Health and Safety Manager - Major Projects

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National Highways have an ambitious plan to ensure that all those who work with us return home, safe and well every day. 

As a Health and Safety Manager you will support the delivery of our Home Safe and Well plan through project and programme support, adding value through Client assurance; engaging with internal and external stakeholders to positively influence decision making and encouraging innovation.

You will primarily work to support the safe delivery of significant investment in the Strategic Road Network, however as part of the Safety, Engineering & Standards Health and Safety team you may be involved in supporting other projects and initiatives across the whole of National Highways.

You will use your knowledge, skills, and experience to offer support and advice on health and safety matters, ensuring that we are discharging our duties as both Employer and Client, while also making a valuable contribution to the development of our cultural and behavioural change programme. You will demonstrate our core values and behaviours by leading with passion and integrity and demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as a team.

The role will involve working from one of our offices such Bristol or Bedford (other locations may be considered) with travel to Birmingham, as well as travelling to site. Hybrid working arrangements are an option and will be discussed at interview. You will need to have a full clean driving licence for this position.

What you’ll be leading on

  • Undertake assurance activities throughout the project lifecycle, writing good quality reports, and raising actions where necessary.
  • Ensure that incident reviews and associated actions plans are developed to a satisfactory standard and assure against corrective measures given.
  • Monitor and review health and safety performance, providing valuable insight to colleagues that will help inform management decisions.
  • Support the implementation of the strategic HS&W objectives. Providing advice and guidance on health and safety matters, sharing learning and best practice where possible.
  • Support the development and implementation of relevant health and safety unit plans and initiatives ensuring a consistent approach is delivered.
  • Engage with, and provide guidance to colleagues, empowering them to ambassadors of health, safety, and wellbeing. 

To be successful

  • Hold a degree or diploma level qualification in HS&W, and membership of a recognised professional body, e.g. IOSH or IIRSM.
  • Have demonstrable experience of working within Client organisations or similar in developing supply chain strategies. 
  • Have demonstrable experience and knowledge of CDM 2015, managing and assuring health and safety in design or construction, preferably working for a major infrastructure asset owner or developer.
  • Have demonstrable knowledge of performance data analysis, and incident investigation including the ability to identify trends and present it simply and accurately. 
  • Experience of undertaking and reporting on audit and assurance activities in a clear and concise manner that adds value and applies the principles of prevention.

A bit about us 

The Health and Safety Team work within the Safety Engineering and Standards Directorate. The Directorates key priorities are to support world class operational delivery and offer expert technical advice for our road network.

Safety, Engineering and Standards (SES) is an exciting place to work. SES key priorities are to support world class operational delivery and technical advice for our road network, provide support services to lead, enable and innovate in the development of the Strategic Road Network and provide expert advice on matters relating to health and safety. If you are looking for a challenging, exhilarating and world class organisation then join one of our dedicated, professional teams leading on technical services, health and safety, sustainability and diversity agendas for National Highways

Want to know more?

Please email quoting 4068.


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this.  We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and blended working between base location/home
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year plus an extra 3 days to support the national Covid effort

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)

And finally 

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