Principal Adviser - Building Control
Westminster - London

Vacancy Reference: 001909

Location: Westminster - London

Closing Date: 27/05/2020

Salary: £79,987 - £89,571 pa (including London weighting)

Employment Type: Fixed term, full-time

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.
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 
We are looking to recruit an experienced Building Control Manager to be our onsite expert on construction, and key witness at Tribunals and Court.  You must be a Qualified Chartered surveyor and passed the LABC/IFE level 6a Fire Safety Competency Exam.

The person we’re looking for will also need to:

•    Have experience of working across disciplines to tackle unsafe buildings,  
•    Thorough understanding of the ways in which developers and/or landlords cut corners to avoid costly, but important safety measures. 
•    A sound knowledge of the principles and practice of health and safety including risks and responsibilities associated with managing operational Building Control activities.
•    Experience of working on high rise, complex projects with combustible cladding, and wall systems
•    Experience of preparing cases for Court and attending Court as a witness, (not necessarily Re: tower blocks).

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 27th May. 
Interview date:     Wednesday 3rd 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.