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Chief Inspector of Buildings - Director of Building Safety

Health & Safety Executive
Office-based from any HSE office in England (with extensive travel, particularly to HSE’s headquarters in Bootle, Merseyside)
£120,000 per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

Job Details

Office-based from any HSE office in England (with extensive travel, particularly to HSE’s headquarters in Bootle, Merseyside)

About Us

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We’re dedicated to protecting people and places, ensuring everyone can lead safer and healthier lives at work.

The new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) sits within HSE and is responsible for implementing a new regulatory regime and strategy for higher-risk residential buildings in England. The BSR oversees the safety and performance of the wider built environment, driving cultural change and increasing the competence of the building control profession.

We are now seeking a dedicated and passionate Chief Inspector of Buildings to lead the BSR on a full-time, permanent basis.

The Benefits

  • Salary of £120,000 per annum
  • 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days after 5 years qualifying service
  • A competitive contributory pension scheme
  • Staff wellbeing benefits
  • Childcare benefits
  • Use of on-site facilities including fitness centre

This is an unparalleled opportunity for a high-calibre, driven individual with an influential leadership style and a background of successfully delivering change and building capacity in a complex operational environment to play a critical role within our vital organisation.

You will act as the face and voice of the new BSR, driving positive change, improving ways of working across the sector, shaping a new culture of building safety and protecting future generations for years to come.

So, if you want to use your expertise to reduce risk, prevent disasters and contribute to a safer, fairer society, read on and apply today - this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The Role

As the Chief Inspector of Buildings, you will lead the ongoing establishment and development of the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR).

In this high-profile, senior role, you will define, drive and enforce the necessary reformations to ensure the delivery of a successful new regulatory system for the safety and standard of high-rise residential buildings throughout England and the wider regulatory landscape.

With a commitment to improvement and innovation, you will ensure that safety and a desire for genuine cultural change across the sector are at the heart of our regulatory strategy. You will mobilise sectoral leaders and garner support to create an environment in which everyone takes responsibility for ensuring quality and safety.

Leading engagement with building owners, industry and residents, you will champion collaboration and advance understanding of the new regulatory process. You will strengthen public confidence in the standards of the built environment, the regulatory system, the BSR and HSE.

Additionally, you will:

  • Work closely with our directors and Non-Executive Board to define how the new regulatory system fits within our broader strategic ambitions
  • Tackle and address poor industry practices
  • Deliver operational capabilities, systems and functions
  • Engage with and provide robust advice and guidance to various high-calibre stakeholders
  • Manage and develop the safety case regime

About You

To be considered as a Chief Inspector of Buildings, you will need:

  • A strong track record of delivering reform and change of industry and/or stakeholders within a complex operational environment
  • Experience of establishing and leading large, complex organisations, providing leadership, building capability and introducing innovation and cultural change
  • Evidence of advising and influencing senior decision-makers, particularly on regulatory, technical and sector specific change
  • Strong strategic thinking skills, enabling you to make swift and effective decisions and set priorities in areas of ambiguity
  • The vision, leadership and interpersonal skills to quickly establish professional credibility and authority
  • A proven track record of earning and retaining the trust of senior stakeholders

The closing date for this role is the 29th September 2023.

Other organisations may call this role Managing Director, Head of Change Management, Operations Director, Chief Executive, Director, or Executive Director.

Webrecruit and Health and Safety Executive are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

So, if you’re seeking a challenging yet highly rewarding role where you will influence positive change for people across England as our Chief Inspector of Buildings, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.



Regardless of your role, being part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gives you a real opportunity to help Great Britain work well. We protect lives and livelihoods and also help employers innovate, be productive and grow. Our people do some of the most important work in the Civil Service, supporting the government.

As the national occupational health and safety regulator, we offer a range of rewarding career opportunities. We employ scientists, engineers, health experts, and IT and digital professionals as well as inspectors and many other roles. We invest in our people because together we can help more people come home safe and well from their jobs.

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