Health & Safety Adviser - (Construction)

  • Salary:
  • Job ID: 165404
  • Category: GENERAL

Immediate start - Temporary role

Fulltime hours

£17.88 per hour


Reporting to the Senior Health and Safety Adviser/Auditor, this is a key post in the University Health and Safety Service (HSS), involving the provision of frontline health and safety (H&S) services across all areas other than those dealt with by topic specialists (bio-safety, radiation and fire). The post-holder will also play an important role in developing standards and the provision of training, as well as taking responsibility for specific elements of the HSS proactive workload.


This is a wide ranging, generalist H&S role requiring excellent communications and organisational skills, combines with an exemplary professional approach.



  • A degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject area;

  • NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent.



  • Demonstrable up-to-date knowledge of health and safety law.



  • Proven ability understand and assess scientific and technical content of research risk assessments;

  • Excellent, demonstrable inter-personal skills with the ability to relate to, and engage, staff, students and others, at all levels within the University and externally;

  • Excellent, demonstrable oral communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly and succinctly with staff, students, and others at all levels within the University and externally;

  • Excellent, demonstrable written communication skills, producing succinct reports to a high standard of presentation;

  • Excellent , demonstrable presentation skills;

  • Strong, demonstrable computer and keyboard skills with proficiency in using Microsoft Word, email and the internet;

  • Proven ability to demonstrate a professional and authoritative when representing the HSS and the University at all levels both internally and externally;

  • Excellent, demonstrable listening and negotiating skills; and

  • Proven ability to work with minimum supervision.


Personal attributes

  • Resilience and persistence;

  • Ability to foster strong and productive partnerships with internal and external services;

  • A finisher with excellent attention to detail; and

  • A strong preference for, and commitment to, team working.




  • Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner (CMIOSH or CFIOSH);

  • Extensive post-qualification H&S practice experience, gained in large, complex organisations with a wide range of hazards;

  • Extensive experience of undertaking risk assessments;

  • Experience of undertaking research in a scientific/engineering discipline;

  • Practical experience of developing and implementing H&S management systems;

  • Experience of auditing H&S management systems against a recognised standard;

  • Track record of providing sensible, proportionate H&S advice;

  • Ability to apply the principles of good practice in H&S risk management to unusual and non-standard problems, proposing practical and proportionate solutions;

  • Confident and engaging trainer with excellent skills in training and developing others, and designing and delivering training materials;

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tack and discretion;

  • Ability to influence people at all levels through reasoned, persuasive arguments;

  • Good day-to-day knowledge and experience of using PowerPoint, Excel and Access