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Design/technical standards manager
at Hackney Council

Hackney Council is seeking a design and technical standards manager to join its team in London.

Salary: £48,252 – £49,203
Contract: permanent, full time

Hackney Council is passionate about its housing stock and committed to continue to maintain and enhance its homes and estates in both the short term and into the future. The guiding principles for investment are defined in the Council’s new housing asset management strategy 2019-2027. This document also sets the ambitions for the quality of our varied housing stock, ranging from victorian street properties and pre-war mansion blocks to tower blocks on large estates. This is an exciting time to join Hackney and contribute to the strategy’s aim of homes in which people want to live and are proud of.

Our asset management service is changing to enable the team to achieve the ambitions set in the strategy, and, as a result, we are looking for a dedicated design and technical standards manager who will embrace new ways of working, and promote and optimise design quality. This is a demanding role and yet it comes with the opportunity to influence and inspire teams of multi-disciplined professionals to deliver a high-quality service.

As a design and technical standards manager, you will play a key role in delivering the new asset strategy through leading the development and implementation of design and technical standards for the Council’s capital investment programme in our existing stock of more than 30 000 properties. You will manage a team of specialist officers, improving the design, energy efficiency and sustainability of our homes, blocks and estates, and ensuring they are easy to maintain, accessible, and safe. You will work proactively with colleagues and partners in regeneration and planning, and other relevant services, and make strategic recommendations for the best use of the Council’s housing assets.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in developing and successfully implementing technical housing maintenance briefs and specifications, prescriptive or performance, and a track record of adopting a holistic approach in ensuring the works delivered fulfil an increasing complex set of requirements. Importantly, the successful candidate will be passionate about social housing, will have sound knowledge of housing sustainability requirements and building regulations, will demonstrate the ability to lead staff by example, and work effectively within multidisciplinary environments.

For more information, you can find the Council’s housing asset management strategy here 

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

If the opportunity of working here excites you, please apply.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience. You are not required to submit a supporting statement or CV.

Closing date for applications: 29 July 2020

Interview date: TBC (Interviews will be held remotely via video conferencing)

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: proud; ambitious; pioneering; open; proactive; inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently underrepresented in our workforce.

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