oneSource is one of the largest local authority shared service organisations providing a range of support services to Newham, Havering and Bexley Councils.
Following a recent restructure we are looking to recruit to a number of positions within the Technical Services team supporting Havering Council. The team undertakes a variety of construction and maintenance projects across the Council’s portfolio of buildings, offering the opportunity to apply your skills to a diverse work programme. As part of the oneSource service offer, we are also seeking to expand our customer base outside of our parent Councils, potentially offering opportunities for our technical staff to engage in a broader range of projects.
The team is currently heavily engaged in supporting the expansion of our education portfolio in order to meet increasing capacity demands within Havering spanning pre-school, primary, secondary and specialist education assets. Additionally, the Technical Services team manage the planned maintenance programme across the Councils portfolio of service buildings extending beyond the education portfolio to include offices, libraries, depots and leisure/cultural assets.
The Architectural Officer provides a full architectural service, managing design projects from inception to completion. The portfolio of projects is typically non-domestic in nature and in recent years has focussed particularly on expanding our schools estate.
The postholder will be engaged in the full project lifecycle from defining the client brief, conducting feasibility and cost planning work, surveys, preparing detail drawings and drafting specification and/or commissioning design and build services from our contractors. Emphasis is placed on delivering value in design and minimising costs in use. The role covers tender evaluation, contractor appointment, contract management and administration, value engineering, approving interim payments and agreeing final account with contractors.
You will be able to demonstrate previous experience in managing a portfolio of building design projects, spanning the activities listed above. Ideally a qualified architect, you will be able to self-manage your own portfolio of projects and prioritise your time effectively across schemes to ensure delivery to client expectations, on time and within budget.
You will be highly organised, planning work in advance and an effective and articulate communicator with both clients and contractors. You will be solution-focussed and skilled in conducting negotiations where necessary to achieve a suitable compromise between client requirements and scheme delivery within cost constraints. You are also sufficiently robust to represent the Council/clients in the event of any contractual disputes with contractors.
You will be computer literate, not only on generic Microsoft applications but also able to evidence competency in utilising CAD software. Whilst capable of working independently, you will be an effective team member, supporting the Architectural and Design Manager and working alongside Clerks of Works and Building Surveyors.
The London Borough of Havering is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Havering Redeployees.
The London Borough of Havering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on: 01708 432770
If you have any queries please email ian.saxby@oneSource.co.uk
The closing date for this position is 22nd February 2020.
Interview date to be confirmed.