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Senior Health and Safety Manager

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 19th May 2024

Reference number: 349097

Salary: £40,808

Contract type: Permanent

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Location: Swansea

About the job

At the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), we encourage applications from everyone, particularly groups currently underrepresented in our workforce. We pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has and promote inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all. Our recruitment process is anonymised, which means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

Are you a health and safety professional with experience of working within a large complex corporate environment?

Do you enjoy developing and implementing policies to promote safety?

Are you confident in leading and managing others to achieve business objectives?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

This is a fantastic opportunity to deliver and maintain a strong health and safety culture whilst maintaining compliance. You will also have exposure to a wide range of stakeholders both external and internal, enabling you to build relationships across DVLA.

Job description

We are looking for a pragmatic and confident individual to lead our small and dynamic health and safety team, where you will work in a fast paced and varied environment where no two days are the same. You will need to have the capability to work under your own initiative, ensuring that you provide a high quality service which is delivered on time and taking ownership of key decisions that need to be made. 

This role is pivotal to ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation across the DVLA estates located in Morriston, Ty-Felin, Swansea Vale and Birmingham. You will be responsible for monitoring and auditing statutory compliance of Principal Service Providers and contractors, managing the risk assessment process and taking the lead in specialist accident investigations, incidents and near misses. You will work with colleagues across the business and with external stakeholders, providing competent and effective advice as well as confidently managing health and safety issues as they arise. You will also be required to attend regular trade union meetings acting as liaison.


Your responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  • Establishing management schedules for monitoring of services provided by Principal Services Partners to determine levels of statutory compliance and application of industry best practices, you will prioritise areas for review and monitoring to those with the highest risk to health and safety, business continuity and operational control
  • Provision of specialist health and safety guidance, advice and support throughout the Agency at all levels and facilitate training and mentoring for the Health and Safety Team
  • Taking the lead in significant accident, incident or near miss investigations, identifying root causes and developing control measures to prevent recurrence. As necessary, acting as a health and safety expert witness/Subject Matter Expert (SME) on behalf of the Agency for investigations, court cases and personal injury claims. Regularly reviewing accident statistics for trends or significant areas of concern
  • Taking the lead in regular health and safety meetings including Trade Union, DfT, Regulatory or wider Agency meetings and conferences
  • Providing line management for all staff falling within management remit, conducting regular 1-2-1 meetings and providing support and mentoring for staff. Discussing and addressing attendance, behavioural and staff concerns with staff in line with Agency HR Policies and Procedures


Nebosh General Certificate in health and safety (mandatory)

Lead auditor (if not already, you must be willing to work towards this when in role)

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