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Salary dependent on experience and qualifications, £41,055–£44,382 per year, plus an upfront £15k recruitment payment and £10k retention payment after two years.

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The Isle of Wight is an inspiring place to live, work and visit – and the Council has an ambitious regeneration programme and growth agenda.

The Council is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and solutions-focussed individual to lead its busy Building Control service, which is the go-to service of choice for the construction industry on the island with an approximate 95% market share.

With significant opportunities around commercialisation and digitisation moving forward, the introduction of a 'grow your own' approach to recruitment and the implementation of the Hackitt Report, we believe this is an exciting time to lead a dedicated and professional team.
 
We also offer a range of staff benefits, including a generous annual leave entitlement, an excellent pension scheme and flexible working, in addition you will be able to enjoy your leisure time within one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

In addition to our attractive remuneration package, relocation support of up to £8,000 (which is not liable for tax or national insurance deductions) may also be available to you if you would be moving to the Isle of Wight to take up this role. Alternatively, if you decide to commute to the Isle of Wight daily, you may get your travel costs reimbursed.

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the island here.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. This Council and its schools recruit according to the Council's Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the Council.

Responsibilities
  • Develop, implement and monitor the aims, objectives and strategies for the service and review these regularly in light of changes in national policy/regulations and council priorities and strategies.
  • Plan, organise, direct, control and motivate the Building Control team, including organising suitable training for staff to ensure a high quality, efficient and effective service is maintained and to future-proof the service by introducing a programme of 'growing your own' for staff recruitment.
  • Manage stakeholder engagement for the service.
  • Oversee and, when necessary, undertake the inspection of building work in progress and take appropriate enforcement action as required.
  • Oversee and, when necessary, undertake the verification and examination of building control applications and determine such applications under delegated powers within statutory time scales.
  • Develop and implement a charging regime for the Building Control service to ensure the service remains commercially competitive and recovers the cost of providing the fee earning service and exercise operational control over the Building Control budget.
  • Effectively market the Building Control service and provide an efficient and effective customer focused service in order to maintain a substantial market share of building control work.
  • Take appropriate action in respect of work contravening Building Regulations.
  • Inspect dangerous structures on a 24-hour basis and take appropriate immediate action as necessary to remove the danger.
  • Prepare and present legal evidence as necessary in respect of enforcement of building control legislation or as an expert witness for other services.
  • Provide expert technical advice to other services and external bodies/individuals and liaise with other council departments.
  • Provide geotechnical advice to development management colleagues, liaise directly with engineers and attend Planning committee/appeal hearings as necessary in this respect.
  • To be a core member of the Safety Advisory Group and provide expert advice and recommendations regarding the stability of temporary structures.
  • Procure and manage contracts for building control roles that are outsourced.
  • Represent the authority at regional/national building control meetings/forums etc.
  • Deputise for the Strategic Manager as required.
Essential qualifications/skills
Extensive experience and expert knowledge in all aspects of building control, including legislation, technical ability and developing relationships/policies/procedures with public and private sector bodies.
Clear and demonstrable experience of management and development of staff.
Experience of financial management, a clear understanding of applicable financial regulations and proven ability of developing and implementing and monitoring a charging regime.
Experience of contract procurement and management for outsourced work (e.g. structural engineers).
Experience of writing reports/providing witness statements and acting as witness/expert witness in court.
Ability to promote and deliver an efficient and customer focussed service and to negotiate, influence and persuade others in complex matters and often in stressful circumstances, such as when dealing with dangerous structures.
Expert and detailed knowledge of all aspects of building control together with wide reaching relevant knowledge of other areas of the authority, such as Planning, Housing, Fire Service, Licensing and external influences such as Health and Safety Exec.
Awareness of current topics and implications for the service and to be proactive in planning for change.
Manage complex cases/situations requiring a high level of professional expertise, with the ability to assess and evaluate a wide range of information in decision making/problem solving and developing creative solutions.
Clear understanding of the role of stakeholder engagement.
Ability to think strategically and innovatively. Strong leadership and excellent organisational skills essential.
Proven ability to develop, implement and review policies, procedures, processes and standards in line with legislation, best practice or to improve the effectiveness/efficiency of the service.
Demonstrable experience of involvement in innovative, progressive and transformational methods of working.
Excellent long, medium and short-term planning required and excellent organisational skills essential in order to manage a complex and wide-ranging workload, where priorities can change at very short notice.
Good computer literacy in standard Microsoft applications and specialist building control packages together with a good understanding of how technology can bring about improvements/efficiency to the service.
Degree level or equivalent in building surveying.
Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the ability to work towards this.
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