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Senior Public Health and Housing Officer

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West Suffolk Council
Place of work:
Bury St Edmunds
Salary details:
£32,878 - £33,799 pro rata*
Job term:
Part Time
Fixed Term
Closing date:
24 February 2020 01:00 PM
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30 hpw. Temporary / Secondment for up to 12 months.

West Suffolk is setting the pace nationally for transforming local government and investing in our communities and businesses. We have earned a reputation for being an organisation that is progressive and puts the resident at the heart of everything we do. We have several ongoing major projects, including our 'Barley Homes' Housing Company, and a culture that seeks to continually evolve under our growth agenda.

In order to deliver on our priority to improve the quality of housing and the local environment, we are looking for an individual that fits in with our core values and beliefs, who is flexible in their approach to work, with a 'can do' attitude, and is hardworking, enthusiastic and confident.

Working within the Housing Standards Team you will be expected to manage your own caseload, investigating and enforcing the full range of legislation across public health and housing. We have a Civil Sanctions Policy to give a range of enforcement tools, and we are exploring other suitable sanctions to control rogue landlords. Returning empty homes back into use is another priority under our Housing Strategy.

Supporting the service delivery, you will take a lead role on a priority area to improve the private rented sector. We have been progressively developing the pro-active nature of our work and you will be key to this continuing under our enforcement policy.
Ideally, you will be a qualified EHP, with experience in housing enforcement, HHSRS assessments and projects. It would also be desirable if you had some experience in assessing planning applications and noise nuisance.

We will, however, also consider applications from newly qualified EHPs looking for a placement or working towards being a Chartered Practitioner with the CIEH. In either case, you will be supported to develop into the lead role described above. If you are not a qualified EHO but have suitable experience and qualifications, we will consider you for this post.

Site visits are required in a large, rural area; you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. You must also be insured for business use.

*Plus generous benefits package and essential car user allowance

If you have the experience, skills and behaviours to embrace the opportunities that working in such a dynamic environment brings, then we can offer you a challenging, supported and always interesting workplace. In addition, our benefits package includes a generous pension scheme, flexible working arrangements, learning and development opportunities and discounts on supermarkets and high street shops, cashback on holidays, cycle to work scheme and money off household bills and much more.

For further information please contact Andy Newman, Service Manager, Housing Standards on (01638) 719276 or email: andrew.newman@westsuffolk.gov.uk

To apply please visit: recruitment.westsuffolk.gov.uk

Interview date: w/c 9 March 2020.

We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share these commitments.

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