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Principal Building Control Officer

Our Values

In line with our One Coventry Values we strive to have a workforce that reflects our local communities and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds, applicants who have a disability and applicants who are from the LGBTQ+ community to apply for our senior leadership roles. 

Our Values are:

  • Open and fair: We are fair, open, and transparent.
  • Nurture and develop: We help and encourage everyone to be their best and do their best.
  • Engage and empower: We talk and listen to others, working together as one.
  • Create and innovate: We embrace new ways of working to continuously improve.
  • Own and be accountable: We work together to deliver the best services for our residents.
  • Value and respect: We put diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do.

About the team we are recruiting to

We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.

We are looking to recruit a Principal Building Control Officer to join our team. We are seeking a positive, experienced, enthusiastic, talented and driven professional who cares about the development of our great city to join our busy, high performing, forward thinking team.

​We are a team that deals with a wide range of building control projects, from domestic extensions and conversions to large-scale commercial and public developments. We pride ourselves on providing a high-quality, customer-focused, and cost-effective service that ensures the safety and quality of buildings in our area. We also work closely with other departments and agencies to promote sustainable development, energy efficiency, accessibility, and fire safety. 

What is the job role?

As a Principal Building Control Officer, you will oversee the delivery of the building control service and ensure the quality and performance of the team.

You will represent the service at senior management meetings, strategic partnerships, and external forums. You will also lead on the development and review of building control policies and procedures and provide expert advice and support to the council and other departments on building control matters.

You will be responsible for leading and managing a team of Building Control Officers and Technical Support Officers, ensuring that they provide a customer focused and efficient service to a range of clients.

You will be involved in complex and high-profile projects, liaising with developers, architects, engineers, contractors and other stakeholders to ensure that building work meets the required standards and safety measures.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and improvement of the Building Control service, implementing best practices and innovative solutions.

You will be acting as the principal technical advisor and expert on building control matters and be responsible for technical and legal compliance with the Building Acts, Building Regulations and Safety at Sports Grounds legislation.

Who are we looking for?

To be successful in this role, you will need to have a relevant degree or equivalent qualification in building control or a related field and be a full member of a recognised professional body such as RICS, CABE, CIOB or ABE.

In addition, you must already be validated to or working towards validation as a Building Safety Regulator Class 3 Specialist Building Inspector.

You must have substantial experience of working in building control, including dealing with complex and high-risk projects, and supervising and mentoring staff.

You will need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work under pressure and prioritise your workload. You will also need to have a valid driving licence and access to a vehicle, as you will be required to travel to various sites across the city. 

When applying for these roles you will be asked to write a personal statement, please ensure you provide information on the following in your application: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of regional and national developments in building control.
  • Management and leadership skills to manage, motivate and develop a team of  professional officers in order to achieve business goals.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and organise your own workload to meet specific targets,  and deadlines.

This post is being advertised as a full time role, we are a flexible employer and will consider applications from candidates who would prefer to work part time or more flexibly.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the position, please speak to Kate Rich, Building Control Manager on 02476 978538 or email

If you need help or support to complete your application, please visit our accessibility page to see how we can assist you.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date: 13th March 2024. 


About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 5100 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit

Coventry City Council


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