Havering is the most eastern London borough, bordered by Essex to the North and East, the River Thames to the South and the boroughs of Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham to the West. It's one of the largest boroughs in Greater London with a population of 226,000, over 7,000 businesses and an area approaching 40 square miles. It is delivering a £3bn investment programme that will improve the borough as a place to live. It will bring thousands of new jobs and genuinely affordable homes while helping to create new business opportunities.
Housing is a priority in Havering and the maintenance of our council housing stock is top of our list. We have ambitions to overhaul the way that we deliver our asset management, making sure that all our 10,000 council homes are safe and health for all our tenants and leaseholders – and contributing to reducing carbon emissions and making Havering a greener place to live.
As a council, we value our people and know that through investing in their development we can attract and retain the very best talent. We are a council that people want to work for and one in which you will have the opportunity to thrive and maximise your contribution and career potential.
If you have experience in delivering large scale asset management strategies either in the housing sector or another sector then we want to hear from you.
This role within the Housing Service presents an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Director of Property Services.
Reporting to the Director of Housing, you will:
Ensure that the council’s housing property portfolio is maintained to a high standard and lead on the development of the investment strategy for the housing stock.
Lead on the strategic implementation of the relevant legislation and policies relevant to the delivery of the property service.
Provide the strategic management and leadership for the following services:
- Responsive Repairs and voids maintenance
- Planned maintenance and decent homes investment
- Direct delivery of new Council Housing
- Health and Safety and Regulatory Compliance
- Data Management and Programme Monitoring
- Contract management and procurement.
You will need to have the following experience:
- successfully leading large multi-disciplinary teams providing the full range of asset management functions
- developing and delivering comprehensive asset management strategies and plans which are informed by periodic stock condition surveys
- development and delivery of new build council housing
- performance management of large scale repairs and maintenance contracts
- developing and delivering cyclical repairs programmes to deliver on time, quality and to budget
- delivery of large scale social landlord health and safety responsibilities, identifying and mitigating risks
- developing and implementing successful fire safety management strategies
- procuring large scale contracts, including tendering, use of frameworks and negotiated arrangements.
- planning and prioritising own workloads and those of your teams to achieve tasks within a tight deadline.
- experience of having worked effectively at a senior level in a political environment; skilled in taking a cross organisational perspective.
- demonstrable skills in research and evaluation, identification of trends, customer insight analysis; ability to translate this information to maximise potential service improvement.
- managing resources to ensure financial and service objectives are met within your own area.
- A degree or equivalent professional qualification or relevant work experience at a senior level
- Qualifications - a degree or equivalent professional qualification or relevant work experience at a senior level.
The London Borough of Havering is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Havering Redeployees.
he London Borough of Havering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on: 01708 432770 / 0203 373 0909
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Patrick Odling-Smee, Director of Housing on 01708 434015 or 01708 432441
Please note that CVs will not be accepted.
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 16th December 2019. Please note, however, that interest in this job may be high and we therefore reserve the right to close the vacancy early.
You will be notified if your application has been successful. Interviews are scheduled early January 2020.