MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL
Salary: £56,474 - £61,125
Location: Maidstone, Kent
About the Role
Maidstone Borough Council is seeking an experienced Residential Portfolio Manager to lead this expanding area of our operation. The Council has a growing portfolio of residential homes comprising affordable housing, temporary accommodation for those at risk of homelessness, and Private Rented Sector (PRS) housing that the Council manages on behalf of its wholly owned residential property company, Maidstone Property Holdings Limited.
Furthermore, the Council has recently agreed an ambitious programme to re-enter the Council housebuilding sector, with a programme for 1,000 affordable homes underway, and so the portfolio will be expanding rapidly over the coming years.
The role will be responsible for driving the highest customer service and building safety compliance standards for all three of our portfolio tenures, but also developing a unique “offer” for each tenure too. Integral to this success will be the continued roll-out and development of our new housing management software, Red Kite, for which the successful candidate will be responsible.
The Council has a policy commitment to provide high quality temporary accommodation, affordable housing, gypsy & traveler sites and a private rented product that will all demonstrate value for money and be a beacon for good housing management. This position has a key role in ensuring that the homes we provide are safe, well maintained and managed, and remain fit for purpose during their lifetime. The service delivered will be customer-focused whilst maintaining a high degree of financial control.
About Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone Borough Council is a confident organisation with ambition and aspirations to deliver high quality services to our residents and local businesses. We strive to make the borough an attractive place for all and secure a successful economy. We continue to build on our strengths - assets, knowledge and expertise and our track record for innovation and improvement to create a financially sustainable future so that we can continue with our undiminished plans.
We will only achieve the results we are aiming for through the talents and hard work of all our people. You are encouraged to become part of our vision and in return you can expect support, training, and fair reward from us. We will give you the opportunity to develop the skills to do your job well and create a positive working environment where your ideas about improving how we do things are valued and we manage the changes needed for new ways of working well.
At Maidstone Borough Council we recognise the importance of flexible working and the benefits this can bring to both our staff and the Council. We know that by offering employees a range of flexible working opportunities we can positively impact their wellbeing and engagement, and drive productivity in return. As such we have developed a highly flexible hybrid working policy, alongside our flexi-time and flexible working policies, enabling staff to shape their working patterns around building a greater work life balance.
Working in Maidstone you’ll also be less than an hour from London by train and have all that Kent can offer at your fingertips. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your skills and experience within an organisation that prides itself on supporting its staff. We encourage staff to undertake vocational and technical training, including management and leadership programmes.
If you feel you meet the requirements of the post and are ready for a new and exciting challenge in a progressive ambitious Local Authority, then we’d love to hear from you.
If you chose to join us in this interesting role, we will provide you with a great benefits package that includes:
• A competitive salary
• Highly flexible hybrid working opportunities
• 7am to 7pm flexi time to suit personal circumstances for most roles
• Generous holiday entitlement which increases after 5 years LG service plus bank holidays with the option to buy additional leave.
• Additional 3 days leave given to enable a close down of the offices between Christmas and New year.
• Free parking
• Range of flexible working opportunities to accommodate people’s home/work life balance including compressed hours, 9-day fortnight, part time.
• Invitations to staff events to celebrate success and support wellbeing that include holistic therapies and outdoor activities
• Employee Assistance Programme which provides confidential & independent information and access to counsellors
• Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) with valuable life cover and financial protection for your family.
• Life Assurance – three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
• Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work
• Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand-new car. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax.
• Annual flu vaccine
• Cycle to work scheme
• Staff benefits discounts on leisure, eating out, holidays and shopping
• Excellent learning and career opportunities for committed individuals
• A professional fee payment, if required for the role
Above all else, you will find an inclusive and supportive working environment, in which your professional and personal wellbeing are important to us.
The successful candidate will be responsible for acting as the expert on Asset Management of the Council’s residential accommodation across all areas of activity; including the Council’s owned Temporary Accommodation, affordable housing, public G&T sites and the PRS stock that is managed on behalf of Maidstone Property Holdings. You will also be responsible for making the best use of our housing stock by minimizing void periods, maximizing rental income and reducing arrears, ensuring compliance with tenancy obligations, adherence to relevant legislation and regulations, robust contract management, health and safety and any domiciliary functions.
To be successful in this role you should have significant experience of working in the Housing Management sector and ideally have a Chartered Institute of Housing recognised qualification, or similar from RICS. This post will be responsible for managing a team of Accommodation officers and so previous experience of people management and the ability to demonstrate strong leadership and coaching skills would be extremely important.
Maidstone Borough Council has an excellent reputation for all its housing services, and so we look forward to hearing from candidates who have the skills to take our residential services to the next level.
Following the submission of your application form, it will be reviewed by the recruiting manager. Those that are successful in securing an interview can expect job specific interview assessment, followed by an interview.
Maidstone Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employee and volunteers to share this commitment.
This is a full time position working 37 hours per week, on a permanent contract. The postholder will be based in the Council’s offices in Maidstone House and Trintiy Foyer; however there will be the opportunity for flexible working and homeworking under the Council’s Hybrid Working policies. The role may also require some weekend and evening working, dependent on the needs of the service.
Maidstone Borough Council has a Sponsor License which enables successful candidates in eligible roles to be sponsored for work Visa purposes.
For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact John Littlemore, Head of Housing & Community Services on 01622 602207 or johnlittlemore@Maidstone.gov.uk
To apply for the position please visit https://www.maidstone.gov.uk/jobs and complete the online application form or by phone on 01622 602555.
Closing date: 4 December 2023
Interview date: 14 December 2023