Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC255560
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38969
Date Posted 16 November 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 29 November 2020
Interview Date 11 December 2020

Brief Description

Salary: £38,969 per annum
Grade: Band E
Contract Type: 2 Year Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: Sunday 29th November 2020

About Us:

Part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) an exciting opportunity exists for a dynamic Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Advisor at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s

(STFC’s) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Oxfordshire. The role is a 2-year fixed term appointment to cover maternity leave. 

STFC and RAL at the forefront of scientific and technological development creates a uniquely diverse range of SHE challenges from chemical and biological agents, through electrical and mechanical systems, to fire systems management. The STFC is involved in some of the world’s most exciting research projects and will develop new areas of science and technology – with your help.

This is a key role post within STFC facilitating the development and delivery of STFC SHE policies, and management systems. The appointee will assist RAL Laboratory management in maintaining a safe working environment for employees, tenants, visitors, contractors and academic facility users. Reporting to the RAL SHE Group leader the appointee will, with others, lead the development, implementation and improvement of SHE management systems at RAL, and more widely within the STFC.

In a small team this appointment is an opportunity for the STFC SHE Group to add specific skills and experience in areas such as: contractor management; engineering safety disciplines – electrical, mechanical, waste management, and occupational hygiene.

About the role:

This role is extremely varied with the main duties including;

  • 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
  • Manage and develop the provision of effective, efficient and professional SHE services to RAL based staff, contractors, tenants, visitors and users
  • Ensure that all RAL 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, the effectiveness and efficiency of the SHE Management System, its policies and procedures, at the RAL Laboratory and as appropriate other STFC sites
  • Communicate and liaise closely with the key stakeholders in the STFC SHE Management System 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 preparation and delivery of STFC specific SHE training programmes.

Contacts and Communication

  • Post holder will engage with STFC staff from scientist/engineer through to Department Director primarily on the RAL site but depending on work being undertaken across STFC sites
  • As a small specialist team, the post holder will engage with all members of the SHE team
  • The post holder will engage with all regulatory authorities from a health and safety perspective for the RAL site with the exception of engagement on radiation matters, for example the local fire brigade, environmental health and Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Educated to degree or HND level in a science or engineering discipline (S)
  • Demonstrable experience of successful delivery of a SHE Advisory role in science, engineering or technology sectors. (S,I)
  • NEBOSH Diploma (, or equivalent qualification, or evidence of commencement and part completion of Diploma or equivalent qualification (S,I)
  • A working knowledge of current and forthcoming changes to relevant SHE legislation. (S,I)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills (I)
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills deployed with staff at all levels and across all departments. (I)
  • Strong IT skills and specific experience of the Microsoft office software suite. (S,I)
  • Proactive with a high degree of self-motivation and independence, able to deliver under pressure and against tight deadlines. (I)
  • There will also be a requirement to visit and work other STFC sites as appropriate to the individual’s responsibilities within the STFC SHE Management System. (I)   


  • A good knowledge of SHE management systems and it safe systems of work. (I)
  • Background and knowledge of construction/engineering safety management (S,I)
  • A good knowledge of Fire Safety management (S,I)
  • A good knowledge of Change management (I)
  • A good knowledge of Project management (I)
  • A good knowledge of Emergency Management (I)


Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development STFC offer’s a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, an exceptional career average revalued earnings pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC’s careers pages

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Polaris House is located next to Swindon Train Station and has excellent public transport links. Limited parking subject to waiting list (Swindon site only).

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.


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 filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. No agencies.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Graeme Finlan, 01925 603147, email or Julie Black 01235 446378, email

The closing date for applications is Sunday 15th November 2020, and anticipated date for interviews will be Friday 27th November 2020.

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