Health and Safety Manager

  • Job Reference: HSEJobs
  • Date Posted: 7 April 2021
  • Recruiter: Bright Horizons
  • Location: Field based with travel as necessary
  • Salary: £45,000 to £50,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: plus car allowance
  • Sector: Health & Safety Manager
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Health and Safety Manager

Salary Banding: £45,000 - £50,000 plus car allowance

Hours: Full time working 37.5 hours Monday- Friday

Location: Field based with travel as necessary

Purpose of Role:

The Health and Safety Manager will work closely with the Head of Health and Safety to embed a proactive and effective health and safety strategy.

The role will also work closely with the Operations, Facilities and Legal teams, to  ensure best practice is implemented in accordance with the Company health and safety policies and procedures to keep everyone safe.

This role comes with accountability for significantly contributing to the realisation of the company business objectives through ensuring the provision of the highest quality safety and care practices, which in turn ensures the safety of the children, families, employees, visitors and contractors.

Keeping Everyone Safe is a key value for the Company as well as its number one priority. The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for maintaining the health and safety policies and procedures in addition to maintaining  robust health and safety management systems to support the objective of Keeping Everyone Safe.

The Health and Safety Manager will manage a team of Keeping Everyone Safe Leads who regularly review the operations and standards of practice in line with all current Health and Safety  legislation and who provide advice and guidance as part of their responsibilities. The team are responsible for ensuring alignment of the Company’s behavioural safety framework with all areas of risk, including safeguarding, child protection, occupational health, wellbeing, data (electronic and Hardcopy) and buildings, indoor and outdoor learning environments, facilities and equipment.

The role promotes a positive health and safety culture within the organisation to provide clear advice on Health and Safety management and practical and clear guidance on Health and Safety matters to colleagues of varying degrees of specialist knowledge.

Role modelling the highest standards of health and Safety and behaviour in line with our HEART principles and delivering or exceeding all key performance indicators are key to creating and developing a culture of performance excellence.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

To be responsible for the day to day personnel management of the staff within the Health and Safety Team. In collaboration with HR and Operations colleagues complete effective annual performance appraisals of all direct reports and contribute to succession planning, identification of training, and ensure robust personal development plans (PDPs), including coaching and mentoring for high performing team members.
To support the Head of Health and Safety in driving the Health and Safety strategy and action plans to ensure alignment with the company strategic objectives
To support the Health and Safety Team in the investigation of accidents or incidents which occur at the nurseries.
To embed HEART culture, values, and behaviours, to drive quality improvement and excellent safe practices across all working environments making a positive contribution to service and operational excellence across the business
To ensure a Children First approach to the physical safety, health and wellbeing, including regulatory compliance, liaising with all aspects of the business
To ensure that a first-class service is provided to all key stakeholders in the business delivering high level advice and guidance and support where required.
To play a key role in the development and implementation of an effective health and safety training programme to ensure best practice and compliance at all times.
To regularly review all Bright Horizons Health and Safety Policy and Procedures, ensuring that these are up to date and in line with all relevant health and safety legislation.
To support nurseries in the effective implementation of health and safety policies.
To develop and maintain central records of risk assessments, accident and incident reports using the internal system AIMS (Accident & Incident Management System); regularly review and analyse the data and management information to identify hazards and trends through regular reporting to the Head of Health and Safety.
To support the Head of Health and Safety in reporting all accidents and incidents in accordance with RIDDOR to the HSE.
In collaboration with HR and Operations colleagues complete effective annual performance appraisals of all direct reports and contribute to succession planning, identification of training, and ensure robust personal development
plans (PDPs), including coaching and mentoring for high performing team members.
Regular liaison with external bodies such as the Primary Authority, Ofsted, Care Inspectorate, Fire Brigade, EHO etc. as and when required.
To develop the required capability and efficiency of the Health and Safety Team to enable outstanding performance and achievement of improvement targets. Plan and provide suitable professional development activities and opportunities for personal growth, within a culture of self-drive development to encourage individual and team expertise in all aspects of health and safety practice, development and learning, to secure a highly effective, motivated and innovative team.
To oversee and agree Keeping Everyone Safe Leads’ workstreams and projects, to ensure quality improvement and improved health and safety standards, consistent embedded practice and health and safety excellence in all areas of the business
To work proactively with managers and other key staff to establish and maintain a programme of continuous improvement including supporting the team in undertaking regular internal audits and ensuring subsequent actions are followed up and completed.
To take responsibility for own personal and professional development, accessing high level professional and technical training that inform health and safety standards of excellence based on national and international perspectives of ‘best practice’.

Essential Experience:

CMIOSH (or working towards) with at least 5 years’ experience in managing a health and safety team preferably within the education sector
A pragmatic, solution focused approach using risk evaluation and suitable control measures
Ability to keep abreast of current health and safety regulations, guidance and research.
Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels both within and external to the business.
Ability to work under pressure and deliver a good standard of work.
Able to cope with a variety of tasks and prioritise work according to strict and competing deadlines.
Ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality at all times.
Management of staff experience.
Experience Desirable:

Previous experience of working in education, Early Years environments
Previous experience of managing a team of health and safety with evidence of improving the quality outcomes over time
Lead Auditor Role qualification OHSAS 18001/ISO45001 or equivalent
Knowledge of Local Authority and Regulatory requirements and food safety and environmental health matters


Broad Academic education
Professional qualification in Environmental, Health and Safety Management
Evidence of continuous professional development and awareness of current Health and Safety initiatives
Chartered Member of Institute of Safety and Health (CMIOSH) or working towards
Accident Investigation Trained
DSE Assessor
Full, clean driving licence

Personal attributes:

Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with staff at all levels. 
Highly motivated and driven and able to meet deadlines
Strong customer focused approach
High energy and thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Calm approach and ‘can-do’ attitude
Encourages colleagues to realise their potential and empowers high performers
Excellent report writing skills
Able to use data and numerical detail effectively to implement improvements
Ability to travel within the UK; flexibility to work at home or from a regional office as required, with overnight stays as necessary
We look forward to receiving your application!

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application that you disclose any information requested in respect of applicable convictions and cautions (including, as applicable any reprimands or final warnings). This post may be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, in which case applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act unless the conviction or caution is “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Any such ‘protected’ conviction or caution is not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. All guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found in the DBS filtering collection, available here: The fact that a pending charge, conviction, caution, reprimand or final warning has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this role but any failure to disclose any such information will result in dismissal or disciplinary action.