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The Role

London Fire Commissioner

The best world city – keeping people safe
We’re one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world and our job is to keep our city safe.

About us

Safety is our number one priority, from our young to elderly, tenants to landlords, businesses to workplaces – we care about everyone and serving our 8.7 million residents, as well as those who work in or visit the city.

With London’s population larger than it ever has been, it is forecast to grow further to 10.8 million by 2041. Making London a safer place to live, work and visit is a huge responsibility – we do this by making sure London has the lowest number of fires, with fewer injuries and deaths caused by fire.

Our ambitious plan to make London the safest global city will be delivered by influencing safety in the ‘built’ environment – buildings, streets, transport systems and so on. These challenges go beyond daily firefighting, being delivered through better education and regulation.

From promoting safer lifestyles in communities across London, to caring for the most vulnerable residents and educating tomorrow’s young Londoners, we deliver this and more. We also raise vital awareness of safety by working with businesses to help them identify plans to ensure the safety of everyone.

We also support London’s other emergency services, saving lives in road collisions and other incidents, as well as working to reduce road danger and crime.

Both our proactive prevention work and our response to emergencies relies on our most valuable resource – our people. Looking after staff who often work in extremely challenging conditions and promoting a culture that fosters diversity and inclusion are at the heart of all our future plans.

As Fire Commissioner, you’ll lead the London Fire Brigade – the busiest fire and rescue service in the country and one of the largest in the world – protecting people every day.
You’ll work closely with the Mayor of London to deliver the London Safety Plan, alongside emergency services, boroughs, businesses and Londoners to provide safe, resilient and integrated safety improvement plans for Londoners.

About you

You’ll already be a Fire Chief or equivalent for a town or metropolitan city or have similar experience. Most importantly you’ll have delivered fire and rescue services through a large workforce of thousands of employees. You should have managed a multi-million-pound budget and delivered complex change programmes, including those focussing on diversity and inclusion, as well as having provided the critical leadership of major incidents. Strong leadership and a clear understanding of the structures of local and national government are required, as are a high degree of political sensitivity and the stakeholder management skills to deal with many competing issues.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit your CV, along with a detailed supporting statement (max 500 words) that demonstrates your suitability for the role with a special focus on size and scale of challenge and your leadership experience. Please save your CV and statement as one pdf file using your first and last name as the file name.

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We value the diversity of our employees, and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across London. The London Fire Commissioner is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people's age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Assessment Overview

Timelines to consider

• The closing date for applications is 10th November 2019.
• Shortlisting will take place week commencing, 18th November 2019.
• Interviews on the 9th December 2019.
• If you successful at shortlisting stage, a candidate pack will be sent to you after the shortlisting date.

Please note that we will not be providing updates on applications until the week commencing 18th November 2019.

Additional Information

For external applicants, in line with the Basic Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) employment checks will be completed by successful candidates, which will include a basic criminal records check. Successful candidate will be required to declare any convictions for offences which are not spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and any offer of employment is subject to the LFC receiving a criminal records disclosure which it considers satisfactory. Successful candidates should apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to get a copy of their criminal record and share the original disclosure certificate with the LFC. The check will only show convictions that are not ‘spent’. It will cost the successful candidates £23 (current charge) and usually takes up to 14 days.