Health and Safety Manager

Portsmouth, Hampshire
Band 12 - £44,862 - £48,874 p.a.
04 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
3516 - 4253
Contract Type
Full Time
NEBOSH Qualification
NEBOSH Diploma

Health and Safety Manager

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

You will support the Chief Executive and the senior management leadership team by providing a professional lead on the Corporate Health and Safety agenda for Portsmouth City Council.

To ensure the Council meets the legislative requirements and protects employees and customers using Council premises and services.

To work proactively with the elected members, Corporate Management Team, managers, employees and other stakeholders to establish and maintain a system that promotes a culture of safe working practices across the Council.

The post holder is the nominated competent Health and Safety Advisor for Portsmouth City Council as required by law, and provides leadership for the in house Health and Safety team.

Please see the full Job Profile attached below for all of the main duties of the role.

What you’ll need to succeed

Essential Requirements:

Skills and abilities

  • Detailed Knowledge and understanding of current Health & Safety best practice, employment law and Health & Safety policies and procedures.
  • The ability to apply a risk based approach to Health and Safety and make appropriate recommendations within financial constraints.
  • The ability to present and communicate ideas and issues effectively to a wide range of individuals and groups.
  • The ability to provide practical, innovative solutions to corporate and strategic issues
  • Ability to manage and motivate people to achieve high levels of performance.
  • Good understanding and demonstrate application of performance management techniques
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Highly developed inter-personal skills including experience of successful mediation and problem solving skills
  • To be customer focussed in the delivery of the Council’s services
  • Builds understanding and commitment to transformational change.
  • Actively seeks opportunities for improvement in organisational processes and activity.
  • Works collaboratively with others to deliver the best outcomes.
  • Builds relationships of trust and alliances with customers groups.
  • Listens to and respects the opinions of others.
  • Asks for, reflects upon and acts on feedback.
  • Takes responsibility for own development.
  • Able to work occasional flexible hours to meet the requirements


  • Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) or working towards Chartered Status
  • Degree level education in related subject area or equivalent professional experience, e.g. NEBOSH Diploma.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development

Experience and Skills

  • Significant experience in a Health and Safety role at managerial level.
  • Experience of working at a strategic level and development of the organisation
  • Experience of developing and implementing Health & Safety policies, databases and systems
  • To have a strong track record in the delivering improvements in Health and

Safety performance.

  • To have managed all aspect of service performance including goal setting and performance review.
  • To have ability to provide balanced professional advice and guidance to senior decision makers.
  • Experience of conducting Health and Safety investigations and developing preventive measures.
  • Excellent level of IT literacy

Desirable Requirements:


  • National Certificate Fire Safety or equivalent

Experience and Skills

  • Management or oversight of Fire Safety management
  • A commitment to continuous improvement and customer service working with stakeholders, internal and external partners, trade unions and service providers.
  • Project Management Experience
  • Experience of facilitating/commissioning training programmes to meet business/individual training requirements
  • Experience of the management and delivery of change management programmes
  • Understanding of the legislation and issues affecting Local Government and Health & Safety Policy.
  • Knowledge of John Seddon, The Vanguard Method and systems thinking.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.