Building Safety Programme

National Fire Chiefs Council – Building Safety Team: Expressions of interest 

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

On June 14th 2017 a devastating fire led to the loss of 72 lives and many more injured. The fire at Grenfell Tower, South West London was an unprecedented event and since that day NFCC have been working closely with HM Government and many other partners to ensure it should never happen again. NFCC have been tireless, working with other stakeholders to ensure that those issues that are identified are corrected, and that moving forward the public can be reassured about improvements to fire safety in all premises.

An application for additional Government funding has been made to enable NFCC to establish a dedicated team to assist with further policy development and implementation of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent review of Building Regulations and Fire safety and the eventual recommendations of the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

The team would initially be established through to April 2020, but the work may well continue beyond that date. Please note the team structure is notional. 

The team lead by the NFCC’s Protection and Business Safety Committee Vice Chair, Nick Coombe, will be the single point of NFCC reference for all MHCLG, Home Office, fire and rescue services and external stakeholders for post-Grenfell and Hackitt fire safety related recommendations. 

This work will include contributing to and supporting development of:
  • The new regulatory framework for High Risk Residential Buildings
  • The new Joint Competent Authority
  • MHCLG Ministerial Task Force
  • Technical review of building regulations
  • Supporting the review of sector competency
  • Work on producing new fire safety guidance and reviewing existing guidance
  • Shaping policy and procedures for fire and rescue services
  • Providing technical expertise to both internal and external stakeholders

NFCC is calling for expressions of interest to fill a number of roles as listed below.

Final placement in these roles will be dependent on confirmation of funding from central Government partners. We would like to receive any expressions of interest by COP on Friday 9 November 2018 so we can establish the team at the earliest opportunity.

We would ask you to please ensure that you have the support of your manager and Service before sending your EOI.

If you would like to register your interest, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter or email outlining how your skills and experience meet the criteria for the role.

Please send EOIs to nicholas.coombe@london-fire.gov.uk and copy to penny.pender@nationalfirechiefs.org.uk or feel free to contact us for further information.

 Technical Lead (GM or green book equivalent) x1

This role requires a competent fire safety officer with extensive experience in application of the Fire Safety Order and applying the functional requirements of Building Regulations. You will have experience of working on major projects and submitting detailed technical reports. NFCC would welcome applications with a fire engineering degree. You will be responsible for managing a small team of technical officers therefore experience of managing a fire safety team is preferable.

 Technical Support Officers (SM or green book equivalent) x 3

These roles require a competent fire safety officer with extensive experience in application of the Fire Safety Order and applying the functional requirements of Building Regulations. You will have experience of working on major projects and submitting detailed technical reports. NFCC would welcome applications with a fire engineering degree, although this is not essential.

 Policy Officers (SM or green book equivalent, or Analyst level) x 2

This role requires a competent policy advisor/analyst, ideally with experience working in a policy role in a public-sector setting. Reporting to the Policy Lead, you may be assigned to lead on discreet pieces of policy advice, working closely with fire safety experts to translate technical advice into policy recommendations and national positions. The post requires a self-motivated individual who can plan, organise and be adaptive. You will:

  • be able to gather and analyse complex information from a variety of sources, drawing out relevant points and communicating them succinctly.
  • be able to work as part of a small team and deliver under pressure.
  • have political awareness, with the ability to exercise discretion, judgment and confidentiality when dealing with elected members and officers at every level, and to demonstrate political neutrality at all times.
  • have a degree level qualification, or relevant work experience.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge and or/experience of the UK emergency services.
Coordination and Communications Officer (WM or green book equivalent) x1

This role requires an effective and organised communicator to support a small team of technical and policy officers. Your day to day duties could involve:

  • Helping to co-ordinate meetings and events, and other administrative support
  • Communicating the activities of the group, through a range of internal and external channels (such as draft press releases, internal communications to wider fire and rescue services, or presentations that can be delivered by senior team members)
  • Assisting with drafting and presentation of national position statements
  • Ensuring the outputs and work of the team is centrally stored and communicated
  • Working closely with the NFCC Communications team

You will ideally have previous experience in a public-sector role, either in policy or communications, or relevant work experience.

Business Intelligence Analyst (WM or green book equivalent) x1

An opportunity has arisen with the National Fire Chiefs Council function coordinating information across UK fire and rescue services regarding potentially unsafe buildings following the Grenfell Tower Incident. This chiefly relates to buildings with unsafe ACM cladding, but may also extend to other layers of fire protection as they arise.

This role will be based in the London Fire Brigade Headquarters, where you will work closely with both the Data Analytics and Insight team, and the Fire Safety team. In addition, you will be building strong relationships with fire and rescue services across the UK, and will work closely with the Co-ordination Cell based in the West Midlands Fire Service. This will require occasional meetings in Birmingham.

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Lead on the update and maintenance of data to ensure data quality standards are met, and that data is held, queried and reported on in a consistent manner.
  • Maintain and update the teams’ data that is sourced from other stakeholders (for example the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)
  • Full competence in joining and matching of data so that maximum knowledge can be gained from otherwise limited data
  • Check own work and work of a small team to ensure accuracy, and work with colleagues to improve data quality
  • Provide regular reports on trends and issues to the technical and policy leads, and the Chair of the NFCC and Chair of the NFCC’s Protection and Business Safety Committee, and write reports based on findings from analysis in ways that are easily understood to non-statistically trained staff or external stakeholders.
 Skills and Experience:
  • Excellent skills in MS Office suite of products, particularly Excel (Pivot charts, complex formatting, Pivot Tables, VLOOKUPs, SQL data connections)
  • Experience of using and maintaining business intelligence tools, for example experience using SQL to query large datasets and create reports that summarise and assist in the explanation and consumption of data. Proficiency of SQL and SSRS (or similar analytical tools) to a level expected having completed relevant training courses.
  • Experience of managing statistical and performance information in a large organisation or knowledge of the use and interpretation of statistics to a professional standard
  • Interpersonal skills to be able to manage senior stakeholder relationships, to communicate ideas and convey complex analysis to non-statisticians, and to work collaboratively with colleagues who are based remotely
  • Good numerical skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workloads and deliver work and projects in a busy environment

 

General information about all roles

The roles will be largely London-based, working from London Fire Brigade HQ and/or MHCLG offices at Marsham Street. However successful applicants will be able to work flexibly away from London to suit personal circumstances, albeit a reasonable amount of time will need to be London based which is where most meetings will be held.

The exception is the Business Intelligence Analyst, which is to be hosted at LFB HQ and will require the successful candidate to work there most of the time.

The positions are initially for 18 months through to April 2020, subject to funding provision. These are full time posts but NFCC will consider flexible working options or a role share for a strong candidate. Applications are welcomed for temporary promotion into these roles.

The roles are subject to a funding stream that is being established with MHCLG and Home Office. Where applicants are from existing FRS roles then any application will need the support of your CFO.

The roles provide a fantastic development opportunity, and a once in a career opportunity to re-shape the fire safety system with NFCC and partner organisations.

The work of the team will be supported by the NFCC Central Programme Office based at London Fire Brigade HQ.

We hope to meet travel and reasonable expenses, to be discussed subject to any final funding agreement with MHCLG and the Home Office, and the circumstances of successful applicants.