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Primary Authority Lead

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/20075/17327
  • Published: Fri 17/06/2022, 12:51 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 04/07/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Reigate

The starting salary for this role is £40,227 per annum for working 36 hours per week.

We are currently looking for a Fire Safety Primary Authority Manager to join us at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.

About us 

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to lead and manage the Primary Authority scheme for the service. 

We are looking for someone to build upon our existing partnerships with national companies and further expand our partnership portfolio with new businesses.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has the responsibility of protecting over one million people who live in the 650 square miles of Surrey. The Service employs just under 700 people across the County in a variety of roles. Comprising both uniformed personnel and support staff, they all share one vision: With you, making Surrey safer. We do this by:

  • Serving the needs of our community
  • Flexibly responding to a constantly changing environment
  • Recognising and embedding diversity in everything we do
  • Solving challenges through intelligence driven collaboration, innovation and improvement

The values below will be crucial in delivering our corporate strategy and are what we draw on to make a difference for Surrey residents. We expect all our staff to embody these values.

  • Fairness and Respect – We embrace diversity and promote a culture of inclusivity
  • Responsibility – We are answerable for our decisions and actions
  • Professionalism – We will always be the best we can be
  • Honesty and integrity – We are truthful and trustworthy

About the role

We are seeking a self-motivated and committed individual who can demonstrate strong leadership skills with the ability to manage change in a fast paced and professional environment.

You will provide Primary Authority services to our existing and new partners under the scheme, in accordance with regulations and approved partnership agreements. You will review the partners’ fire safety policies and processes, in line with relevant safety legislation, providing feedback and highlighting areas for improvement as appropriate.

You will work closely with our regulatory and business partners to develop Primary Authority Advice and general information on existing areas/activities or new business areas, exploring the development of inspection plans where necessary. You will also be responsible for updating and maintaining information on the Primary Authority Register where necessary, including information on new partners.

You will assist Protection colleagues from across the UK in answering queries about our Primary Authority partners, referring information to the business and providing proactive and reactive advice. You will also lead on our partners’ Primary Authority agreements to ensure that the obligations falling on Surrey Fire and Rescue Service under relevant agreements are fulfilled, liaising with the Office for Product Safety and Standards where necessary.

You will ensure that all obligations that fall on Surrey Fire and Rescue Service under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act, in respect of designated Primary Authority agreements, are met, including the need to deal with enforcement notifications and determinations under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008.

You will support Primary Authority businesses to develop processes, procedures and systems to meet regulatory requirements, develop inspection plans under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act, and publish information to the wider enforcement community.

You will lead in the planning, implementation and review of Primary Authority arrangements, including supporting formal reviews when required. You will support the development of Primary Authority services offered by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, including engaging with prospective new partners and developing the partnership when formed to an established partner.

You will be responsible for ensuring that all relevant policies and procedures are followed and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies. You may be required to work outside normal office hours, including weekends, and will be required to travel across the country to support our partners where necessary.

Your role will be to ensure that Surrey Fire and Rescue Service legislative requirements are met under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, deliver protection priorities, and support businesses through Better Regulation. The role will also be key in how the Service and our partners adapt to the changes in legislation brought about by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

About you

The support and development of Fire Safety staff is a priority in Primary Authority. We are seeking to employ someone who is passionate about their own development and the development of others. If you have the drive and aspiration to support the delivery of national priorities, and develop, deliver and shape how Surrey Fire and Rescue Service meets challenges locally and on a national level, we welcome your application.

You will need to be flexible and adaptable, responding to emerging opportunities in line with the strategic objectives of the organisation. Remaining calm in high pressure situations and making confident decisions are essential skills for the role.

You must have achieved a Level 4 Certificate in Fire Safety (or equivalent) and be prepared to work towards / currently working towards a Level 4/5 Diploma. Additional training in Level 5 Diploma in Fire Engineering Design may be given as part of the role’s continual development. Additional specialist qualifications in areas such as fire safety in hospitals and high rise will be considered to meet the needs of the partners and the department.

You will also require excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to plan, manage and prioritise workloads. A current full driving licence is essential, and a car user scheme is available as part of this post for work related journeys.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 3rd July 2022.

Interviews will take place from Tuesday 12th July 2022 face to face or via Microsoft Teams.

This is a 12 month fixed term contract.

A Basic DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) will be required for this role.

For an informal discussion please contact Neil Prime, Station Commander, by e-mail at neil.prime@surreycc.gov.uk.

Apply Now

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/20075/17327
  • Published: Fri 17/06/2022, 12:51 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 04/07/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Reigate

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