Head of Fire Safety

Cray House Sidcup or West Ham Lane Stratford
Up to £ 87,000 plus £1,300 Essential Car User Allowance
14 Apr 2021
23 Apr 2021
Full Time
Contract Type

Closing date for completed applications 23rd April 2021 at 11pm

Interviews will be held on: 6th May 2021 via Microsoft Teams

L&Q are recruiting to the newly created role of Head of Fire Safety. The Head of Fire Safety will lead an expert Fire Safety team within Property Services, with circa 50 staff. The Head of Fire Safety has overall operational responsibility for the Fire Safety across the L&Q Estate. This key role reports into the Property Services Director and has key links across the wider organisation partnering with other internal and external teams to deliver projects and maintain a strong health and safety culture.

The Head of Fire Safety will lead the delivery of our new innovative fire Remediation Strategy.  You will ensure the overall integrity and coherence of the fire safety programme and be responsible for implementing the operational change and business improvements required following the Hackitt Review and all subsequent legislation and regulation.  You will be confident in presenting findings and creating and communicating impactful solutions to Senior Management and the Executive Group.

Our residents’ safety is of paramount importance and a key area of focus will be communicating our plans coherently to residents across L&Q.   The ability to build resident trust and confidence will be essential.

To be considered for this role candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • A firm understanding and experience working within varied housing stock and within varied tenure
  •  Relevant degree or comparable related experience
  • Experience in preparing and delivering a large scale, high-quality, compliant FRA programme
  • Ability to influence high profile external stakeholders and internal customers
  • Membership of IFSM, IFPO or IFE
  • Experience providing direction and leadership to an expert team
  • Experience managing fire related projects
  • Good understanding recent recommendations made to fire safety for residential dwellings

If you are interested in this role and have the experience required, then apply without delay!


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

COVID 19: The safety of our staff and our candidates is of the utmost importance. Every effort will be taken to ensure that safe ways of working are adopted throughout the Recruitment and Selection process. We are introducing extra precautions in line with UK Government Guidelines. Our recruitment processes will follow social distancing and COVID-19 Secure requirements. This will include the use of various technologies to support the interview process. Should candidates have any questions regarding this, or if you require additional support please let us know at the interview planning stage.

At the foundation of everything that we do are our corporate values and associated behaviours. Our organisational behavioural framework outlines the core expectations of all employees, which should be demonstrated at all times when representing L&Q.   More information about L&Q’s values can be found on our website and a copy of our behavioural framework can be provided on request.

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.

We expect all of our employees to support our environmental policy and social responsibility work. We are an employer committed to environmental and social responsibility.

L&Q is a regulated charitable housing association and one of the UK’s most successful independent social businesses. The L&Q Group houses around 250,000 people in more than 97,000 homes, primarily across London and the South East.

As a charitable organisation, our role goes beyond providing homes and housing services. We are a long-term partner in the neighbourhoods where we work. We hope to build aspiration, opportunity and confidence in our communities through our £250 million L&Q Foundation and our skills academy. 

In response to the housing and affordability crisis, we will build 100,000 new homes over ten years. Of these, 60,000 homes will be built or funded by L&Q, whilst a further 40,000 will come through partnerships. Crucially, at least 50% of these new homes will be genuinely affordable, with a target of 60% in London.

Our vision is that everyone has a quality home they can afford, and we combine our social purpose with commercial drive to create homes and neighbourhoods everyone can be proud of.

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