Building Safety Manager
About Us: Managing and improving our housing stock to make residents and their safety our top priority
In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local people and local businesses at the heart of decision-making, working in partnership with them to provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient. We are committed to embedding lessons learnt and, having brought our social housing stock back under local authority control, we’ve now embarked on a £300 million capital investment programme. As part of this programme, we will be significantly enhancing fire and building safety standards.
Playing a pivotal role in this high-profile initiative, you’ll drive through vital and significant changes in building safety. With a focus on some 82 high-rise buildings across the borough, as well as 10 buildings that provide sheltered and hostel accommodation, your expertise will be vital to managing and improving structural and fire safety. This is more than a technical role, however: you’ll be tasked with winning back trust and assuring residents and communities that safety is being managed effectively.
Please refer to the Job Description for more information.
First and foremost, you’ll need practical understanding and experience of structural safety in building management, as well as building services, safety and fire safety. Extensive experience of managing operations across a complex, multi-site portfolio, using contractors as well as directly employed staff, is essential. This could have been gained in a local authority, the university sector, commercial property or property consultancy. You will hold membership of a professional engineering institution and will be registered with the Engineering Council of the UK (or working towards). You will also have practical health and safety knowledge, which may include having completed courses and/or qualifications in health and safety.
What is also important is your interpersonal and relationship-building skills. As a named point of contact, you’ll have true ownership of projects and will be responsible for engaging communities, residents and other stakeholders, so you’ll need to be comfortable communicating and influencing at all levels. This is a pressurised and fast-moving environment, which requires diligence and attention to detail, but also pragmatism and a focus on finding solutions. It’s a genuine challenge, but you will have plenty of support from the wider team.
In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.
Please apply online, specifying how you meet the requirements for the role in your personal statement.
We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.
We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.
We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.
RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.
This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.
We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.
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