIFE, MIFSM and more… You should be able to show a track record in carrying out fire risk assessments to complex residential properties, completing detailed schedules of works and fire related specifications, carrying out diagnostic and quality control inspections and producing detailed technical reports. You will need to have experience in managing teams and liaising with residents.
You will need to be an effective communicator with ability to explain complex information clearly to a wide range of people including the public, staff and contractors. You will also need to hold a full UK driving licence.
What you’ll get in return
- Total package up to £65k per annum
- Full time, Permanent Employment Contract
- 28 days holiday plus bank holidays
- Interest free season ticket loans
- Southwark offers membership of its pension scheme, which is in line with the national Local Government Pension Scheme (a career average scheme).
- Working hours and flexible working arrangements available
- Basic working hours for this role are 36 per week.
Southwark Council is committed to a policy of equality and diversity for all staff regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor.
Key Application Dates
- Closing date of Friday 7th June 2019
- Interviews will take place on a rolling basis so early application is advised.
For an informal, confidential discussion about the role, please call our Retained Recruitment Partner Nicole Smith at Hays Specialist Recruitment on 0207 259 8724. All third-party applications will be redirected to Hays Specialist Recruitment.