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Primary Authority Lead

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/20075/27055
  • Published: Wed 21/09/2022, 9:40 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 03/10/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £41,127 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Reigate

The salary range for this role is £41,127 - £45,519 per annum, for working 36 hours per week.

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 (SFRS) 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 of both uniformed personnel and support staff, they all share one vision: With you, making Surrey safer. More information about our Service can be found by visiting our website and our various social media channels.

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.

Your role would include:

  • Providing services to existing and new partners under the Primary Authority Scheme
  • Reviewing partners fire safety policies and processes and provide feedback
  • Working closely with regulatory and business partners, providing advice and general information, as well as resolving any problems that might impact the businesses
  • Explore the development of inspection plans
  • Updating and maintaining information on the Primary Authority Register
  • Assisting colleagues across the UK in answering queries relating to our Primary Authority Partners, offering proactive and reactive advice.
  • Taking the lead on agreements to ensure that the obligations falling on SFRS are fulfilled, liaising with the Office for Product Safety and Standards
  • Ensuring that all obligations under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act, in line with the area of Primary Authority Agreements, are met
  • Offering support to Primary Authority businesses to develop processes, procedures and systems to meet regulatory requirements
  •  Developing inspection plans under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act
  • Publish information to the wider enforcement community, taking the lead in the planning, implementation and reviews of Primary Authority arrangements
  • Support the development of Primary Authority services offered by SFRS, developing both new and existing relationships/partnerships
  • 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.

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

About you:

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

Individuals will need to demonstrate they are forward-thinking, can promote a positive and inclusive team environment, enable others to maximise their full potential, be flexible and adaptable, and respond to the strategic objectives of the organisation. Also, you will be able to remain calm in high pressure situations, as well as making confident decisions. You will also require excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to plan, manage and prioritise workloads.

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.

A current full driving licence is essential, and a car user scheme is available as part of this post for work related journeys.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Job Details

The job advert closes at 23:59 on the 2nd October 2022.

Shortlisting will take place from the 3rd October 2022.

Interviews to be held W/C 10th October 2022

Interviews will take place with Department Managers face to face or via Microsoft Teams.

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

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Rob Jenks, Group Commander, by e-mail at Robert.Jenks@surreycc.gov.uk

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/20075/27055
  • Published: Wed 21/09/2022, 9:40 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 03/10/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £41,127 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Reigate

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