Senior Fire Officer - Flexible Working Available

Based in Sidcup or West Ham Lane
Competitive depending on experience Plus essential Car User Allowance*
15 Oct 2020
28 Oct 2020
Contract Type

This is a new opportunity for an experienced person to join our Building Compliance team on a part time, flexible basis and become part of the Senior fire officer team. The role sits within our Maintenance and Operational Services directorate and reports directly to the Compliance Manager.

 The Senior Fire Officers lead a small and professional team of Fire Officers, delivering our fire risk assessment programme and providing specialist fire safety advice and guidance across the business. Working collaboratively with managers and employees across L&Q as well as providing direction to our consultants and contractors. You will have excellent communication, influencing and organisational skills and demonstrate the ability to work with a wide range of stakeholder groups.

You will ensure that our policies and procedures, in relation to fire safety in residential properties, are delivered in full and we are compliant to our statutory obligations. you will have a good working knowledge of The Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005 and be able to demonstrate that you have experience of delivering the requirements of this legislation in a public facing organisation. You will be capable of managing a varied and challenging workload and demonstrate your ability to manage your time and that of others effectively to deliver targets.

We are looking for someone who has similar sector experience such as but not limited to the Fire Brigade, local authority, social housing, building Compliance and working experience within H&S, or other related and transferable experience.

You will have a proven track record of delivering fire safety within a residential property portfolio. Our housing stock is varied and we are looking for someone with experience working over a varied stock, such as high rises, new builds, purpose built blocks and street conversions. You will be able to produce high quality Fire Risk Assessments and also demonstrate a good understanding of the risk assessment process. You will be familiar with the Lacors fire safety guidance in relation to residential accommodation.

You will have a good working knowledge of how buildings are constructed and the requirements of the Building Regulations, specifically in regards to fire safety (Part B) requirements. You will be able to read building plans and drawings and be familiar with the development process so that you are able to actively engage with other property experts in the development of our new homes.

Previous management experience is desirable, but we expect that this position may be attractive to individuals wanting to move into a managerial position for the first time. In this regard we expect the individual to be able to clearly set out how they will manage a team, confirm the skills that they already have and also demonstrate a willingness to develop their skills in this important area.

To be considered for this role candidates will have/be:

·       Experience carrying out risk assessments within a varied residential stock

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Proficient IT skills including outlook, word, excel

·       An up to date CPD and ability to work with others to improve their knowledge and learning

·       You will have a Level 3/4 Certificate/ Diploma in Fire Risk Assessment and Fire Safety Management or equivalent

·       You will be able to prepare detailed reports for progress monitoring, reports on specific incidents or events and be able to prepare a high standard of professional quality and detail in all of your work.

·       Up to date knowledge of building and fire regulations

Car owner/driver essential.

*ECU Allowance is paid in accordance with requirements of the relevant policy as updated from time to time.

If you believe you have the qualities we are after and are interested in working for an organisation that can really make a difference to people’s lives, then please apply without delay.

Our commitments:

At L&Q, people are at the heart of our business and our success depends on employing the best people and getting the best from them.  This is why we are committed to developing our people. It's only by investing in a well-trained and motivated workforce that we can continue to prosper and sustain business success.

In addition to our support and training, the successful candidate will have access to our full suite of benefits including 26 days holiday rising to 31 days with length of service, annual bonus subject to group performance, excellent Pension scheme, Benenden Healthcare, an employee assistance programme and non-contributory life assurance.

We are committed to supporting your work-life balance and recognise the changing demands and circumstances in life.  Please let us know during the recruitment process if you’re interested in part time working or job sharing.  In addition, should your circumstances change once you have joined L&Q, you can also request flexible working arrangements, e.g. a change to working hours - if it’s feasible then we’ll make it happen.

We are recognised externally for our commitment to inclusion.  We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident (Committed) employer and have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to end mental health discrimination in the workplace.

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