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Senior Safety Officer

Irwin & Colton
Up to £46475 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Job Role
Health & Safety Advisor, Health & Safety Officer
Contract Type
Full Time
NEBOSH Qualification
NEBOSH Certification

Job Details

Senior Safety Officer
Up to £46,475 + £1,760 OLW + Excellent Benefits
Flexible locations across the UK

Irwin and Colton are delighted to have been engaged by The Scouts Association to recruit several new Senior Safety Officers for their Health and Safety team. The organisation has over 500,000 members nationwide, spread across 8,000 hubs; all of which are being run and organised entirely by volunteers. Each of these hubs provides the opportunity for young people, from aged 4 upwards to undertake outward bound activities on a regular basis, so therefore incur challenging risks. This role is an ideal opportunity for someone who likes adventure and outdoor activities.

The role will be home-based with some regional travel every month, including roughly two monthly visits to the Head office in Chingford, East London. This role will report to the National Health and Safety Manager.

The Scouts prides itself on being an excellent employer (Investors in People gold standard) - the culture is collaborative and supportive, and employees are encouraged to work in a highly flexible way. Their pension, health and leave arrangements are generous and they will provide an excellent induction and training into this unique organisation which really changes young people's lives.

Responsibilities of the Senior Safety Officer will include:

  • Manage a small team of Safety Officers, providing clear objectives, advice and expertise
  • Ensure sites and scouting activities are fully compliant with both UK legislation and the Scouts' detailed safety rules and guidance
  • Provide members with specialist technical advice and support in the area of safety, outdoor activities and adventure
  • Conduct health and safety audits in line with the Scouts' Safety Quality Framework, identify areas of non-compliance and take appropriate action to rectify these
  • Work with local volunteer line managers to ensure the delivery of safe scouting to members, through compliance, quality assurance, and data insights

The successful Senior Safety Officer will have:

  • NEBOSH Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Extensive experience in Health and Safety/leading high risk activities
  • Ability to motivate and manage a small team
  • Excellent communication skills with proven experience engaging colleagues, volunteers and staff
  • Ability to fully appreciate the nature of a volunteer delivered service and ability to influence and sensitively achieve compliance with safety requirements
  • Enthusiasm and the desire to really make a difference in health and safety
  • Knowledge of outdoor and adventurous activities, including residential experiences, including new and developing trends
  • Valid UK Driver's License

This is an excellent opportunity to work for one of the UK's most historical and respected charities. For more information and to apply please contact Elizabeth Ferguson at or 01923 433 215.


Irwin and Colton is a specialist recruitment company supporting health, safety, environment and sustainability professionals in creating a safe and sustainable future for the world.

We recruit experienced HSE professionals from Advisor through to Director level, covering all industry sectors and working across the UK and internationally.

For more information please visit or call 01923 432 633.

Company info
+44 (0) 1923 432 633
Cardinal Point
Park Road

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