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"Excellent career development opportunity with a market leading civil engineering division of a global construction multinational, for a graduate calibre, chartered Health & Safety professional to lead their best-in-class health and safety function within one of their largest and most successful business units"


£Very Competitive Car, Bonus & Benefits

Location: London/M25, South East (Hybrid Role)


Our client is a market leading civil engineering division of a major diversified industrial group, part of a global multinational, specialising in the construction sector. Safety is their first and foremost objective in all its activities. It has an impressive portfolio of public infrastructure in/around the M25 working closely with local authorities and councils. It is now seeking Health and Safety Manager to take the lead within its health and safety function, working closely with the parent company health and safety directorate. Our client is seeking a graduate calibre, chartered IOSH Health and Safety professional with a track gained within a multi-site, matrix civil engineering and highways maintenance and/or construction organisation/contractor, who will be experienced in working closely with stakeholders at senior executive and board level on a regular basis within the business unit, the group and the plc.


As Health & Safety Manager, you will report to the MD of the business and with a dotted line to the plc Director of Health & Safety for the whole group in the UK. As a critical health and safety business partner you will specifically support, challenge, inspire and coach the senior leadership team and their line management in terms of delivering the health & safety strategy across this large London and South East based civil engineering and infrastructure, highways maintenance and/or construction business unit. The focus will be on the development of a highly effective, best in class health and safety culture, values, behaviours, systems, and processes; ensuring zero harm; ongoing legal compliance and excellent organisational and business unit health and safety standards in line with 18001 and transition to 45001 Certification. You will manage a small team of health and safety professionals. This is a hybrid role, operating from the BU offices in West London, travelling in the field to civil engineering projects/construction sites and working from home.


The Role:

* To guide, support and lead business unit senior leadership and their line management in the creation and delivery of the health and safety strategy and roadmap.

* To guide and support the business unit teams in the compliance and monitoring of all health and safety standards, policies, procedures and management systems.

* Ensure that safety improvement plans are developed within the business unit implemented and monitored across all sites in compliance with UK legal requirements and corporate health and safety strategy.

* Providing expertise, leadership and specialist advice to your health and safety advisory team and business unit management teams as required.

* Management, coaching and development of a very competent and highly effective team of regionally based health and safety advisors.

* Training, guidance and coaching via your team to line managers to enable them to understand and effectively utilise the health and safety management system, in accordance with ISO 18001 certification and the transfer to ISO 45001.

* Support and enable effective critical and high potential incident investigations to be completed by line managers in order to identify the immediate and underlying causes and the appropriate corrective/preventative actions. You and your team will provide the appropriate level of challenge and help in developing actions to avoid repeat incidents.

* Facilitate the effective communication of health and safety issues and learning points generated by the business unit across the whole group in the UK and with industry bodies.

* To identify themes and help develop, implement and monitor health and safety strategies which will help to continually improve the business unit's health and safety performance year on year.


The Ideal Candidate:

* Of graduate calibre i.e. HNC/HND, BA, BEng, BSc, MSc

* Chartered IOSH member

* Consistent career history within health and safety leadership roles in a multi-site, civil engineering and infrastructure/highways maintenance or construction environment. Clear understanding and belief in behavioural based safety and visible felt leadership.

* Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, highly experienced in persuading and influencing stakeholders at business unit leadership and operational, group and plc level.

* Up to date knowledge of current UK legislation including OSHAS 18001:2007, ISO14001, ISO 45001, CHAS

* Excellent analytical and strategic influencing skills and track record of continuously and proactively improving health and safety standards.

* Recent experience of managing a regionally based health and safety team.

* Excellent coaching and mentoring skills.

* Proven experience of health and safety systems development tailored to business operational and strategic needs including risk mitigation and incident investigation.

* Strong health and safety management system auditing experience.

* A highly responsive, supportive and inspirational critical health and safety business partner. A real committed team player.

* Professional, discrete, diplomatic, and tactful at all times.

* Experienced in dealing with regulatory bodies.

* NEBOSH Diploma and CSCS qualifications essential

* Computer literate including Excel and Powerpoint.


In return our client offers a unique opportunity to impact and shape the health and safety culture and performance of a high-profile business unit.