Head of Prevention and Protection

  • Job Reference: 1166749840-2
  • Date Posted: 16 November 2023
  • Employer: Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Location: Calcot, Berkshire
  • Salary: On Application
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  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

We are looking for our next Head of Prevention and Protection. In this critical leadership role, you will be at the forefront of our service delivery, with responsibility for the effective management, performance and delivery of the Prevention and Protection strategies and functions, as well as being an active member of the Senior Leadership Team, contributing to the delivery the Strategic Commitments of the Fire Authority.

Applications are welcomed from individuals with an operational background or non-operational background.


Non-Operational Salary: Grade 10: £69,447 - £77,044

Hours: Full time

Location Service Headquarters, Calcot, Reading

Excellent annual leave allowance, flexible working, onsite gym, parking facilities and superb Pension Schemes are available

Operational Salary: £63,163 (Development) to £69,283 (Competent B)

Flexi duty allowance (20% of salary)

Area Manager Allowance current range is £6,284 - £7,760.64

Fire Cover Gold (if applicable)

Other information about our benefits can be found here.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is a progressive and community-focused organisation that works as one team to deliver services to the people of Berkshire. We have an engaged and dedicated team of some 700 diverse and talented individuals, an inclusive culture as well as a commitment to the training, development and wellbeing of our people.

About you:

As Head of Prevention and Protection you will have a unique opportunity to lead an area of the Service and work across the organisation to shape and tailor the services we provide to meet the diverse needs of the communities we serve.

In this role you will value diversity of thought and different perspectives. You ll be comfortable in challenging the status quo, acting with demonstrable integrity and credibility to support our continuous improvement ambitions, in evolving the services we deliver to best meet the needs of our communities. You will need to be motivated and able to balance your active decision-making and governance role within the Senior Leadership Team with the effective and efficient running of the Prevention and Protection function.

The key focus of this role is:

  • Responsible for developing and setting the Prevention and Protection strategies for RBFRS, accounting for legislative and regulatory requirements and professional standards;
  • Responsible for the effective management, performance and delivery of the Prevention and Protection strategies and functions for RBFRS;
  • Responsibility for ensuring that RBFRS discharges its statutory, consultative and advisory fire safety and enforcement duties in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements;
  • To support and ensure delivery of key projects that enable new ways of working, including collaboration, which ensure the future efficiency and effectives of the Service;
  • In conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team, shape the strategic direction of the Service in order to deliver the Authority s Vision, Commitments and Objectives.

Key role requirements (knowledge, skills and experience):

  • Experience in managing Prevention and Protection functions
  • Demonstrable ability to lead, motivate and develop a team of professionals, and manage operations to ensure delivery to defined performance standards and demonstrating VFM
  • Strong performance focus and commitment to improving public service delivery
  • Confident and inspiring leadership, demonstrating self-confidence, personal resilience and integrity
  • For operational candidates you will be required to have achieved competency at Station Manager level or above.

Please note we do not accept applications via Agencies or CV s without an accompanying application form.

Closing date for applications is 28 November at 10:00.

Stages of selection

The selection process consists of three stages.

Stage One

  • CV and Supporting Statement (the statement should not exceed 2000 words), detailing why you are the best person for the role and how you meet the person specification.

Stage Two

  • A presentation will be required on how, in the role of Head of Prevention and Protection, you will optimise workforce productivity and assure the effective delivery of services. This should be no more than 20 minutes. Additional time will be provided for questions and answers after the presentation.
  • Competency based interview scheduled to take place on 6 December.

Stage Three

  • Values and Behaviours Based Interview on the Behavioural Competency Framework.
  • Stage three interview date to be confirmed.

Other considerations for Operational applicants:

  • The Area Manager allowance is based on role at entry and varies with Green and Grey Book pay awards, Staff who enter on the development rate of pay will be paid an allowance equivalent to the difference between the development rate of pay and the bottom of grade 10. When the staff member has attained competent rate of pay they will be paid an allowance equivalent to the difference between the competent rate of pay and the next spinal column point on grade 10.
  • Applications for the Operational role are welcomed from Competent Station Manager in receipt of CPD, with evidence of acquisition of knowledge and understanding relating to people and process management (aligned to GM DAP across Leading Others and Leading the Business courses or equivalent) and development Group Managers and above.
  • Ideally the successful candidate will be a Competent L3 advanced Incident Commander with relevant ongoing incident command experience / organisational assurance or will be required to pass an advanced incident command assessment as part of the selection process (if you do not hold the required qualification you will be required to attain it).
  • You will need to evidence that you hold a L4 Strategic Incident Command qualification (Skills for Justice Awards Fire) or successfully acquire this course within 6 months of appointment, as appropriate.
  • You will be required to pass a relevant medical assessment as appropriate, and a fitness test (or evidence of recent pass).