Fire Safety Advisor Ref 8786

School/department: Office of the General Counsel, Governance and Compliance
Hours: Part time hours considered up to a maximum of 0.5 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 8786
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 31 May 2022
Closing date: 27 June 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 01 September 2022

Job description

The Health and Safety Team support the University of Sussex in delivering a safe working environment for over 2000 staff and 19000 students on the Falmer Campus (over 200 acres) and a range of off-site locations.  The Health and Safety Team’s key purpose is to promote and improve the safety culture within key areas of the University.

This is a part-time opportunity for a Fire Safety Advisor, working within a team of 8 who provide health and safety services to the University.   Services include providing advice and guidance, conducting investigations, undertaking audits/inspections, delivering training, producing reports and health and safety policies and guidance. This role will have a focus on improving fire safety within the University of Sussex campus and its offsite buildings and facilities, and will include undertaking and reviewing fire risk assessments.

The key function of this post is to provide an excellent standard of professional fire safety advice/guidance to University Schools & Departments.

Duties of this post will include.

  • To implement the requirements of the university-wide fire safety strategy and to assist in the planning of the university’s fire safety activities under the direction of the Head of Health & Safety and Fire Safety Manager.
  • To implement and keep under review a range of policies and procedures on fire safety and ensure an effective framework for monitoring of fire safety compliance and safety practice.
  • To provide a professional advisory service on the range of fire safety issues affecting the university.
  • To advise and identify appropriate methods for the evacuation of disabled persons under the Equality Act 2010 and undertake related Personal Emergency Evacuation Procedures (PEEPS)
  • To undertake a program of fire safety risk assessments in accordance with The Fire Safety Order and associated legislation.
  • Investigate fire and fire related accidents or incidents and to make appropriate recommendations regarding preventative measures.
  • Coordinate and work with site managers and Schools in the implementation of a risk-based approach to all necessary practice fire drills and emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Working in partnership with the universities estates and facilities team on new and ongoing projects in relation to fire safety
  • To provide a professional advisory service including all matters concerned with fire prevention, fire safety and emergency procedures/ fire safety issues affecting the university.
  • To assist in the preparation of reports by providing relevant information and attendance at meetings of the university safety committee and or relevant sub committees as and when required.  Attendance at other such meetings, e.g., school/faculty safety committees, building fire safety group or ad hoc meetings in relation with fire safety.
  • Developing and delivering fire safety briefings/ tool box talks
  • To provide training for staff in relation to fire safety issues including fire warden training and evacuation equipment training.
  • Note taking at meetings and some clerical duties will be required as part of this role.

In addition to this a successful applicant will be expected to perform other tasks as called upon by the Head of Health and Safety, including some distinct project work in support of the core departmental goal of promoting a safe working culture. The appointee must be prepared to work occasionally outside normal working hours including some early mornings and evenings.

The role offers great potential for an insightful and innovative Fire Safety professional to make a substantial, lasting impact, working in collaboration with a team of Safety Professionals. You will have practical experience of undertaking fire risk assessments and advising on fire safety, and be confident in applying this in an academic environment. Of key importance will be your ability to build a rapport with the full spectrum of staff and students.

Please contact Graham Gray, for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 8786 [PDF 219.29KB]

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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