Vacancy -- Crown Premises Inspector

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Education and Public Services
Community Safety
SEO - £38,355 - £45,850
£42,690 (Point 3 of the payscale)
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. A list of the Welsh Government's offices can be found on our website ( Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.

Purpose of Post:

The Welsh Government is offering an opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced fire safety officer.

The Crown Premises Inspector has authority to enforce the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the ‘Fire Safety Order’) in all premises owned or occupied by the Crown in Wales (except MoD sites). This includes a wide range of premises, including public buildings, offices, depots and warehouses, heritage buildings and custodial premises – the last of which present distinctive and complex fire safety risks.  This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to work in the heart of Government assuming key responsibilities for fire safety in Crown premises throughout Wales. The role will also provide the opportunity to work on a wider range of fire safety policy in an advisory capacity, dealing with issues such as reform of the Fire Safety Order. 

The post will cover all Crown premises throughout Wales.

Key tasks:

The post holder will be responsible for managing the inspection programme and ensuring that the Welsh Government maintains a fully referenced database of premises information.

The inspector will report to the Welsh Government’s Assistant Fire and Rescue Advisor and form close links with relevant colleagues in the Welsh Government.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual able to work on their own initiative with a proven track record in Business Fire Safety. 

The duties are varied and include:

  1. Management of a risk based programme of inspections of Crown premises - both through on-site work and desk top review, and auditing and inspecting premises across Wales for the purpose of assessing compliance with the Fire Safety Order.
  2. Auditing the departmental fire safety management arrangements of Crown buildings.
  3. Following up and investigating fire incidents in Crown premises, often as part of a combined team with officers from the Fire and Rescue Service in whose area the incident occurred.
  4. Taking appropriate enforcement action under the Order in accordance with policy and the principles of good enforcement set out in the Regulators’ Code.
  5. Providing advice and guidance (through meetings and presentations, as necessary) to all stakeholders regarding fire safety in specific premises and Crown premises in general.
  6. Liaising with fire and rescue services, other enforcing authorities, statutory bodies and others where joint working is necessary, to promote consistency, and for the purposes of information exchange.
  7. Working with and guiding personnel from fire and rescue services who are assisting with inspections of custodial premises.
  8. Liaising with Crown premises inspectors from other UK jurisdictions to ensure sharing of information and good practice.
  9. Completing and updating risk-based forms, and maintaining a record of activity.
  10. Formulating a range of reports, drafting letters and notices and providing general support as appropriate.
  11. Providing technical advice on fire safety in general, and contributing to the reform of policy and law with regards to fire safety and prevention. In particular, this will include the reform of the Fire Safety Order in light of the Grenfell Tower fire.
  12. Maintaining currency of fire safety knowledge through continuous professional development, at least sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the Institute of Fire Engineers or similar.

Candidates must have a sound knowledge of fire safety legislation and risk-based enforcement, (including the principles of fire risk assessment) and be able to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to deal with complex fire safety solutions. 

Candidates must also have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, be able to work to tight deadlines, work on their own initiative as well as maintaining regular liaison with the Welsh Government’s Fire Services Branch.

Development opportunities:

The post provides an excellent opportunity to work within the national environment of Crown premises, which range from central government premises to unique places of national heritage. This also includes custodial premises which present distinctive and complex fire safety risks.  The role will also provide the opportunity to work on a wider range of fire safety policy in an advisory capacity, dealing with issues such as reform of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

Closing Date:

24/01/2020, 16:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Job Specific Criteria:

  1. Expert knowledge of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
  2. Experience of auditing and inspecting premises in compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  3. Evidence of providing advice and guidance on building fire safety.


  • Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit own and team’s work
  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
  • Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular
  • Readily share resources to support higher priority work, showing pragmatism and support for the shared goals of the organisation

Assessment Process

The process is a simple paper based sift, progressing to an interview if successful (no presentation required).

Other Information

Steve Pomeroy - - 0300 062 8219

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)