Group Manager (B).

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 06/10/2021 23:59
£47,887 to £53,086
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Fire and Rescue (Other roles)
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
West Hartford Fire Station and H.Q.
Number of posts:
Closing date:
6 Oct
Further Information

Group Manager (B) Head of Fire Safety (Protection)

Northumberland is the northernmost county of England, bordering Cumbria, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Scottish Borders with an outstanding North Sea coastline of 103 km and a county of rural natural beauty. The county is steeped in history and heritage and with a population of over 300,000 residents, the council provides a wide range of services across over 5,000 sq km. Northumberland is one of the largest counties in England Northumberland County Council is seeking to appoint to a key post within Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. The post holder will be part of the senior management team to support the delivery of our ambitious plans to ensure that we really are a “council that works for everyone” and to focus on delivering an ambitious improvement programme following our latest HMICFRS inspection report.

The Role
To manage, develop and implement Protection strategies and services that support the strategic vision and business objectives of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and support the Chief Fire Officer and the wider senior leadership team of both the Council and the Fire and Rescue Service. Northumberland is a unique county with an opportunity for the Fire and Rescue Service to truly be positioned to contribute to the developing commercial sector within the county. Given the unique investment in Northumberland the post holder will have the opportunity to oversee the statutory consultations on the first Giga factory to be built in the United Kingdom, as well as the recommissioning of the Northumberland Train line. This is an exciting time for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service as we develop the wider partnership offering to support our communities across the county.

The postholder will deliver rostered operational emergency response and Duty Manager cover as part of the Flexible Duty Officer Group in NFRS.

The postholder will manage a team of 12 personnel to ensure the delivery of a revitalised approach to inspection and regulation within the county, as well as the forensic investigation of fires, with a focus on developing and sustaining a Protection Department within Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service of the highest standard for the communities of Northumberland.

The successful candidate, as directed by the Chief Fire Officer, will strategically lead and direct the Protection department within the Fire & Rescue Service to promote the support and development of staff through appraisal, mentoring, training and development programmes. The successful candidate will also promote and maintain a positive relationship with all employees and their respective trade unions in the interests of developing a climate of harmonious and constructive employee relations. This role will also be pivotable in the delivery of the excellent collaborative working which exists across the North East Fire and Rescue Services.

With interpersonal, strategic and innovative skills, this role will lead on the quality, inspection and regulation of Northumberland’s Fire and Rescue Service’s Protection Department, whilst supporting a positive and innovative organisational culture through genuine staff engagement.

You will have previous experience of Protection duties within a Fire and Rescue Service at Station/ Group Manager level. Operational experience is also necessary as being part of the Duty Manager team you will need to have proven experience of safely commanding operational incidents and have attained the relevant accreditation (e.g. ICL2 or 3).

Working closely with the Regional Protection Teams and Northumberland County Council Public Protection Teams, the successful postholder will be able to demonstrate an ability to build effective partnerships and facilitate engagement to deliver inclusive partnerships across the service and Region, involving stakeholders in building a vision for the future of Protection within Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

For further information please see the Job Description in the supporting documents attached to this advert

If you are interested in this exciting role, we would welcome an informal discussion with you. For an informal discussion about the role please contact:

Mr James McNeil, Assistant Chief Fire Officer on 07890265377 or Email: - james.mcneil@northumberland.gov.uk

Group Managers from across the Fire Sector, if already technically qualified and competent within role are welcome to express their interest in this position

We are offering a salary range of £47,887 to £53,086 depending upon experience and Officers working on the the flexible duty system shall be paid a pensionable supplement of 20% of their basic pay.

Closing date for applications will be midnight on 6th October 2021 and interviews and presentations will take place week commencing 18th October 2021.

For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please see attached notes.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Although we advertise on North East Jobs, your application process will be directed to our Taleo system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with Taleo, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘hr-empty@invalidemail.com’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.