Assurance Manager – Fire Safety

London (Greater) (GB)
£46,292 to £54,534 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 14 February 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Assurance Manager – Fire Safety

Job ID: 013584

Salary: £46,292 to £54,534 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Posted: 20-Jan-2021

Closing date: 14-Feb-2021

Business unit: Estates & Facilities

Department: Operations Guys

Contact details: Jon Stuart,

Guy's Campus   Professional and support services    

Job description
This role is principally involved with fire safety management delivery, discharging the university's legal duties and providing evidence of compliance in accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The role will support the Head of Fire Assurance in providing planned and reactive fire safety management and support by the way of advising, auditing and coaching key services across the Directorate of Estates & Facilities. This includes but is not limited to projects, capital development and maintenance services, ensuring that the university is safe and complies with relevant legislation.

Candidates will have experience and documented capability of operational fire safety management across a multi-site organisation and bring with them practical and management experience.

The successful candidate is expected to be a strong team player and be able to build beneficial working relationships. They will be passionate about service delivery and be committed to the organisation's vision and values with the ability to inspire, motivate and empower those around them.

This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.

Key responsibilities

  • To support the Head of Fire Assurance to ensure the Directorate of Estates & Facilities complies with all of it duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 through operational implementation of the University's Fire Safety Management System.
  • Working under the leadership of the Head of Fire Assurance, the role is responsible for the provision of Fire Risk Assessments across all buildings / spaces occupied by King's College London.
  • Ensure fire risk assessments are kept up to date by conducting reviews at the frequency determined by the university fire safety standards.
  • Track monitor and review action plans stemming from fire risk assessments, inspections undertaken by the enforcement authorities and / or audits on fire safety management systems and arrangement and provide regular progress reports to the Head of Fire Assurance.
  • Support Assurance Support Manager in delivery of fire safety training, providing training when required.
  • Provide post project fire safety completion inspections as part of project handover acceptance checks prior to occupation.
  • Monitor fire alarm activations, investigate and review trends to recommend preventative measures to reduce activations year on year.
  • Record information and provide support on investigations in the event of a fire and or incident which has the potential to cause a fire.
  • Support Head of Fire Assurance to liaise with Enforcing Authorities, providing technical support and guidance where necessary, liaising with Health & Safety Services
  • Implementing, reviewing and monitoring fire safety standards and performance in accordance with university's Fire Risk Management System, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order and British Standards where applicable.
  • Record and provide visibility of fire safety compliance across the university through innovative analytics tools, enabling real time trend analysis and recommendations to Senior Management.
  • Work in collaboration with Health and Safety Services when required.
  • Providing expert technical advice on the application and interpretation of fire safety guidance to the university in line with the Fire Risk Management System.
  • Providing regular reports on fire safety performance and undertaking assurance activities across the estate to assess compliance.
  • Ensure Premises Information Box (PIB) documentation pack-ups are provided for all KCL buildings / occupied spaces.
  • Develop and implementation of building fire strategies for each of the university premises where information is not available, ensuring key fire safety information is documented.
  • Day to day support including out of hours availability in emergencies.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience
Essential criteria

  • Higher education to undergraduate degree level, equivalent relevant experience
  • Holder of a fire safety qualification (Diploma or equivalent)
  • Full or Associate membership of a fire industry professional body (IFE or equivalent) 
  • Membership to an industry recognised Fire Risk Assessment register or working towards accreditation. 
  • Practical application of fire prevention theory, and highly developed specialist detailed knowledge of building fire design and construction.
  • Significant in-depth experience of fire safety management gained undertaking complex risk assessments /working in a large complex multi-site organization.
  • Have the required combination of training, skills and experience to be competent in conducting Fire Risk Assessments.
  • Demonstrable experience in problem solving in order to assist in developing robust evacuation plans and fire strategies within the workplace.
  • Sound knowledge of fire safety legislation and current guidance.
  • Proven excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills at all levels 

Desirable criteria

  • Previous experience of working in the higher education / health care sector

Further information
Candidates are strongly encouraged to specifically address the essential criteria in a covering letter as part of the application.