Principal Environmental Health Officer
Westminster - London

Vacancy Reference: 001907

Location: Westminster - London

Closing Date: 10/06/2020

Salary: up to £83,000 pa (including London weighting)

Employment Type: Secondment only

Department: Policy - Place, LGA

Hours Per week: 35

Fixed term secondment until 31 March 2021

About us
Fire risks don’t go away because of Covid-19, and the Government is keen to press on with remediating unsafe ACM buildings.   The LGA, (wholly funded by MHCLG), built a team to tackle dangerous cladding on private sector residential tower blocks.  The Joint Inspection Team, (JIT), goes across England assisting boroughs to enforce against uncooperative landlords.  The JIT team has a fire engineer and building control staff, working alongside the EH team to help with making HHSRS assessments.  The team works with the ‘host’ borough to support them take appropriate enforcement action.  We need a new experienced EHO team leader to work within the team, to supervise the 3 EHOs, and support the JIT Team Leader.

The role
The team is based in London, (once social distancing is over), but much of the work will be on site: wherever the high-risk blocks are.  We need the best staff for this crucial work, and we welcome staff from across the country, on the basis that there will be some team meetings and training required in London.  There’ll be blocks to be visited in London too.  All staff will have to be ready to stay, (with colleagues), in a hotel in the city where the given block(s) is.  Inspections and associated over-night stays will be fully risk-assessed, appropriate measures will be in place and any necessary PPE provided.

If you are currently working for a local authority and want to return there at the end of the contract, you will need permission from your employing borough.  It’s a great opportunity to take part in this team at the cutting edge of using HHSRS in enforcement on tower blocks.  Your employers would get back an upskilled team member, and a sum of up to £8k is available to assist in recruiting to each vacancy caused by EH posts seconding to the JIT team.  

The requirements
You will need to be a dynamic, experienced EH manager with:
•    confidence and drive to shape and lead a team of EHOs in potentially adversarial situations
•    experience of dealing with ACM cladding in residential towers
•    an ability to plan a 2-day inspection involving 8 staff, and the massive report that results
•    the ability to win over ‘host’ borough staff (one of the PIs will be their satisfaction level)
•    the ability to deputise on occasions for the JIT Team Leader

If you have any question about this role, please contact Brian Castle at or tel. on 07833 046708

To apply 
Please complete the online form and a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria, in no more than 1000 words.

Closing date:        5pm, Wednesday 10th June
Interview date:     Tuesday 16th June, interviews will be held remotely

As a Disability Confident Leader the LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community 


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