Newham is a vibrant inner-city borough with excellent transport links to the rest of London and South-East England, including Kent, Essex, Surrey and Middlesex. 72% of the population are from BAME communities, contributing to 220 languages being spoken in the area. Proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse cultures across the country, Newham is an exciting and challenging borough that is committed to putting people at the heart of everything we do.
The Borough boasts iconic landmarks such as, Green Street, the Olympic Park, Excel centre, Westfield Shopping Centre and the University of East London. Newham is changing rapidly, benefiting from significant investment, creating new jobs, homes and opportunities for all. The Mayor of London has provided the Borough with £107 million funding through the ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ programme, supporting the construction of 1,100 new homes by 2022. From this we expect to see an additional 2,500 jobs created over the next decade, injecting £1.5 billion to the local economy.
Having recently been through a massive shift in direction following both the newly elected Mayor and appointment of the Chief Executive, we are now starting a journey of transformation and improvement that will put people at the heart of everything we do, creating opportunities for everyone.
About the Job
Overall operational responsibility for fire safety across the Councils owned and managed housing assets ensuring consistent and quality fire safety management and improvement. Ensuring the Council meet both statutory and non-statutory responsibilities in relation to legislation and associated building regulations. Accountable for the preparation and delivery of the Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) programme and ensuring that all FRAs are up to date and are of a high quality utilising an appropriate quality assurance process and programme. Ensure statutory, regulatory & governance compliance. Using both performance data received from operational teams and information gathered through audits, incident investigation and enforcement bodies. Develop, update, and maintain the Housing Departments Fire Safety management policy. Providing instruction, training, and guidance as necessary to ensure that it is effective.
The successful candidate should have knowledge of:
- Fire safety legislation and its applications to housing.
- The requirements for good fire safety management and maintenance operations.
- Fire Risk Assessment process and guidance/best practice.
- Building construction
- Stakeholder engagement.
- The emerging fire safety and building safety legislation.
- Report writing for different audiences.
- PAS 79
- BS 9999: Code of practice for fire safety in design, management and use of buildings.
- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
And the following experiences, skills and abilities:
- Experience of successful fire safety management at a senior level in a complex organisational environment
- Experience of working in a building compliance or fire service environment.
- Possession of a demonstrable track record of delivering results on time, to a high quality.
- Experience in the corporate affairs of a complex, multi-disciplinary service orientated organisation, including project planning and the management of change.
- Experience of using people management techniques to deliver change through others
- Degree qualified or similar qualification.
- A member of the IFE, IFSM, IFPO
- Analytical ability associated with management data, the understanding and interpretation of which is key to delivery of programmes to deliver assurance.
- A flexible approach and a willingness to embrace and promote new ways of working.
- An ability to work with, support and enthuse other people.
- An ability to deliver through positive interaction with team members.
- An ability to lead, motivate and support and enable people.
- Ability to manage conflict creatively.
- Ability to build effective working relationships with individuals and organisations within and outside the council.
- Ability to articulate ideas well in written and oral communications.
The London Borough of Newham 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 Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham 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).
Closing date for applications is 4pm on 22nd January 2023 however interest in this job may be high and we therefore reserve the right to close the vacancy early.
Please submit your CV with a personal statement of no more than x2 A4 sides outlining how you would be suitable for the role with due regard to the person specification attached to the job description.
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