Principal Adviser - Building Control
Westminster - London

Vacancy Reference: SLOT-003095

Location: Westminster - London

Closing Date: 26/06/2024

Salary: £89,028 per annum (including London Weighting)

Employment Type: Secondment only, Fixed Term, full-time

Department: Improvement Directorate, LGA

Hours Per Week: 35

This is a secondment opportunity up to 31 March 2025

About us

The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities. We work on behalf of our member councils to support, promote and improve local government.  

We are a politically led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils to help them deliver local solutions to national problems.  

We also provide councils with the tools and resources to respond to challenges present and emerging, and support improvement across the sector. 

About the role 

After a successful five years of getting landlords to remediate high rise blocks with unsafe cladding, JIT, the national fire safety Joint Inspection Team, is recruiting.

This is a unique opportunity to be at the cutting edge of making buildings safe, and working with key regulators.

The JIT is a multi disciplinary team currently compromised of a fire engineer, a building controller, Environmental Health professionals (we use Housing Act 2004 legislation to do HHSRS risk assessments of the fire safety in blocks), an intelligence officer, and legal advisors.

Most of the team’s work involves site inspections (up to two days), preparation ahead of the inspection, and follow up work, including drafting reports and helping councils to enforce using Housing Act 2004.  The team also delivers training courses to local authority staff to help them undertake their own enforcement.  The team is based in London, but you will be required to travel across the country to carry out site inspections, and to advise local authorities.  There are opportunities for home working: currently for up to three days a week.  All hotels and travel to site inspections is paid for by the LGA.  The JIT team is funded by Central Government, but is independent in all professional judgements - our clients are local authorities.

About you

We need a building controller with experience of high-rise residential buildings and of the methods sometimes used by developers/ landlords to avoid having appropriate fire safety standards.  You won’t need experience of Housing Act 2004, but you will need to feed into HHSRS risk assessments along with colleagues from different disciplines in the team.  You will need to be able to help train others, and be a good team player.

You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. 

To apply

If you would like to be considered for this role, please complete the online form and include a supporting statement, (maximum 1,000 words), detailing how you meet the criteria for the role before the closing date.

We are shortlisting candidates against the following criteria:

  1. Experience and knowledge of working in building control on high-rise buildings
  2. Knowledge of developments in the fire regulatory system
  3. Your surveyor qualifications
  4. Your ability to work as part of a team, and with staff from other bodies
  5. Your ability to work under pressure
  6. Your commitment to inclusiveness and the highest professional standards of conduct

Closing Date:         5pm, 26 June 2024
Interview Date:      2 July 2024

At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. The LGA are proud to be awarded a “Disability Confident Leader”.  If you are require  an reasonable adjustment, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via 

Our benefits

  • LGA annual leave entitlement is 29 days, rising to 31 days after three years’ service and to 33 days after five years’ service, plus all UK public holidays (pro rata for fixed term and part time contracts).*
  • Flexible & agile working – office-based staff are required to work in the LGA’s London office two days per week as a minimum, subject to business need and this may vary significantly between different roles and from week to week.
  • Future development – face-to-face and virtual courses are scheduled in line with developmental goals
  • The LGA offers 24/7 access to a free, confidential employee assistance programme managed by Health Assured. This service is also available for Dependants.
  • Family friendly policies

For more of LGA’s benefits and working with us, please view our webpage

Our values & behaviours 

    Our Values and Behaviours are there to give us an understanding of who we are as an organisation and who we want to be. They are a framework to help us understand:

    • how we work with each other 
    • how we work with our members and stakeholders
    • our expectations for ourselves and each other 

    Our values are:

    Inclusive - We ensure that our work is inclusive of all voices. 

    Ambitious - We are ambitious for councils and their communities and are committed to striving for excellence in all that we do to support our colleagues, our membership and the sector to deliver the best possible outcomes.

    Collaborative - We bring together the expertise and skills needed, working as one team.


    This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.