Adaptation Building Surveyor
Changing homes to meet changing needs
In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local communities at the heart of decision-making, working in partnership with them to provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient. This includes looking after our older and more vulnerable residents. We are dedicated to supporting people’s independence and wellbeing, and work hard to enable them to live in the community with dignity, choice and control. This is particularly important at the time of the pandemic, as people need to be safe, secure and supported within their own homes.
Working alongside a team of occupational therapists and case workers, you’ll carry out surveys of people’s homes to assess major adaptations and improvements for access and safety. Taking full ownership of projects, you’ll manage and monitor them through various stages including planning, building regulations, procurement and quality control. You’ll act as contract administrator, preparing specifications, documents and risk assessments. Communication will be key: you’ll be in day-to-day contact with residents and a wide variety of different council departments and other agencies, ensuring projects are progressed at pace and to budget.
For more information about the role, please see the full Job Description.
With prior experience in residential surveying, probably within a housing association or a local authority, you’ll be used to working with users of adult social care services. Insight into the needs of disabled adults would be particularly useful. You should hold a related technical or professional qualification in building or surveying (Minimum HNC or equivalent) and will have CAD skills, as well as a good knowledge of contract administration. Excellent written and spoken communication skills are essential, along with a good level of empathy. Well organised, pragmatic and resilient, you’ll also have the determination to address challenges and see projects through.
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.
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.
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