Full time
Salary
Band L - Up to £51,515 pa

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11:59 pm
Interview
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About

Would you like to work for an organisation whose values include respect, passion, integrity, innovation and pride? Would you like to live in a conurbation renowned for its natural beauty? With long stretches of golden sand and stunning gardens, we have an international reputation, attracting millions of visitors each year. With over 15 miles of beautiful, world-renowned coastline, the area has excellent transport links, with rail and road connections nationally and to London as well as international flights from Bournemouth Airport. There really is something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant community.

BCP Council has recently formed as one of the country’s newest and largest unitary authorities and you will have the opportunity to be part of an ambitious and supportive team, work in a fantastic environment and deliver dynamic services to our  stakeholders.

You will be aware of the challenges, as well as the exciting opportunities facing the profession, including those arising from the Building Safety Act 2022. Furthermore, these changes mean that your status as a Building Control professional has never been so important, and you must be willing to respond to these challenges to the best of your abilities. 

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Building Control Service, in a newly formed local authority where transformation, digital technology and agile ways of working are at the heart of what we do.

As part of BCP Council’s Building Control team, you will be in a supportive environment that will enable you to undertake training, demonstrate your competence and obtain validation as a Registered Building Inspector, whilst undertaking a full range of Building Control duties.

We are looking for enthusiastic, flexible and passionate people, who want to make a difference for their community. If you think you are up for the challenge and want to take advantage of this opportunity, please complete the application form on our website and provide a supporting statement giving examples of how you meet the criteria, stating which position you are applying for and explaining what you can bring to the role.

What you will get in return: 

  • Flexible, tailored and accommodating hybrid working arrangements to suit a wide variety of applicants
  • Access to newly refurbished office hub location in the heart of Bournemouth town centre
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Wellbeing, Employee support and Counselling services
  • Supportive and collaborative working environment in which to develop your career, grow your knowledge and validate your competence
Responsibilities
  • Lead a Building Control team, acting as senior professional advisor to the team on all Building Control matters, to deliver a professional Building Control service for BCP. 
  • Allocate, monitor and review Building Control casework, to ensure an efficient workload across the team and to make sure that the decisions and recommendations made are accurate and in line with regulatory standards and best practice. 
  • Provide authoritative Building Control advice and advanced observations on construction, design and safety issues for complex projects at the pre-application stage, to reduce the risk of non-compliance or approval delays in the most complex cases. 
  • Examine and assess complex or complicated applications (using information such as submitted construction plans, drawings and specifications), against building regulations to decide if applications are compliant with regulations and can proceed to construction. 
  • Inspect and survey buildings and building methods (typically the more complex constructions or those using novel methods/materials) throughout the construction process against regulations concerning safety, accessibility, and sustainability, and provide specialist advice and advanced solutions to any issues identified based on an expert technical knowledge, to ensure that building works are compliant with necessary standards and regulations. 
  • Lead on enforcement activity for unauthorised and non-compliant building works, to ensure that non-compliance can be prosecuted effectively as required. This involves preparing documents and serving enforcement notices in complex cases, as well as supporting more junior officers with undertaking enforcement activity. 
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of processes and procedures relating to Building Control, informed by policies and operational experience of what works and what doesn't, to ensure that building control policies can be applied successfully. 
  • Ensure accurate records of all inspections and associated work carried out by the team are maintained, so that all information is accessible and auditable, and can be used in legal proceedings if required. 
  • Contribute to defining the professional fee rates, and support colleagues to calculate fees so that the service can invoice customers appropriately. 
  • Take the lead in building relationships with new and existing customers, and in marketing the service to support the promotion, growth and reputation of the service. 
  • To comply with all decisions, policies and Financial Regulations of the Council and any relevant statutory requirements, including Equal Opportunities legislation, the Health and Safety at Work Act, CDM Regulations, Freedom of Information and Data Protection Act. 
  • To undertake any other duties as required commensurate with this level of post and deputise for the Building Control Manager, including at Unit Management Team meetings, when required. 
Essential qualifications/skills
Degree or equivalent professional qualifications in a construction related discipline.
Professional membership of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Association of Building Engineers or Chartered Institute of Building.
Registered with the BSR ideally at Class 3 but as a minimum class 2 and working towards class 3.
Significant experience in the construction industry.
Significant experience of Building Control and enforcement activity.
Comprehensive knowledge of Building Regulations and legislation relating to construction.
Ability to plan and manage workload across a team.
Experience of supervising/managing a team.
Advanced knowledge of construction techniques, building materials and industry products and systems.
Must be able to travel, using public or other forms of transport where they are viable, or by holding a valid UK driving licence with access to own or pool car.
Good communication skills
Strong decision-making ability based on sound judgement
Ability to manage a busy and complex workload
High level of IT skills and a sound knowledge of the use of computerised databases within the Building Control environment