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Compliance Specialist – Housing Directorate

Job Ref No: CPHD
Location: Taunton
Salary: Grade H £35,934 - £37,849
37 hours per week

Closing date for application forms: 8 June 2020 5.00pm

Interviews: Week commencing 15 June

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.

A 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. 

As a result of this ambition, we are looking for highly skilled property services professionals with a proven background in delivering safety compliance.  Key areas include mechanical and electrical cyclical maintenance programmes, lift servicing, gas safety checks, asbestos management, fire safety, and water safety (legionella).

The successful candidates 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.  You will need to be an excellent communicator, with the confidence to deliver reports to the Council’s Elected Members and senior management, as well as engaging with tenants and leaseholders. These are key roles 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.

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
  • Relevant qualifications and membership of a relevant professional body
  • 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 H&S 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 quoting the job reference number.

We do not accept CVs