Fire Statement Assessor (HEO/Band4)

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 27th October 2021


Reference number



£31,633 - £35,906


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Building Safety Regulator (BSR)

Type of role

Health and Safety

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

About the job


Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We look forward to receiving your application

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.

Job description

Health and Safety Executive is at the centre of the plans to establish a new Building Safety Regulator that will be responsible for implementing and enforcing a more stringent regulatory regime for Higher Risk Buildings, as well as providing wider and stronger oversight of safety and performance across all buildings and increasing the competence of those working on building safety.

One 1st August 2021 HSE became a statutory consultee under planning legislation for buildings that will be in scope of the new fire safety planning requirements. This service is known as planning gateway one and its purpose is to ensure that high-rise residential developments consider fire safety at the earliest stages of planning.

We have an exciting opportunity to recruit more Fire Statement Assessors.

As a Fire Statement Assessor, you will play a key part in supporting the delivery of the Statutory Consultee role. This role will involve the assessment of fire statements produced by fire engineers working for developers on matters related to Land Use Planning. You will produce substantive response taking advice from other technical experts and/or local Fire and Rescue Services as appropriate.


To assess fire safety statements provided as part of, planning gateway one, the first part of the enhanced regulatory system for higher risk buildings and provide a substantive response to the Local Planning Authority (LPA).

Main Duties
• Recognise and assess regulatory hazards / risks from the fire statement.
• Review fire statement and plans considering guidance and benchmarks to guide your activities.
• Identify fire statements for complex designs and where necessary take additional technical advice from Fire Engineers or local Fire and Rescue Services.
• Produce the substantive response within appropriate timescales.
• Communicate effectively at all levels to gather information and provide tailored advice.
• Assess implications of your findings and when to communicate your findings both within / outside of planning gateway one remit.
• Monitor/report your activities and performance.
• Understanding of the role and limitations of regulatory authorities.
• Contribute and support the development of the planning gateway one process.

Essential Skills and Criteria
• You will have previous experience of assessing Fire Safety hazards and risks.
• You will have an understanding of working in a regulatory framework.
• You will be able to manage your workloads within a timebound environment, working to agreed deadlines and service standards.
• You will work well within a team and contribute positively with colleagues by sharing knowledge and ideas for continuous improvement.
• You will have clear and effective communication skills
• You will have experience in using Microsoft Office
• Level 4 Diploma in Fire Safety or above.


Level 4 diploma in Fire Safety or above


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Making Effective Decisions


We invest in our people with;
• Competitive rates of pay.
• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 27.1%,
far more than in the private sector.
• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career.
• 25 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and 1-day Civil
Service privilege leave
• Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay
followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full

This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at
another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Please complete a CV that outlines your career history, skills experience and qualifications. You will also be invited to submit a Statement of Suitability (750 words) which demonstrates how your skills experience and qualifications meet the essential skills and criteria of the role. You will also be asked to complete 250 words on the behaviour - Making Effective Decisions.

At sift, you will be assessed on your Statement of Suitability and the behaviour Making Effective Decisions. Please note that your CV will not be assessed and will be used for information purposes only.

At Interview, we will assess you on the four behaviours below. We will also assess you on your experience and technical skills which are outlined in the essential skills and criteria detailed above.

The closing date for applications is: 27th October 2021
A sift will take place between: 29th October & 02nd November 2021
Interviews will take place week commencing: 15th November 2021

Due to COVID 19 - all interviews will be held online by video.

Note: A reserve list will be held for 12 months.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

Any move across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please contact:

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis

of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: or by writing to HSE at the following address:

HSE Resourcing Team2.3

Redgrave Court

Merton Road

Bootle Merseyside

L20 7HS

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact Civil Service commissioners:

Useful Guidance
Please access the following link for guidance on how to apply and how to complete a Statement of Suitability

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Amar Ehjaz
Email :
Recruitment team :
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