Job Specific Information
Health and Safety Manager
Human Resources (Corporate Services)
Grade: B1 APT
Section 1: Job description
The Corporate Services Directorate from September 2009 will comprise of
Communications, Human Resources, and Information Services, Legal Services and
Governance; and Organisational and Professional Development.
Health and Safety is located within Human Resources Division, which provides an
integrated and cost effective national service. Human Resources consists of the following
• HR Strategy
• HR Operations
• HR Business Partnering
• Health and Safety
The role will assist the Head of Health and Safety with development of strategic
direction and driving implementation through the provision of health and safety
advice and support across the organisation to create a safe and healthy
workplace. The postholder will work closely with regional health and safety
contacts and be responsible for delivering central health and safety functions.
Encourage, support and mentor H&S officers in the regions.
Line management of the Health & Safety Administrator.
Provide health and safety advice across the organisation.
Develop and implement Health & Safety policies on new initiatives.
Develop and maintain health and safety sections of the intranet and other
sources of guidance.
Investigate and follow through on accident and incident investigations.
Produce reports on health and safety performance for senior management
and the health and safety committee.
Identify and respond to organizational health and safety needs as they
Undertake and manage a range of projects as they arise.
Build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
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To effectively lead, and manage resources to ensure effective performance in
accordance with Ofsted’s policies, procedures and values.
To regularly monitor the progress of actions and evaluate the impact of
outcomes, making timely interventions to remedy any slippage.
To contribute to organisational development initiatives as required.
To manage financial and other resources and risks effectively and in
accordance with Ofsted’s procedures.
To adhere to responsibilities under health & safety legislation and policies.
To demonstrate a positive commitment to equalities and diversity.
To contribute to building a “One Ofsted” culture.
Additional requirements of the role
Based in London, there will also be the occasional requirement to travel to other
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Section 2: Person specification
Knowledge, skills and experience Essential/ Tested by
Holds a NEBOSH Diploma (or level 6 Essential Application form
equivalent), or Health & Safety Degree. Verification at Interview
Graduate Member of IOSH Essential Application form
Verification at Interview
Chartered Member of IOSH or actively Desirable Application form
working towards attaining CMIOSH. Verification at Interview
Strong knowledge of the health and safety Essential Work-based assessment/
legislative framework. Interview
Knowledge of best practice in health and Essential Application form/
safety. Work-based assessment/
Knowledge and experience of effectively Desirable Application form/
managing health and safety in a similar Interview
organisation to Ofsted.
Understanding of the internal and external Essential Interview
environments and their impact on the
work of the health and safety function.
Experiencing of managing people and Essential Application form/
promoting change. Interview
Influencing the behaviour and actions of Essential Application form/
other teams. Work-based assessment/
Developed communications, influencing Essential Work-based assessment/
and negotiating skills, to represent the Interview
work area both within Ofsted and
externally, developing effective working
Sound written communication skills (e.g. Essential Work-based assessment/
report writing). Interview
Ability to manage conflicting priorities and Essential Work-based assessment/
interests, reconciling different priorities, Interview
achieving co-operation and building
Problem-solving and analysis skills to Essential Application form/
enable effective contribution to strategic Work-based assessment/
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Ability to advise and/or make Essential Application form/
recommendations to decision-makers that Work-based assessment/
are well-founded, appropriate to the Interview
context, and reliable to influence the
course of action or thinking.
Ability to provide effective resource
management, including people and Essential Interview
financial management of delegated budget
for the work area.
Numerate and able to work with data and Essential Interview
Commitment to working in accordance Essential Interview
with Ofsted’s manager competencies and
Demonstrable commitment to promoting Essential Interview
equalities and diversity.
Resilient, organised and a problem solver, Essential Interview
who is prepared to work independently.
Competencies (these are all essential)
This means being able to see the bigger picture as well as the detail and setting a
clear direction and goals in line with Ofsted’s priorities. It means leading change and
encouraging innovation. It also means establishing networks and creating
opportunities for engagement and involvement.
This means actively modelling and promoting Ofsted’s values and being committed to
the organisation’s success. It means being able to manage conflicting priorities and
act decisively. It also means communicating in a clear and compelling way to
different audiences, championing equalities and fostering a culture of trust and
Effective team working and leadership
This means being able to lead and develop teams, manage performance and provide
feedback to help individuals and teams develop and excel. It means recognising and
celebrating individual and team achievement and improved performance and actively
promoting diversity. It also means creating a sense of ownership and encouraging
others to take managed risks in order to develop the service.
Providing a quality service
This means establishing a culture of high aspirations and always looking outwards. It
means managing resources effectively in line with Ofsted’s procedures and actively
securing value for money. It also means focusing on the outcomes for users and
ensuring services are accessible and relevant to users from a range of backgrounds.
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Section 3: Terms and conditions
This is a permanent, full-time (36 hours a week excluding lunch breaks)
pensionable post based at our London office, with some national travel required.
Whilst this post is currently based at our London office future changes will
require the flexibility to be based at alternative locations which may not include
The grade for the post is B1 APT and the salary will be £37,671 as from 1 August
Other key elements of our reward package are:
32.5 days annual leave plus eight day’s public holiday
Home working allowance (if applicable to the role)
Membership of the Nuvos pension scheme
For more information about working for Ofsted and our terms and conditions
please see the document on our website.
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Section 4: Application and selection
Applications must be made using our application form and there is a guidance
document available to help you with your application. The closing date for
submission of applications is 1 September 2009 but earlier receipt would assist
us. We will acknowledge your application. Late applications will not be considered
so please ensure they reach us by the closing date.
Your application and associated documents should be submitted by:
Email to: email@example.com
Post to: HR Organisation Review Team
You should clearly mark your application with the correct reference number
If you have difficulty in downloading an application form, please contact the
Organisation Review Team on 020 7421 5828. For further information about the
role, please contact Jennifer Mulgrew-Smith, Head of Health & Safety on 020
If you are disabled and wish to discuss any aspect of the recruitment process
please don’t hesitate to contact us on the above number.
All applications will be considered by the selection panel. The panel will consider
the relevant skills, knowledge and experience as well as the competencies
demonstrated in the application form. We will inform you whether or not you
were successful at shortlist stage.
Interviews and assessment
The most suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview and
assessment, which is most likely to be held on 16 September 2009.
The work based assessment, and interview will explore how you meet the
competencies which have been identified as key to the role.
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