HR Health & Safety Officer
Your new organisation
Southend-on-Sea City Council is a Unitary local authority, providing vital services to meet the needs of the local community. We employ around 1,800 staff who are working alongside our partners and local communities to deliver the Southend 2050 ambition and make lives better for the people of Southend. Southend itself is a vibrant place to live and work, offering coastal living alongside excellent and fast transport links into London.
Working for Southend-on-Sea City Council offers a challenging and rewarding career in local government within a collaborative and innovative environment. As a Unitary Authority we are responsible for all local government functions ranging from regulatory services, transport, public health and parks through to planning, social services, community safety and education, so we offer a wide range of career opportunities. The diversity of our economy and communities and investment in a number of exciting regeneration projects makes our Council a great place to work, learn and make a difference.
Your new role
We are looking for an experienced HR Health & Safety Officer to join the Health & Safety Advisory team on a full time and fixed term contract basis until 30/06/2023. The role is required on hybrid working basis, to include working remotely and based at the Council offices and on site. As a HR Health & Safety Officer, you will assist the Health & Safety Manager and Service Manager in the continuous improvement of HR and Health and Safety internal processes and procedures. You will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the service and make appropriate recommendations for its improvement and implement them as required. You will contribute to and assist in the implementation of policies and processes that maximize the effectiveness of HR Health and Safety Service.
You will devise and present specific Health and Safety workshops for face to face and e-learning. You will ensure that the Health and Safety record management systems are kept up to date in an accurate and timely manner. You will support the Health & Safety Manager in investigating and reporting on acts of violence, accidents and incidents involving either the workplace or work activity as necessary. You will Communicate with managers, employees, Trade Unions schools and other external partners on a range of Health & Safety issues.
You will be required to undertake any other duties as may be required which are appropriate for grades of post, up to and including the grade of this post.
For an informal chat about the role and/or to request a copy of the full job description, please contact Uzo Nebechi on 01702352452.
What you'll need to succeed
To be successful in this role, you will need an excellent working knowledge of the Health and Safety function. Demonstrable knowledge of the politically sensitive environment within a local authority operates would be advantageous. Experience of communicating to varied audiences in a range of ways is highly essential for this role, as it the ability to work to deadlines demonstrating tenacity and confidence while prioritizing and managing several issues at one time. Previous experience of working in a similar role within a local authority or school setting is desirable. You must be confident in the use of Microsoft office, Word, Excel, Access, Outlook.
Your application will not be considered if you do not have a NEBOSH National General Certificate. NEBOSH diploma would be advantageous.
What you'll get in return
If you join the Council, you will enjoy a range of benefits including flexible working (with a blended approach to office and home working), salary sacrifice schemes, 24 days holiday (excluding bank holidays) and excellent training and development opportunities. A full list of benefits provided by Southend-On-Sea Borough Council can be found on the Jobs at the council web page under the "Why Work for us Tab". If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV.
What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV.
Please note: Applications for this vacancy may close prior to the date advertised above so you are advised to apply as soon as you are able to.
The Council is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age, religion, or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.