Corporate Health and Safety Manager

Work from home/ Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers
G9: £44,604 to £45,583 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
08 Jul 2021
22 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
NEBOSH Qualification
NEBOSH Certification

Job title: Corporate Health and Safety Manager 

Job reference: 001936

Service Area / Directorate: Business Opportunity 

Salary and Grade: G9: £44,604 to £ 45,583 per annum - (pro rata for part time)

Contract: Fixed Term up to 12 months / Secondment 

Hours per week: 37 

Location: Work from home/ Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers 


The role

Are you an experienced, passionate and people focussed health and safety professional?

We’re looking for someone who will use their passion, knowledge and experience to promote and develop a positive health and safety culture across the Council, using your strong stakeholder management skills to ensure everyone in the organisation understands their responsibilities in making the environment in which people work safe.

At Oxford City Council, we have some really exciting ambitions including delivering more affordable housing, pursuing a zero carbon Oxford, enabling an inclusive economy and supporting thriving communities so it’s a great time to be joining.  Alongside this, we are looking at different ways of working including flexible working and home working, and your knowledge and experience will help us achieve this safely.

Your main focus will be on our employees and people practices from a health and safety perspective - one of your first tasks will be to support the Head of People to undertake a review of the health and safety strategies and approaches in place.   Some of the areas you will responsible for will be: 

  • Providing advice on health and safety matters to all stakeholders
  • Managing the Corporate approach to health and safety legislation and good practice, ensuring health and safety is embedded across the organisation
  • Interpreting national Health and Safety legislation and guidance and using it to inform policies and practices across the Council
  • Promoting, co-ordinating and monitoring health and safety performance across the Council 
  • Carrying out internal audits and inspection across the Council
  • Designing and delivering Health and Safety specific training

Whilst liaising with other health and safety professionals in the Council, this is a standalone role so you will be expected to provide hands on support, guidance and advice to the Council as well as lead on strategy, policy and procedure. 

About us

Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status.   Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) ‘Excellence in Innovation (General)’ winners 2017, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) ‘Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System’, and several ‘Team of the Year’ national and regional awards across our Service Areas. This builds on our previous success in achieving ‘Council of the Year’ in 2015. We are accredited with the Customer Service Excellence Quality Mark which helps us to ensure that the customer is always placed at the heart of everything we do.

With over 700 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide.

We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply

More information is available on the role profile document.  Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements.  More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).

For further information and how to apply online, please visit

If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848

Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history. Coronavirus information: It is intended to conduct interviews via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Jitsi; please contact us if this is not an option for you. The successful applicant will be expected to combine some level of work from home with some office attendance and site visits within the Oxford City area.  They should ensure that they have reliable and secure wifi access; a suitable workspace and are prepared to undertake distance learning and training.

Closing Date: 22 July 2021

Interview Date(s): 02 August 2021 to 06 August 2021

Late applications will not be processed

For an informal discussion about the post please email Samantha Lees, Head of People in the first instance on or contact via LinkedIn:

We are an equal opportunity employer:

We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the community we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic. 

Role purpose

  • Managing the Corporate approach to health and safety legislation and good practice, ensuring health and safety is embedded across the organisation
  • Developing, promoting and ensuring the compliance of corporate Health and Safety policies, codes of practices and procedures
  • Interpreting national Health and Safety legislation and guidance and using it to inform policies and practices across the Council Coordinating/ monitoring and promoting health and safety performance across the Council  advising, supporting and working with other Health and Safety roles and managing the governance and reporting processes
  • Carrying out internal audits and inspection across the Council
  • Designing and deliver Health and Safety specific training events
  • Having professional oversight of Health and Safety matters and providing  challenge and advise across the council and Oxford Direct Services


Role responsibilities and main duties

  • The corporate lead for advising on relevant technical and specialist health and safety matters (which includes workplace health and safety risks)
  • Promotion of safe working practices and personal responsibilities for all employees of the Council
  • Promotion and awareness of  mental health and wellbeing for all employees of the Council

Working at all levels to improve, promote and ensure compliance in Health and Safety and ensure that the approach contributes towards delivering excellent customer service, increased efficiency and productivity.

  • To maintain and build supportive relationships with other Health and Safety professionals in the Council and the wider community
  • To further embed a health and safety culture so that it becomes part of the ‘way we do things’.
  • To manage and develop the Health and Safety data systems such as PeopleSafe and RiskEx.
  • To undertake audits and inspections of Council premises / activities to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.
  • Setting and monitoring KPI’s, investigating and escalating poor Health and Safety performance and to recognise good practice and ensure this is shared and reflected across the Council.
  • To investigate and report on incidents and accidents which involve Council employees, members of the public and contractors, providing relevant advice to managers on actions to be taken.  To include liaison with the Council’s Risk and Insurance Officer, Legal department, Human Resources, Housing Services etc. as necessary
  • Liaise with the HSE and other enforcing authorities on any regulatory interventions or investigations as directed.
  • To facilitate and advise on the risk assessment process, including assessments required under other legislation such as COSHH and manual handling.
  • To identify corporate health and safety training needs and to assist managers in the identification of service specific training needs; thereby developing, organising and undertaking a comprehensive training programme to all staff, including induction.
  • Provide updates on relevant changes to health and safety legislation, guidance and alerts.
  • Use executive powers (on behalf of the Chief Executive, elected members and Service Heads / Directors, to stop any work activities where there is a serious and imminent risk of injury to make sure the Council acts within the law.
  • Advise Corporate Board / Senior Management on health and safety matters;
  • To be a recognised point of contact for health and safety acting on behalf of the council for external events e.g. St Giles Fair 
  • Maintain a level of CPD, to provide sufficient knowledge to enable the role to be carried out effectively
  • Benchmark and undertake research into data, policies and best practice to develop and continuously improve
  • To provide leadership / coaching / mentorship and clear direction to engage all staff on matters pertaining to health and safety.
  • Lead and manage colleagues who assist with additional health and safety duties e.g. DSE Assessors / Health and Safety Reps / Champions etc.
  • Produce and interpret Health and Safety data / metrics for review by committees, advising on trends and providing solutions through a risk based approach and considering financial and resource implications
  • Monitor and report on Health and Safety budget, ensuring value for recommendations are sourced

The duties and responsibilities set out in this role profile are indicative of the role.  They are however, subject to change and you will be required from time to time to undertake other duties commensurate with your grade.

Our commitment to Safeguarding

Oxford City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to demonstrate this commitment in every aspect of their work.