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Assistant Principal Officer

Job description

​Job Title: Assistant Principal Officer – 3414/3415

On behalf of our Client, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, MPA Recruitment welcomes suitable applications for the role of Assistant Principal Officer.

Location: Adelaide Street, Belfast

Hours of work: 37 hours per week (Monday to Friday)

Salary range: £16.12

Key Responsibilities

• To assist in the management of all processes in the work of the Place Shaping department, including setting and monitoring of business objectives, audit, and risk assessment.

• To manage staff in all aspects of their work within the Place Shaping department.

• To assist in the management of land disposal applications incorporating economic appraisals; supervision of title reports and conveyancing of leasehold/freehold disposals.

• To manage the house sales process including the quality assuring of house sale offers and management of the post-sale process.

• To manage vesting and compensation applications.

• To manage extinguishment applications.

• To ensure the Land Terrier Management System is effectively utilised and maintained to record land assets.

• To ensure the use and disposal of land asset supports the implementation of area-based place shaping programmes and initiatives.

• To liaise with local stakeholders to ensure the holistic delivery of housing-led regeneration programmes.

• To provide a local enabling role to support delivery of new initiatives to create mixed-use, mixed tenure neighbourhoods.

• To contribute to the policy development of innovative housing-led regeneration solutions.

• To represent the Place Shaping Department to external and internal stakeholders as and when required.

• To ensure compliance of policy and procedures to provide governance and assurance within Land & Regeneration Services.

• To produce regular reports and briefings on Land and Regeneration programmes.

People Management:

• To motivate, lead and manage the performance of a highly motivated, technical and administration team to ensure delivery of key objectives in a timely and effective manner.

• To provide clear and effective leadership to staff, particularly in relation to implementing change initiatives and ensure training is delivered to staff in support of process and system change.

• To provide advice, assistance, support and guidance to staff in relation to daily priorities and ensure staff are continually briefed on priorities, targets and current performance objectives.

• To complete annual performance appraisals and reviews, identify staff training needs and develop Personal Development Plans to ensure staff skillsets are continually developed in line with changes in working practices and reflect NIHE core values and behaviours in support of organisational culture.

• To instil and promote an ethos of continuous improvement within the Team, so that current performance standards can be challenged and improved through new ways of working, without compromising service delivery or control.

• To ensure the health and wellbeing of staff is maximised and ensure that staff absences are managed in accordance with HR Absence Management Policy including the completion of Return-to-Work interviews.


1. (i) Possess a degree or equivalent level qualification, (preferably in a discipline which includes at least one of the following subjects: land law, land and estate management, regeneration), plus 2 years’ relevant experience working in a Regeneration function.


(ii) BTEC Higher or equivalent Level 5 qualification e.g. IOHPQ plus 3 years’ relevant experience working in a Regeneration function.

(iii) Have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience working in a working in a regeneration environment AND can demonstrate continued professional development including the attainment of relevant learning/qualifications.

2. Have at least 2 years’ experience working in a regeneration environment.

Experience should include working with other disciplines to plan and bring forward in all of the following.

• regeneration schemes,

• sale of land or property, and,

• management of land assets

3. Can demonstrate experience of (To be assessed at interview):

• Working effectively with others as either a member or leader of a team

• to achieve a shared outcome.

• Working effectively with key stakeholders within the political,

• community, voluntary and public sectors

• Interpreting data, compile reports and manage complex information in

• order to understand and improve performance.

• Providing effective services to meet the individual needs of customers.

• and key stakeholders.

• Building the skills, ability and confidence in others to enable them to

• independently solve problems and identify practical solutions.

4. Possess a full, current UK driving licence or have access to a form of transport which enables them to fulfil the full requirements of the job.

Additional Information:

• A Basic Access NI Check is Required at a cost of £18.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position please send your CV to

Or for further information and a confidential discussion on this post please call Chris at our Belfast office on 02895 211111

Please ensure your CV is accurate and updated with full personal contact details, education history, qualifications, and employment history.

MPA Recruitment are operating as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.

MPA are committed to providing equality of opportunity in employment and welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of gender, marital or family status, religious belief, political opinion, disability, age, race, nationality, or sexual orientation.