Health and Safety Manager - School of Metallurgy and Materials

United Kingdom
Nov 21, 2020
Dec 21, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time
Position Details

School of Metallurgy and Materials

Location: HTRC, Ansty Park, Coventry UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553. With potential progression once in post to £55,750 a year (pro rata)

Part Time - 0.6 FTE (22.5 hours per week)

Grade 8

FTC - maternity cover for up to 12 months (expected start early January 2021)

Closing date - 10th December 2020

Job Summary

The University of Birmingham's High Temperature Research Centre (HTRC) is a purpose-built 5,800 m2 facility enabling production scale research and experimentation to deliver rapid high quality product and process innovation in casting. The HTRC is based off campus at Ansty Business Park just to the east of Coventry ( More information about the HTRC is available on our website:

This is a maternity cover role for up to 12 months and presents ideal opportunity to gain management experience within an industrial-scale research environment. The role is part-time for 3 days per week and the post would ideally start early January 2021. The H&S Manager will report to the Operations Director and have responsibility for maintaining health and safety standards. The Health & Safety Manager manages a part-time H&S Administrator and coaches specific H&S role holders such as H&S Champion.

The post holder will maintain a suite of health and safety policies, practices, and systems, to adhere to (and where appropriate exceed) safety legislation, minimise operational losses, accidents and injuries and health issues. They will apply their health and safety expertise to support and assist the Centre Director and Operations to generate and promote a positive health and safety culture and to control occupational risk.

This vacancy is open to internal candidates as a secondment for those who could benefit from an opportunity to develop their experience in an acting up role.

Please note, we will be unable to offer sponsorship to the successful candidate. The University reserve the right to close this vacancy early upon obtaining sufficient applications; applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory BPSS security clearance prior to commencing in post.

Main Duties/Responsibilities
  • Operating as the nominated competent person regarding the health and safety arrangements as directed by the Centre Director and Operations Director.
  • Maintenance of embedded health and safety systems and development of new systems where required.
  • Contributing to the planning, implementing, monitoring and reviewing of protective and preventative health and safety measures at the Centre.
  • Tracking and reporting health and safety statistics.
  • H&S Adviser role on the HTRC H&S Committee.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for improvement on health and safety performance and indicators
  • Contributing to the development of risk assessments and advising on how risks could be reduced. The role will also have a responsibility for maintaining the risk assessment process, record keeping, and the communication of significant findings to colleagues and research partners.
  • Assist in developing safe operational procedures which identify and take account of all relevant hazards.
  • Maintaining a schedule of regular site inspections to be undertaken by role-holders to check policies and procedures are being properly implemented.
  • Advising on aspects of safe plant and work equipment, and the safe use of buildings.
  • Maintaining a suitable record keeping system to be used by colleagues and role-holders to capture relevant information about inspection findings, incidents and accidents and producing management reports.
  • Advising on a range of specialist areas, e.g. fire regulations, hazardous substances, noise, safeguarding machinery and occupational diseases, with reference to external expertise as required.
  • Commissioning or providing in-house health and safety training and preparing reports on training activity, and maintaining records of health and safety training.
  • Keeping up to date with the legal obligations and University policy and practice relevant to health and safety.

Person Specification
  • Hold, or working towards, a professional health & safety qualification (minimum of NEBOSH Certificate).
  • Proven experience of operational processes, especially of hazardous conditions in a research and/or manufacturing environment.
  • Understanding and awareness of health & safety management systems (for example ISO 45001 or HSG65).
  • A demonstrable interest in the law and ability to understand regulations.
  • Knowledge of and significant expertise in applying independent professional judgment.
  • Analysing numerical and statistical information and presenting it clearly and accurately with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Demonstrable ability to organise and plan complex and variable schedules.
  • Demonstrable ability in problem solving and decision making.
  • Demonstrably excellent communication and an ability to work closely with a diverse group of stakeholders at all levels of seniority.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to establish strong and collaborative working relationships; motivating and influencing others.
  • Demonstrable ability to prepare and present information effectively in written reports and/or oral presentations.

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