Specialist Technical Advisor - Building Remediation Division

Employer
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Location
London, Wolverhampton
Salary
£39,598 (London) or £36,337 (National).
Closing date
5 Dec 2021

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Salary Band
£35,000 - £44,999
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Job Function
Architectural Technician, Building Control

Specialist Technical Advisor - Building Remediation Division

Summary

Are you enthusiastic, resilient, a good team player and motivated to make a difference to public policy and delivery? If so, come join our fast-paced programme where you will grow your experience dealing with complex, challenging policy and delivery.

In response to the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) established the Building Safety Programme (BSP) to make sure buildings are safe – and people feel safe – now and in the future.

The Building Remediation Division is key to this by addressing safety concerns on occupied high-rise buildings. Government has made over £5bn of funding available to building owners to enable them to undertake remediation of unsafe cladding on high rise buildings. Building Remediation Division is responsible for allocation of these funds.

The Building Remediation division is a supportive, collaborative place to work, leading on extremely high profile and fast-paced issues, and dealing with urgent, complex and challenging policy issues, operational requirements and political demands.

Job description

We are recruiting a Senior Executive Officer to help deliver existing allocated funds from the £1billion Building Safety Fund (BSF) and the £3.5 billion additional funding which the government has made available to ensure proper remediation of unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings 18m and above.

The role sits within the Fund Eligibility and Registrations team, which ensures that buildings can register for the funds and can properly access the money available to help them remediate. They also oversee the Appeals process for those buildings who were originally declared ineligible at the registrations stage.

The team are also instrumental in working with our Policy and Briefing team as well as our external technical advisors to ensure eligibility decisions are fair, consistent, and well communicated to Registrants and Delivery Partners.

To support the team in this work, we are looking for a construction industry professional such as a Registered Architect, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Structural Engineer, Fire Engineer or Chartered Architectural Technologist. Applicants with relevant experience in a construction related field such as design or technical management or specification will also be considered.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities for the roles will include some of the following:
  • Working with the team to resolve challenges with remaining applications for the Building Safety Fund and helping to oversee the new application process
  • Providing oversight to the technical aspects of fund operations
  • Carrying out research, drafting advice and briefings and supporting the development of policy papers for senior stakeholders and the Commission on key issues.
  • Work closely with the consultants who are providing technical advice, Project Management Office and building owner support functions to deliver these objectives.
  • Supporting stakeholder and industry engagement on a high-profile and fast-paced programme
  • Using data and evidence to gain a detailed understanding of the wider picture of building safety, emerging trends, and the challenges/barriers.
  • Creating effective working relationships with external stakeholders and working with them to encourage the use of their enforcement powers.
  • Liaising and managing relationships with internal departments to ensure efficiency

Essential
  • Relevant construction industry related qualification, professional registration or applicable experience in a related field
  • Knowledge of typical construction materials and systems used in the cladding of buildings
  • Knowledge of standards and regulations applicable to the cladding of buildings

Desirable
  • Ability to work flexibly and adapt to fluid priorities and tasks in order to ensure that business objectives are delivered
  • Experience of delivering effective results in a pressured, political and fast paced environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and seek out innovative opportunities to deliver effective change.
  • Proven ability to take ownership of own work, monitoring performance and supporting others and the wider team.
  • Ability to gather evidence to support your advice and develop options for new policy areas

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing

Benefits

  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours.
We are for everyone


At DLUHC we value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce. We promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment and a working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation.

We would strongly recommend that applicants get in touch with the vacancy manager to find out more information about this role.


We are for everyone

DLUHC want to bring in and bring on a diverse workforce at all levels.

Our application system is designed to remove as much bias as possible from the recruitment system – this means that a hiring manager does not know your name, your details, see your whole application in one go (or have your CV at review stage unless stated otherwise).

Your answers are randomised and chunked up. This means that each assessor views sets of responses to questions for example all candidates’ responses to ‘Seeing the Big Picture’ rather than seeing a candidate’s full application. The science behind this is that recruitment can be subject to ordering and fatigue effects and we want to reduce this as much as possible.

Most of our campaigns utilise multiple assessors and so it is possible that each of your answers would be viewed by different assessors.

When writing your application, remember:
  • The assessor won’t be reading your answers sequentially.
  • Do not assume that the same assessors will have read all of your answers.
  • If talking about something in your first answer, make sure that you write the second answer as if you had not written the first (and so on!)
At sift, we will be assessing:

Behaviour 1: Making Effective Decisions
Behaviour 2: Communicating and Influencing

Technical (lead criteria): How would you use your skills and expertise to identify and understand the performance of a cladding system present on a building?

Experience: Give an example of your experience working with cladding systems. The example should demonstrate your knowledge of typical construction materials and systems used in the cladding of buildings as well as the standards and regulations which govern their use.

There is a 250 word limit per question.

In the event that we receive a large number of applications, we may conduct an initial sift based on the lead criteria.

The interview will be of a blended nature consisting of behaviour, experience, technical and strength based questions as listed in the advert. The strength based questions will require natural responses from the candidates.

In full the campaign will test the below Success Profile Elements:

Behaviours: Making Effective Decisions, Communicating and Influencing.
Experience: Yes
Technical: Yes
Strength: Yes

We do not consider direct CV applications to our Recruitment mailbox – you must apply for this role via the application link on Civil Service Jobs

Please note that near miss offers may be made at the lower grade to candidates who do not meet the grade criteria for this campaign

BENEFITS:

Transfers across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018:
Any move to DLUHC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

For further information about the benefits available to DLUHC employees, please see the attached Candidate Pack.

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION:
London
Wolverhampton

SIFT AND INTERVIEW DATES:

Sifting is envisaged to take place W/C 29/11/21 with interview dates to be confirmed. All interviews are currently being held remotely via videocall.

RESERVE LIST:

In the event that we identify more appointable candidates than we currently have posts available, we will hold applicant details on a reserve list for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made. This may include roles at a lower grade. Candidates placed on a reserve list will be informed of this. Due to the length of time CTC checks can take, our HR Shared Services team will contact reserve list candidates for London based roles to commence CTC checks. Those candidates who do not wish to remain on the reserve list should contact recruitment@communities.gov.uk to be removed from the reserve list.

CTC (Counter-terrorism Clearance):

Important note
Successful candidates for roles based in our 2 Marsham Street building must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check and the process can take up to 8 weeks to complete.

Please note that successful candidates will need to pass the CTC security checks – this requires you to have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years. Please refer to the DLUHC Notes on Security Clearance section of our Candidate Pack for further information on Counter Terrorism Clearance (CTC). Thank you.

Candidates should also note that with effect from 1st August 2018 the department will also check all applicants who are successful at interview, against the Internal Fraud Database (IFD) held by the Cabinet Office. In accordance with the Civil Service Internal Fraud Policy, any applicant who is included on the IFD will be refused employment by DLUHC. Please see the Candidate Pack for further information on the Internal Fraud Database.

SEO salary

The salary for this role is £39,598 (London) or £36,337 (National).

For existing civil servants, the usual policy on level transfer and promotion will apply and is non-negotiable.

Before starting your application it’s very important to make sure that you are eligible to apply and meet the Civil Service nationality requirements. All candidates are expected to read the information provided in the DLUHC candidate pack regarding nationality requirements and rules

Candidate Pack Information

Please see attached Candidate pack for further information and guidance on:
  • Internal Fraud Database
  • Reserve List
  • Notes on Security Clearance
  • Additional Information on Modernised Terms and Pay
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :   Mark Sykes
Email :   Mark.Sykes@Communities.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :   recruitment@communities.gov.uk

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