Regulatory Services Officer – New Selective Licensing Scheme
£38,890 - £44,863
Your new organisation
Southend on Sea Borough Council is a Unitary local authority, providing vital services to meet the needs of the local community. We employ around 1,800 staff who are working alongside our partners and local communities to deliver the Southend 2050 ambition and make lives better for the people of Southend.
Working for Southend on Sea Borough Council offers a challenging and rewarding career in local government within a collaborative and innovate environment, with the benefit of flexible working practices to support a positive work life balance. As a Unitary Authority we are responsible for all local government functions ranging from social services, transport, public health and parks through to planning, trading standards, community safety and education, so we offer a wide range of career opportunities. The diversity of our economy and communities and investment in a number of exciting regeneration projects makes our Council a great place to work, learn and make a difference.
Your new role
The Council is implementing a new Selective Licensing Scheme and have a rare opportunity for one permanent full time Regulatory Services Officer to assist in the set-up of this new service. The new team once recruitment has been completed will deliver the selective licensing scheme in a number of wards across the Borough. The post is a permanent full-time role; the team will offer flexible working patterns, a friendly and enthusiastic team environment, and a varied work portfolio. As a Regulatory Services Officer within the Selective Licensing Team, you will act as a source of advice and guidance in relation to licensing and regulation of the private sector housing stock in the selective licensing area. You will attend formal hearings of the Council as well as prosecution and appeal hearings before the Courts or Tribunal as required. You will lead on specific functions and operations related to Housing enforcement; however, you may also be asked to assist across the full range of Regulatory Services and related matters. The role will also require you to operate and record work carried out on departmental systems, contribute to developing and maintaining effective relationships with partners and other external bodies and support the development of a policy framework and enforcement protocols for activities within Regulatory Services.
As a Regulatory Services Officer you will lead on complex housing disrepair issues and complex cases as well as visiting premises within the Borough as required. This will involve a range of complex inspection and enforcement activities, which may require working evenings and weekends when necessary. As well as managing your own caseload, you will also be responsible for supervising the work of other staff members where necessary.
For an informal chat about the role and/or to request a copy of the full job description, please contact Uzo Nebechi on 01702352452.
What you'll need to succeed
To be successful in this position, you need to have a professional qualification in Environmental Health, be a registered member of a relevant professional body and be able to evidence your CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
A solid knowledge of Housing legislation, investigation procedures and national, regional and local policies is a must. Experience of developing and delivering services within a policy framework is also essential. The successful candidate will have previous experience in working within a private sector housing team and have the necessary relevant practical and technical knowledge and skills. Candidates will also be considered if they are in the earlier stages of their career and are still working towards their professional qualification, with a view to becoming a fully qualified Regulatory Services Officer, but this will be considered on individual basis.
Certificate in HHSRS assessment is essential for this role.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) would be advantageous. As part of your benefits package, the council will cover the cost of professional membership subscription.
What you'll get in return
If you join the Council, you will enjoy a range of benefits including flexible working (with a blended approach to office and home working), salary sacrifice schemes, 24 days holiday (excluding bank holidays) and excellent training and development opportunities. A full list of benefits provided by Southend-On-Sea Borough Council can be found on the Jobs at the council web page under the "Why Work for us Tab".
What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV.
Please note: Applications for this vacancy may close prior to the date advertised above so you are advised to apply as soon as you are able to
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants for this role will require an enhanced DBS check.