​Head of SHEQ

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North West - All Permanent August 13th 2019 circa £ 50k plus car allowance and full benefits package APH/FP/2019/1308HOS Pippa Holland

Head of SHEQ


Circa £ 50k plus car allowance and full benefits package

Our client is a large construction services contractor. They are looking to recruit a Head of SHEQ to work with the board to develop and implement the SHEQ strategy and to deliver culture change throughout the organisation in relation to health and safety as well as full management of the SHEQ function.



To develop and implement the SHEQ strategy across the company with support from the Board of Directors

To evaluate and report on progress towards achieving objectives agreed in the SHEQ strategy, identifying how further improvements can be made

Behavioural Safety

To develop and implement a behavioural safety programme throughout the organisation

To lead a change programme to improve business performance and instil an effective culture

To embed a positive culture towards health and safety across the business based on a ‘behavioural safety’ approach

To coach Directors and managers to implement safety improvement practices within the business

Learning and Development

To coach Directors, managers and employees in matters relating to SHEQ

To attend Directors’ Executive Planning Meetings as required

To meet regularly with Regional Directors and Branch Managers to support SHEQ at branches

To undertake training needs analyses in relation to SHEQ

To design effective learning materials for SHEQ including classroom training and tool box talks

To evaluate effectiveness of learning methods

To assist Branch Managers with SHEQ training for Contracts Staff

To advise on appropriate external SHEQ training for staff and operatives

To develop and deliver the SHEQ modules as part of the in-house Management Trainee Programme


To provide line management to health and safety staff including conducting monthly 1:1 meetings and appraisals

To support health and safety employees’ development and progression in the business

To manage use of external health and safety consultants

Policies, Procedures and Risk Assessments

To design policies and procedures relating to SHEQ

To keep up to date with legislation and best practice relating to SHEQ, and recommend improvements to policies and procedures as a result.


To undertake accident investigation of serious accidents and write reports

To engage external health and safety consultants to investigate accidents where required

To liaise with HSE and other statutory authorities where necessary

To identify root causes of environmental and health and safety related issues

To communicate learning from accident investigations and from the reporting of near miss and undesirable circumstances

To monitor progress against targets for accident reduction


To design and improve processes which support accreditation (e.g. ISO 9001, 14001, 45001, Achilles)

To ensure accreditations necessary for the companies work are maintained

To support accreditation audits where required

Site Inspections

To agree programmes of site inspections with health and safety advisor(s)

To undertake site inspections across the UK

To amalgamate and communicate learning effectively from site inspections

Office Administration

To use Microsoft Office packages (especially Word, Excel and Outlook) to carry out work

To use bespoke applications and documents relating to health and safety to SHEQ within the company

To support the running of a small office including answering telephone calls as required

To follow the companies policies and procedures

To maintain accurate records


To support staff in completing pre-qualification questionnaires in relation to SHEQ

To undertake disciplinary investigations relating to serious alleged SHEQ breaches

To set a strong, positive example

To undertake any other reasonable tasks as directed by the Board of Directors

Person Specification

Personal Qualities

People focused, capable of building relationships with people at all levels

Skilled influencer, demonstrating ability to help others to change

Highly developed inter-personal skills

Ability to manage a high workload and prioritise effectively

Flexible, able to adapt to meet business needs and to work effectively with a range of people

Self-motivated, able to work with limited direction

Strong leadership skills

Willingness to travel throughout the UK including overnight stays

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

Demonstrable experience of leading and delivering behavioural change in a health and safety role including accident reduction

Knowledge of best practice in behavioural safety

Understanding of human psychology and how to support behaviour change

Sound knowledge of SHEQ legislation

Understanding of risk assessments, method statements and COSHH assessments

Understanding and experience of delivering effective learning and training

Coaching skills

Experience of managing others

Commercial awareness and ability to support others to make a profit without compromising safety

Demonstrable commitment to continuing professional development

IT skills, with particular strength in Microsoft Excel

Full driving licence


Graduate or Chartered Membership of IOSH

NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent (NVQ 6)


Experience of construction industry

Experience of working within an organisation based over multiple sites

Experience of ISO standards

Experience of quality management systems