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Clerk of Works

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
London (West), London (Greater)
£45,147 - £51,858 per annum
Closing date
15 Jun 2022

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Homes and Asset Management, Residential Development & Construction, Construction, Health and safety
Full Time
Organisation Type
Local authority
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Job Details

About Us:

Inspect major housing works, communicate issues and help us make a difference for our residents. 

In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local people and local businesses at the heart of decision-making, working in partnership with them to provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient. We are committed to embedding lessons learnt and, having brought our social housing stock back under local authority control, we’ve now embarked on a £300 million capital investment programme. As part of this programme, we’re building up the expertise within an established team of professionals who have an exceptional track record of improving the Council’s housing stock. Joining a multi-disciplinary team in a supportive environment, you’ll make your mark while improving the quality of our residents housing.

The Role:

As Clerk of Works, you’ll spend around half your week in the office and the rest on site. You’ll be an independent, impartial inspector of activity within the Major Works element of our Capital Work Programme. The programme spans major estate refurbishments through to cyclic maintenance, with an annual budget in excess of £50m. Projects involve multi-trade work to occupied residential properties, and you’ll be integral to making sure the project delivery high standards of quality. Ensuring that high quality products are installed, you will monitor and report on the fulfilment of both traditional and non-traditional building contracts. 

Communication will be key to your success, whether you are discussing plans with project managers and members of the commercial team, speaking to contractors or explaining issues to residents. Your responsibilities will range from reviewing contract documentation, advising on practical implications of implementing designs or areas for improvement, through to inspecting construction works for contractual and regulatory compliance, identifying the need for specialist testing, and producing reports. The breadth and importance of your impact makes this an excellent opportunity for professional development.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

Vetting requirement: Standard DBS Check
Closing date: 15th June 2022
Interview date: 28th June 2022

About You:

While experience as a clerk of works will certainly be an advantage, we’re also interested to hear from construction supervisors who can bring to the role relevant technical knowledge and experience of quality control and health & safety on site. You will certainly need to demonstrate technical competency, with the ability to read plans and specifications including contracts and design documents, and to understand how and why they should be applied. A background in quality assurance would really set you apart. Crucially, you must be a team player and demonstrate the ability to communicate confidently with a wide range of people - from tenants and leaseholders, to contractors and consultants. 

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s alone will not be considered for this role. 

We reserve the right to extend or close this vacancy early without warning subject to the volume of suitable applicants.

Additional information

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, we will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.


About Us

Kensington and Chelsea is one of London’s most vibrant and recognisable boroughs. It has many unique buildings, famous museums and beautiful parks. Although the borough is geographically one of the smallest in London, at just over 4.7 square miles, it is one of the most densely populated and diverse areas in Europe. It is home to the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival. Kensington and Chelsea Council (also known as RBKC) aims to provide high quality services to improve the lives of its residents and to make the borough a better place in which to live, work, and visit.

Housing and Grenfell

This department is responsible for housing, communities and improving the lives of local residents.  This includes landlord services and estate management, planning, refurbishment, and advice and support to help maintain healthy and safe homes.

A significant part of our work is focused on creating stronger communities, by working together with local residents on recovery following the Grenfell tragedy.  

In response to London’s affordable homes crisis, we are committed to building more social housing to help people on lower incomes to live, work, and raise their families in the borough. Housing also covers landlord services and estate management, planning, refurbishment, and advice and support to help maintain healthy and safe homes.

Our housing team also work closely with affordable housing providers and other agencies to manage homelessness and give support to older residents to live independently.  Find out more about our vacancies here.

Find Us
020 7361 3011
Third Floor, Town Hall
Hornton Street
W8 7NX
United Kingdom
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