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Senior Health and Safety Advisor
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/159292/17446
  • Published: Fri 01/10/2021, 9:27 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 24/10/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £45,734 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Reigate

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Senior Health and Safety Advisor

The starting salary for this position is £45,734 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.

This role is open to remote working meaning you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. We’re less about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. We care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we’d welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.

As a Senior Health and Safety Advisor at Surrey County Council, you will use your knowledge and skills to promote a positive health and safety culture in the workplace. You will promote and develop health and safety strategies, ensuring compliance with all statutory requirements within 'Land and Property' and advise the Senior Leadership Team regarding the development of the Service’s health, safety and welfare policy and procedures.  

In this role, you will provide advice and guidance to senior management and other staff on any proposed changes to legislation and other procedures required by the Health and Safety Executive and other external agencies, which will impact on service strategies, especially financial resources. Working in a team partnering other health and safety advisors within a Centre of Excellence, you will support managers to deliver a safe working environment.

We have a strong health and safety culture and are keen to enhance this further using innovative initiatives, therefore an important aspect of this role will be to provide strategic advice to 'Land and Property' to enable the service to undertake the measures necessary to comply with health and safety law (as required by Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999).

We're looking for someone who not only has extensive health and safety experience but, just as important to us, is that you have great communication skills so that you can share this knowledge with others. Negotiating and influencing skills will be crucial to support our managers in understanding your recommendations. Sometimes this will involve presenting complex information in a way that can be easily understood.

Equally, we're looking for people who can confidently work in a collaborative way - successfully motivating, coaching and developing staff!

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Experience of working within an organisation with a strong health and safety culture
  • A level 6 health and safety qualification (NEBOSH Diploma or similar)
  • Chartered Member of IOSH or working towards this
  • Proven in-depth knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and requirements in a public sector or large complex organisation
  • A good understanding of CDM
  • Sound performance management and benchmarking skills
  • Experience in planning and delivering organisational improvements.
  • Project management skills and experience

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 24.10.2021 with interviews to follow.

Please note, you will need to have a full driving licence and use of a vehicle to travel between premises where required.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Paul Booker by e-mail at

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.