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Strategic Lead – Building Control and Regulation

Employer
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Location
Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB
Salary
£58,026 - £64,619 Per Annum
Closing date
14 Jul 2024
Reference
SOL/TP/943/508

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Building control
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

The Role

We have an exceptional opportunity for a senior manager to join our Building Control service to oversee the Councils work under the Building Safety Act and day-to-day Building Control functions.

This exciting and challenging role has been created to take the operational lead and have overall management responsibility for the Councils statutory and regulatory Building Control functions including fee earning and non-fee earning operations.  You will lead a high performing and award-winning team of staff and work closely with the Councils Planning service; our Housing ALMO - Solihull Community Housing; and project delivery teams. 

As the Strategic Lead, this will provide you with an excellent opportunity to grow the team’s portfolio of work – building experience and opportunity for continued professional development – something that will be integral in an evolving Building Control arena. This will include links through the BSR and growing our already excellent local portfolio of commercial partners and customers.

Why Solihull?

In Solihull, we help make big things happen – like the High-Speed Rail network, M42 Junction 5a, our housing growth programme aligned with the Local Plan and bringing forward exciting commercial and residential developments including Birmingham Airport, the N.E.C., Jaguar Land Rover and Arden Cross developments to name but a few.

We also pride ourselves on being a Council that is small enough to care, but big enough to make a difference. To help achieve this we work closely with our public sector partners, businesses, the voluntary sector and communities to improve the lives of the people we serve.

Key Requirements

To meet the challenge and be successful in the role you will have:

  • Registered as a Class 3 Specialist Building Inspector; or working towards achieving registration as a Class 3 Specialist Building Inspector by 6th November 2024. Registration at level 4 Technical Manager role is also considered desirable.
  • A Degree Qualification in a relevant Built Environment or associated technical discipline and Chartered Membership of a relevant professional body.
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of working within a Local Authority Building Control service, and of leading professional people whilst fostering an environment of continued professional development.
  • Extensive experience of delivering high quality customer service including the ability to establish and develop positive relationships with stakeholders and customers – helping to sustain and generate business.
  • Financial management and contract procurement experience.
  • Ability to support the management of the service area and the development of longer-term strategies.
  • A valid driving licence and access to a vehicle, to enable you to move around sites in the Borough where much of the team’s work is delivered.  

 The Offer 

In return we offer you the opportunity to develop your experience and expertise, ideas and skills within a friendly, welcoming and dynamic environment, alongside a team of passionate, experienced and skilled professionals.

As an employee of Solihull Council, you will also benefit from a competitive salary, attractive staff benefits, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme and a range of flexible working options.  This will include benefitting from the implementation of our new Smarter Ways of Working, reflecting that work is what you do and not necessarily where you go to do it.  Whilst your office location will be at the Council House you will be able to work from other locations around the borough and from home, as appropriate.

Additional information

Please submit your CV and a supporting statement that explains how you meet the requirements of the Job Description and Person Specification by following the apply link. If you have any questions regarding the role or would like to chat further about your suitability for it, please contact Mark Andrews – Head of Service for Planning, Design and Engagement, for an informal discussion on 0121 704 6638 or email mark.andrews@solihull.gov.uk 

Closing date for applications 14th July 2024

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to undertake psychometric tests as part of the selection process.   Successful applicants will then be invited to interview on Thursday 1st August 2024 (however we may be able to offer flexibility for suitable candidates in recognition of the holiday period)


The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is required.

This post requires a Disclosure and Barring check.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull

Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/945449/rehabilitation-of-offenders-guidance.pdf

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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Telephone
0121 704 6000
Location
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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