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National Fire Chiefs Council: Protection Hub Manager (REF: NFCC/PHM)

Listed 09 March 2020

National Fire Chiefs Council – Protection Hub Manager

  • Expressions of Interest
  • (BM and AM or equivalent)

Do you want to shape and influence the future of fire safety?

The National Fire Chiefs Council are seeking to appoint a senior leader with the experience and energy to lead a pivotal new Protection Hub, to deliver an ambitious and exciting Protection programme. The Protection Hub will present a fantastic new opportunity to significantly increase the support, guidance and development of products to support UK FRS Protection teams.

This will be a pivotal role, with significant scope for influencing the future of fire safety. The successful candidate will be responsible for building and leading a team with a budget of approximately £4m per annum.

This work will contribute to the broader strategic objectives to improve consistency in protection work, including areas of improvement identified nationally by HMICFRS. The outputs of the Protection Hub will support all UK FRS. A substantive element to the role will be managing stakeholder relationships with funding partners in Whitehall, including MHCLG and the Home Office, with a significant aspect of London based engagement.

Reporting to the Chair of the NFCC Protection and Business Safety Committee, the successful candidate will build a centralised protection team to oversee and manage the delivery of the Protection Board’s programme of work, and provide wider Protection support to FRS in the longer term as the new Building Safety regime develops through to full implementation.

This role will oversee and build on the NFCC’s existing Building Safety Programme Team, as well as new secondments to support the activities of the Protection Board. A significant part of this role will be to build the team, managing people, developing plans and products, management of finances, and developing monitoring and reporting mechanisms into new oversight structures.

The successful candidate reporting to the P&BS Committee Chair, will build and deliver a work programme to support all FRS which may include:

  • Guidance and support for FRS towards the Protection Board Building Risk Review exercise – focused on high-rise residential buildings (HRRBs) beginning at 18m (estimated at 11,000 buildings)
  • Co-ordination of Protection-related GTI recommendations
  • Development of a repository for NFCC national protection guidance
  • National operational learning for protection
  • Data tools and support – focused on information gathering for 11,000 HRRBs
  • Legal support to develop Enforcement Guidance and Practice
  • Training and Development for FRS based on new legislation and practice
  • Development of new tools to support RBIP guidance
  • Research and guidance to FRS for Modern Methods of Construction 

NFCC is seeking Expressions of Interest from existing Senior Managers at Brigade Manager or Area Manager level (or equivalent), who are able to demonstrate a successful track record of achievement and the ability to provide strategic leadership at a challenging time for FRS.

The successful candidate will be an effective leader with extensive experience across a range of strategic disciplines but will require significant experience of protection and building safety matters. This role also requires sound knowledge and experience of FRS delivery, risk-based inspection programme management, financial and succession planning, performance and people management, and partnership working.  The individual will need to have the ability to balance conflicting demands, the confidence to innovate and be creative, and the resilience and character to deal with the pressures that come with an executive role. 

This will require highly effective interpersonal skill, with the ability to lead and motivate others, and build positive relationships both within and outside of the organisation across all FRS.  A key part of the role is engagement with senior Government colleagues and Ministers, working together to shape future direction and inform policy development. This requires political awareness and a detailed understanding of community issues.

This work would be informed by and liaise closely with existing work currently being undertaken by NFCC through the Central Programme Office (CPO), including the work of the Community Risk Programme (CRP), and would contribute to addressing recommendations made by HMICFRS in advance of the next Spending Review.

Subject to funding, NFCC is looking for this role to start as soon as possible. Permission should be sought from your CFO before applying.

This is an initial call for EOIs, subject to securing funding. The closing date for applications is 1700 hours on April Tuesday 14th 2020.

For those interested, or who want more information, an informal conversation is welcomed with Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer and P&BS Committee Chair, on 07827 281979

Expressions of interest can be emailed to this link.  

Closing date: 14 April 2020

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