Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC239668
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £29900 - £40014
Date Posted 10 January 2017
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 February 2017
Interview Date 13 March 2017

Salary: £29,900 - £40,014
Grade: RC-D or RC-E (dependent upon experience)
Hours: Full time
Contract type: Open ended
Closing date: 28th February 2017
Interview date: 13th March 2017

A vacancy exists within the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Group based at Daresbury Laboratory (DL) for a SHE Advisor.  Dependent on skills and experience relevant to the role appointment will be made at band D or E.

The STFC provides a wide and unique range of SHE challenges arising from the cutting edge scientific and technology programmes that it delivers in the UK and Internationally.

This is a key management post within the STFC, reporting to the Head of SHE, facilitating the development and delivery of STFC Health and Safety and Environment Policies.

In a small team this appointment is an opportunity for the STFC SHE Group to add specific skills and experience in areas as diverse as science and engineering disciplines, or waste management.


As DL Health and Safety Advisor:

Lead, with others, the development, implementation and improvement of the STFC SHE Management System across the STFC and DL in particular.

As Dpartmental SHE Contact (DSC):

Drive continuous improvement of the STFC SHE Management System within the Accelerator Science & Technology Centre (ASTeC) and the Cockcroft Institute (CI), providing detailed advice to and liaising between departmental management and SHE Group.

DL Health and Safety Advisor Responsibilities:

Provide professional SHE advice and guidance to management, employees, tenants, and facility users and support them in discharging their responsibility for the implementation of the STFC SHE Management System.

Support development of the STFC’s documented SHE Codes based upon experience of internal application, audit findings, external best practice, and legislative changes identified through horizon scanning.

Support the DL SHE Advisor in the provision of effective, efficient and professional SHE services to DL based staff, contractors, tenants, visitors and users, including all aspects of Fire Safety.

Support the DL SHE Advisor in ensuring that all SHE incidents, including near misses, fires, environmental and vehicle incidents are reported, investigated appropriately and actions established to minimise the likelihood of their repetition. Sharing STFC wide learning appropriately.

Monitor and audit, and report the effectiveness and efficiency of the SHE Management System, its policies and procedures, across STFC sites.

Communicate and liaise closely with the key stakeholders in the STFC SHE Management System through routine reports, in particular, safety and environment committees, trade union safety representatives, Departmental Safety Contacts, nominated responsible persons, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and emergency services.

Assist with the preparation and delivery of STFC specific SHE training programmes.

Departmental SHE Contact (DSC):

Provide advice on the application of the STFC SHE Management System, maintaining a high level overview of Departmental SHE hazards, and providing a key communication link between the Department and STFC SHE Group.

Act as a focus for and facilitate improvement in Departmental SHE management systems in line with the STFC SHE Management System. Examples of activities undertaken include, but are not limited to:

  • key member of Departmental SHE meetings, including the SHE Committee
  • providing advice and as appropriate take the lead in the formal investigation and documentation of Departmental SHE incidents and the follow up of any resulting actions
  • identifying and sharing relevant Departmental SHE learning from incidents for wider dissemination through SHE Group
  • facilitating, and as appropriate drafting, the communication of STFC SHE information, for example: What Why Learning posters, SHE Information posters, STFC SHE codes and their amendments, to Departmental management and staff
  • co-authoring Departmental specific SHE Management Systems or documentation for example Departmental Safety handbooks or specific safe systems of work or instructions
  • providing comprehensive operational reports to Departmental management of SHE performance and identifying and recommending issues to be addressed.

Management of a programme of Departmental SHE tours, following up findings and ensuring that corrective or preventive actions are addressed and completed.

Reviewing, authoring and reporting to senior management annually Departmental SHE performance: identifying successes; incident, SHE tour and audit trends; and actions to maintain and or improve SHE performance through an annual SHE Improvement plan to cascade to all staff.



  • educated to degree or HND level in a science or engineering discipline or demonstrable experience of successful delivery of a SHE Advisory role in a science led organisation
  • NEBOSH Diploma ( ), or equivalent qualification, or NEBOSH Certificate and evidence of academic capability to study and gain this qualification within 2 years
  • a working knowledge of current and forthcoming changes to relevant SHE legislation
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • evidence of excellent interpersonal skills deployed with staff at all levels and across all departments
  • strong IT skills and specific experience of the Microsoft office software suite
  • proactive with a high degree of self-motivation and independence, able to deliver under pressure and against tight deadlines.


  • experience of working in a multi-disciplinary science or other high technology organisations
  • good organisational skills with the ability to manage a portfolio of projects/issues effectively and efficiently, prioritising workloads to meet complex and competing operational deadlines
  • a working knowledge of workplace fire safety legislation and practices, Fire Safety Certificate
  • emergency management
  • environmental management.

 If you would like to discuss this role informally do not hesitate to contact Colin Brown, 01925 603874, e-mail

There will be a requirement to visit and work at other STFC sites such as Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we would advise you to submit your application as early as possible.

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2017. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is Monday 13th March 2017 and will be held at (Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington).

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.