Director of Health and Safety

Competitive salary with excellent benefits

The University of Leicester has a proud history, founded in the aftermath of World War I as a living memorial to those who lost their lives in the Great War. Our motto – Ut Vitam Habeant, ‘so that they may have life’ – reflects our values to do justice to the hopes and expectations of those on whose shoulders we now stand, striving to make a difference in everything that we do.

While proud of our heritage, Leicester is a university that keeps an eye on the future. Today, our University is a global player in education and research, adapting to changing landscapes and seizing opportunities to shape the future.

The University is seeking to make the influential senior appointment to the post of Director of Health and Safety.  The postholder will have a key strategic input to the University Leadership Team, to ensure that health and safety is a core organisational priority. You will act as the University’s lead in relation to health and safety and – as such – will be accountable for the implementation of an organisational strategy that is aligned with other core strategic priorities of the institution. A key focus will be to work closely with and support senior stakeholders, ensuring they are able to demonstrate visible understanding, compliance and management of health and safety within their areas of responsibility.

We are seeking an individual with significant experience in a health and safety leadership role across a large, complex organisation with a broad range of core activities.  With a background and professional qualification in the health and safety industry, you will possess a proven track record of delivering health and safety management initiatives that drive organisational change and performance improvement.  

To be a success in the role the appointed candidate will need to be a skilled negotiator with a high-level of influencing skills and energy, and the excellent interpersonal and communication skills required to operate influentially across a large organisation with a diverse range of stakeholder groups.

This role represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to take up a transformative health and safety leadership role across an organisation undertaking diverse activities, including the provision of a high-quality student experience, teaching and learning, ground-breaking research, student accommodation provision and capital build projects that need to include a focus on the wellbeing of both staff and students.

For a confidential discussion and/or the Candidate Brief, please contact our retained advisor Michael Hewlett of The Management Recruitment Group.

Closing date for applications is 14 January 2019.

First stage interviews are scheduled for week commencing 4 February 2019

Final stage interviews are scheduled for Thursday 21 February 2019