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Watch Manager FRS

Job Reference ncc/TP/57/209/MC

Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
£37,123 to £40,633
Working Hours:
Various stations within Northumberland
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Fire and Rescue (Wholetime)
Region / Division:
UK Region
Fire and Rescue

Job Information

Watch Manager Roles within Northumberland Fire and Rescue. 
We currently have a number of Watch Manager vacancies across the service. These vacancies may exist within Community Risk and Response (CRR) on the wholetime and day staffing system and within various departments, including Training, Assurance & Safety (TAS) and Fire Safety. On conclusion of the process a small holding pool will be generated to support our Supervisory Manager career progression and retirement profile over the next 24 months. 
Northumberland is the northernmost county of England, bordering Cumbria, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Scottish Borders. We have an outstanding North Sea coastline of 103 km and a county of rural natural beauty. The county is steeped in history and heritage and with a population of over 300,000 residents. The council provides a wide range of services to the residents over an area of 5,000 sq. km. 
The post holder will be part of the supervisory/station/department management team to support the delivery of our ambitious plans to ensure that we really are a “council that works for everyone” and to focus on delivering an ambitious improvement programme across all parts of the service. We are interested to seek out highly motivated and experienced competent Crew Manager candidates, as well as inviting applications from substantive Watch Managers from across the fire sector. 
The Role: 
To lead and motivate our teams, to assist in delivering and implementing plans in line with service policies, strategies and services that support the aspirations of both the County Council and the Fire and Rescue Service. Northumberland is a unique county with a fantastic opportunity for the Fire and Rescue Service to truly be positioned to develop our offering to our communities. This is an exciting time for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service as we develop the wider partnership offering to support our communities across the county. 
The successful candidate will be expected to promote and maintain a positive relationship with all employees and their respective trade unions in the interests of developing a climate of harmonious and constructive employee relations. This role will also support the delivery of the excellent local collaborative working with our key partners and stakeholders to deliver improved local outcomes for our communities. 
With excellent interpersonal and innovative skills, this role will support the services continuous improvement strategy while promoting a positive and innovative organisational culture through genuine staff and community engagement. 
The Watch Manager role, depending on the location is conditioned to either a day shift system within a department or to our wholetime/day staffing CRR rota, providing emergency response cover within Northumberland relative to the hours of the duty system. 
We are offering an excellent package including:-  

  • WM salary in line with national terms and conditions  

  •  Training and development opportunities 

  •  Sports and social clubs 


A range of other benefits via the County Council including: - 

  • O2 Open - perks for employees 
  • Active Northumberland Staff Discount 
  • The SMART car arrangement 
  • Home Electronic Solutions 

And many others 


To be eligible to apply you must: -  

  • Be a substantive competent Watch or Crew Manager in a UK Fire and Rescue Service. 

  • Hold current Incident Command Qualification. 

  • Have no capability issues related to competence. 

  • Have no current formal disciplinary warnings throughout the entire process. 

  • Have a full UK driving licence 

A 10% allowance will be applicable to any Training, Assurance & Safety Watch Manager role in lieu or a number of weekend dayshift commitments throughout the year. 
For further information please see the Job Description attached. 

Candidates should apply online and the closing date for applications is midnight Friday 9th June 2023.  

If you are interested in this exciting role, and would like an informal discussion about the role please contact:  

Group Manager Joe Haustead 

Mob: 07543 508261 


For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please see the attached guidance notes here

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format, please see the alternative methods below.  This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post.    


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For those with speech difficulties or hearing loss: Text relay service dial 018001 01670 623930 

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