Fire Safety Officer Ref 0509

School/department: Estates & Facilities Management Safety Office  
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). 
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 0509
Salary: starting at £40,792 and rising to £48,677 per annum
Placed on: 10 December 2018 
Closing date: 21 January 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: TBC

Job description

This is a full time, opportunity for an experienced, individual to provide both strategic influence and hands-on support to the University of Sussex in managing safety. As the University of Sussex’s Fire Safety Officer you will be expected to provide specialist advice and support at all levels of the organisation.

This includes;

  • Helping to develop estates strategies with relation to fire safety
  • Conducting and arranging for external providers to carry out Fire Risk assessments
  • Providing legislative, specialist technical fire safety advice
  • Supporting construction projects
  • Formulate, develop, revise and implement policy and guidance relating to fire safety
  • Liaising with external regulators with regards to University fire safety strategy.
  • Consult on building emergency plans
  • Overseeing the program of annual building evacuation drills organised by building managers
  • Engaging with students to ensure they have an awareness of fire safety
  • Incident investigations
  • Providing training to members of the University
  • Performing trend analysis

The role offers great potential for an innovative individual to make a, lasting impact working in support of a team of Safety Professionals. Experienced in the management of fire risks you will have the ability to grasp technical concepts, plus the know-how to advise on Health & Safety in an academic environment and to design/deliver training. Of key importance will be your ability to build a rapport with the full spectrum of staff and students.

There is an expectation that a proportion of time will be spent training other members of the team in your specialist area. This may include mentoring junior members of the team.

Download job description and person specification Ref 0509 [PDF 97.30KB]

How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] 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 (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) 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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