Deputy District Surveyor

Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£60,000 - £63,900 per annum
26 Nov 2020
10 Jan 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

About Us:

Celebrating and preserving the unique cultural and environmental character of the borough is a major focus of this department, which includes Planning and Borough Development, Transport and Highways, Libraries, Environmental Health, Community Safety and Cleaner, Greener and Cultural Services.

Kensington and Chelsea is one of London’s most vibrant and densely populated boroughs, with a multitude of beautiful buildings, museums and parks.  The planning team ensure any new building projects are undertaken with consideration to our residents, as well as our skyline.

If you are passionate about the environment, and the support services required to keep it safe, clean and green, take a look at our vacancies and join our dedicated team.

The Role:

Joining our Building Control Service in this senior position, you will be responsible for the supervision of up to six Building Control Surveyors/Technicians, ensuring that building control applications are managed in accordance with legislation and the Council’s internal policies.

In this role you will work with the Head of Building Control, District Surveyor and other members of the Service Leadership Team in ensuring that the service is able to successfully meet the challenges of the new Building Safety Regime.

In this role you will also serve as Project Surveyor on a range of building control applications, including the Council’s New Homes Programme; as well as serve as a Dangerous Structure Engineer (DSE) joining the Council’s 24hr/365d Dangerous Structure Service.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

About You:

You will be a full chartered member of a relevant professional body (e.g. RICS, CABE, CIOB, IStructE, ICE, IFE) with the knowledge, skills and experience to be assessed as a Level 6 Surveyor under the LABC Competency Matrix able to deal with complex and high risk building control applications.

You’ll have excellent communication and negotiation skills, with a high level of organisational and political awareness.

As part of the interview process you will be assessed on how you embody the Council’s core values and behaviours.

Role Requirements:

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), lead the building control service, ensuring it operates in accordance with all legislative requirements and the Council’s policies and procedures.

Deputise for the Borough District Surveyor, in the execution of delegated powers as set out by the Council’s Constitution.

Manage a team of building control surveyors and technicians in delivering the statutory building control service in accordance with the requirements of legislation and the Council’s policies and procedures. 

Enforce compliance of the building regulations including issuing enforcement notices; undertaking court appearances and preparing witness statements.

Represent the service at all levels within and external to the Council and develop excellent professional relationships with partner organisations such as the Building Safety Regulator and Fire and Rescue Service(s).

Undertake the role of Project Surveyor on assigned building control applications, ensuring that applications are managed in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements as well as the Council’s policies and procedures.

Act as Dangerous Structure Engineer (DSE) for the Council, attending dangerous structure call outs (including out of hours), liaising with the emergency services and other relevant authorities in safeguarding public safety.

Respond to complaints and FOI requests relating to the Building Control Service. 

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Please apply online and specify on your application how you meet the skills, knowledge and qualities specified in the job description and person specification.

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

Additional information

RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.