Fire Safety Manager

London Borough of Southwark
London (Greater)
£45,000 - 50,000 per year + excellent package
31 Jul 2018
20 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
NEBOSH Qualification
NEBOSH Certification

Fire Safety Manager

Hays Health & Safety have been exclusively retained by Southwark Council to recruit a prestigious Fire Safety Manager.

Your New Organisation

Southwark is a place of growth, development and opportunity.  It is a borough with a rich and proud history, strong sense of community and a great ability to transform and renew, sometimes very much against the odds. 

The borough has always been a place of visionary change. It was home to Alfred Salter, pioneering MP in the early 20th century, who brought one of the first public health services to this corner of London.  Fast forward to the 21st century and Southwark again pioneered the roll out of a programme of free healthy school meals to all primary school children in 2011. 

Southwark is highly diverse, in some ways a product of its history and a reflection of the ability to welcome new communities alongside existing residents. Over 120 languages are spoken in local schools, and 75 per cent of reception-age children are from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. Over 4 in 5 residents believe this is a place where people of all races live in harmony. 

The borough has a vibrant mix of culture, leisure and arts facilities on its doorstep.  Historically, Southwark was the centre for entertainment and arts for the city evident by Shakespeare’s Globe.

The borough is home to Tate Modern, Dulwich Picture Gallery and looking to the future the borough will soon welcome London’s newest international theatre at One Tower Bridge when the London Theatre Company opens its door to the public

Southwark is a very modern place.  Regeneration and development abound with some of Europe’s most exciting and complex schemes such as Elephant and Castle, Aylesbury, Canada Water and London Bridge Quarter, home of the Shard, being delivered in the borough bringing thousands of new homes and jobs.  The extension of the Bakerloo line is planned to come right through the borough improving transport links and again creating more jobs for local residents

Their Values

  • Treating residents as if they were a valued member of our own family.
  • Being open, honest and accountable.
  • Spending money as if it were from our own pocket.
  • Working for everyone to realise their own potential.
  • Making Southwark a place to be proud of.

Your New Role

Southwark has invested heavily in their Engineering and Compliance Division and is now seeking to recruit a Fire Safety Manager. Southwark is seeking an exceptional candidate who will set their sights high.  The Council want to recruit the best for Southwark and is seeking someone with a broad range of fire safety knowledge and experience, (both technical and regulatory), a manager with drive and passion - someone who wants to make a difference.

This is a high profile and business critical role that will ensure the Council provides a safe and compliant housing stock for residents. You’ll develop their strategy, policies and procedures and provide advice on legislation and operational excellence. You’ll also ensure inspection targets are being achieved and Fire Risk Assessments are suitable and sufficient, by managing two direct reports and a wider team of 16 x Fire Safety professionals.

As the Council’s lead advisor on all fire safety matters, you’ll act as their ‘duty holder’ and take ownership of the monitoring of works to ensure compliance with Fire Safety legislation and all other relevant regulations. In addition to your extensive experience within the Fire Safety industry, you’ll be a natural leader who can demonstrate the gravitas and credibility to advise stakeholders and liaise with external partners such as the Fire Brigade and the HSE.

Key Duties:

  • Lead on all fire safety matters within their housing stock, responsible for leading on strategic policy and procedures
  • Lead on delivery FRA investment schemes to an annual value of £10m
  • Procure and manage specialist consultancies for fire safety works as necessary ensuring tight financial control
  • Represent the council at court in relation to technical fire issues if required
  • Ensure contractor compliance with Fire Safety legislation and protocols on all sites where works relating to fire safety are being undertaken
  • Prepare, evaluate and implement fire emergency strategy for a wide range of building designs working with London Fire Brigade
  • Contribute to the strategic planning of the fire safety services
  • Responsibility for fire safety training across the council
  • Manage compliance with fire safety practices within the department

What you will need to succeed

The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of current relevant building contracts, building standards, housing legislation and social issues impacting on service. You will be qualified to CFPA Europe Diploma in Fire Prevention or be a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and have excellent knowledge of building construction and the materials used within the industry as well as of BS 9999, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 & PAS 79.

You will have vast experience in the fire safety industry including undertaking fire risk assessments and preparing action plans for senior management along with extensive experience liaising with the Fire Brigade and experience in managing technical inspectors and preparing performance plans for staff. You will need experience of carrying out complex pre, intermediate and post site surveys/inspections relating to the construction, maintenance, repair, service and installation of the fire safety devices, fire escape design, fire protection and equipment applicable to both domestic and commercial buildings.

It is essential you have prior experience of managing a team and be able to lead and motivate a multi functional team, being able to instigate change in a complex technical environment.

What you’ll get in return

  • Total package upto £70k per annum
  • Car allowance available
  • Full time, Permanent Employment Contract
  • 28 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Southwark offers membership of its pension scheme, which is in line with the national Local Government Pension Scheme (a career average scheme).
  • Working hours and flexible working arrangements available
  • Basic working hours for this role are 36 per week.

Equal Opportunities

Southwark Council is committed to a policy of equality and diversity for all staff regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor.

Key Application Dates

  • Closing date of Monday 20th August 2018
  • Interviews will take place early September 2018

For an informal, confidential discussion about the role, please call our Retained Recruitment Partners Nicole Smith or Caroline Binns at Hays Specialist Recruitment on 0207 259 8724. All third party applications will be redirected to Hays Specialist Recruitment.

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