Chief Inspector of Buildings (SCS PB2)

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 6th November 2020


Reference number



£93,000 - £140,000


SCS Pay Band 2

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Building Safety Regulator (BSR)

Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Compressed Hours

Number of posts



You may be based in any HSE office, with regular travel to Bootle and London required.

About the job


This is a new post, offering an unparalleled opportunity to lead a dynamic team shaping and implementing a new regulatory system for the safety and standard of buildings.

As Chief Inspector of Buildings, you will be the face and voice of the new regulator. You will be passionate about working with the construction industry, residents and other regulators to improve practice and culture; confident about acting as the head of profession for building control professionals and, as a member of HSE’s Executive Committee - you will work closely with your fellow directors and with HSE’s Non-Executive Board to set and achieve HSE’s broader strategic ambitions.

Job description

In addition to a key leadership role within HSE, you will work closely with HSE’s Building Safety Regulator (BSR) Programme Director and with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) counterparts to set up the new organisation and deliver operational capabilities, systems and functions that will enable the regulator to operate at scale following Royal Assent. You will lead engagement with building owners, industry, residents and others to help them to get ready for the new regulatory regime.

You’ll work with other regulators, notably Local Authorities and Fire and Rescue Authorities, to produce operational doctrine and guidance for how they will work together with the new regulator to implement the regime in the real world.

For full details please read the Candidate Pack attached below.


You will be a member of HSE Management Board and report to HSE’s Chief Executive, Sarah Albon.
- Helping to shape and leading implementation of a new regulatory system for the safety and standard of buildings in England.
- Establishing and leading the new Building Safety Regulator and being its face and voice.
- Providing the highest standards of expert advice on the built environment and construction industry to HSE’s Chief Executive and other senior leaders, the HSE Board, and Ministers (MHCLG and DWP).
- Acting as head of profession for building control professionals and bodies.
- Leading the Building Safety & Construction Directorate, inspiring its people and developing their capability, as well as inculcating a culture of teamwork, high performance and continuous improvement.
- Creating and achieving an agreed annual programme of work, that assures the effective management and control of safety and health risks in the built environment and construction industries, and maintains public confidence in HSE and the regulatory system.
- Managing budgets and business risks, ensuring effective deployment of resources and accurate forecasts of performance. This includes identifying and securing workforce/ capabilities needed to deliver both current and future operational requirements.
- Ensuring effective information flows and sharing of insight with others across the HSE, other government departments, and local regulators to build broader capability and a joined-up approach to duty-holders and other stakeholders in the built environment
- Establishing and maintaining external networks to HSE’s strategic goals.


Whatever your role, we take your career and development seriously, and want to enable you to build a really successful career with HSE and the wider Civil Service. It is crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead, and you’ll benefit from regular performance and development reviews to ensure this development is ongoing. As a Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of benefits including a Civil Service pension. Please find more information in the Candidate Pack.

Things you need to know


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 security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Applications should be made through our recruitment partners for this vacancy, Green Park.
Full details about the role and of the application and selection process is in the attached Candidate Pack below.

Please note if you do not submit both a CV and supporting statement then your application will not be considered.

If you encounter have difficulties accessing the file attachment please contact

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Richard Grayling
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information

The law requires that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Tracey Rimmer, HSE Recruitment Lead (at ) in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response from the department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

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