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Compliance Manager – Housing Directorate

Job Ref No: CMHD
Location: Taunton
Salary: Grade K £50,421 - £51,914 per annum
37 hours per week

Closing date for application forms: Wednesday 18 December 2019
Interviews: Monday 13 January 2020

Somerset West and Taunton Council own and manage 5700 social rented homes. Our Property function delivers most of our repairs and maintenance investment via our in house workforce to our homes, this include many compliance activities. But we also have an extensive £7.5M capital programme to deliver each year mostly through contract arrangements. Our smaller number of Corporate Property add variety to create an extensive and diverse portfolio.

We are looking to change how we deliver investment to our existing homes, in particular we are going to re-focus our capital investment into a cohesive package of retrofit works to deliver improved thermal performance of our properties and in so doing tackle fuel poverty and support our Councils key climate change priority. We are seeking to move to Carbon neutrality by 2030.

Elsewhere we are undertaking process reviews of our voids and repairs processes to drive further efficiency in our business. Our final key priority in our property function is to mature our Landlord Compliance arrangements. To prepare for this we are making some changes to the structure of our team. Pending these changes we require someone to oversee our current team and investment programmes, and to accelerate the delivery of these priorities.

As a result of this ambition, we are looking for a highly skilled property services professional with a proven background in delivering mechanical and electrical cyclical compliance maintenance programmes, asbestos management and removal and landlord compliance management surveying, including stock condition surveys, fire risk assessments and legionella monitoring and risk management.

The successful candidate will have ideally worked within the social housing sector previously, and will have extensive experience in managing risks associated with maintaining a large property portfolio. This will include, but will not be limited to, fire risk assessments, asbestos, lifts, legionella, gas and electrical safety. You will be an excellent communicator, with the confidence to deliver reports to the Council’s Elected Members, senior management, as well as engaging with tenants and leaseholders.

This is a key role within the Council at a time when compliance is firmly in the spotlight. As such the ability to remain calm under pressure is essential coupled with the capacity to work to tight deadlines efficiently and prioritise your workload. You will be self-motivated with a high level of initiative, you will work well autonomously but also be a good team player.

Reporting to the Interim Head of Housing Property, in addition to the above you will have:

  • Clear written and verbal communication, with an ability to present and report technical information at all levels
  • Knowledge and experience of drafting policy and procedure documents
  • Ability to line manage a team of surveyors undertaking stock condition surveys and compliance audits / HHSRS.
  • Relevant qualifications, including as a minimum NEBOSH NGC or NCC, P405, Fire Safety Management and Fire Risk Assessment qualifications or membership to a professional body related to the role
  • Knowledge and experience of construction health and safety, including relevant legislation and applicable processes
  • Ability to provide technical advice and support when required to the business in relation to all matters of property compliance
  • A collaborative attitude to completing any other works related to the role of Property Compliance and the wider Health and Safety function

Benefits of working with the Council

The Authority offers flexible and agile working, with excellent technology to support this. The council offices provide a pleasant, comfortable and modern working environment and a fleet of pool cars for use on official business. The Council offer a generous annual leave entitlement as well as an option to purchase additional annual leave. Other benefits include the Local Government Pension Scheme, payment of professional subscription if required for the role, an Employee Assistance Programme, access to My Staff Shop which include salary sacrifice schemes, discounts and deals. Employees also are eligible for free use of the gym and swimming pool during off peak times and discounted gym and swimming membership at peak times. A relocation allowance may apply if eligible.

For more information on the post, please contact HR on 0300 304 8000.

How to apply

To apply for this role, download and complete the application form and recruitment monitoring forms in line with the job description.

Completed application forms and recruitment monitoring forms should be emailed to recruitment@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk quoting the job reference number of the role you are applying for.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

Application form and job description

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