Health and Safety Advisor Ref 6347

School/department: Office of the General Counsel, Governance and Compliance
HoursFull time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE / 36.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 6347
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time 
Placed on: 22 November 2021
Closing date:  14 December 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: to be confirmed 
Expected start date: to be confirmed 

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 full time opportunity for a Health and Safety Advisor, working within a team of 7 who provide health and safety services to the University.   Services include providing advice and guidance, conducting investigations, undertaking audits/inspections, producing reports and health and safety policies and guidance. As the University has extensive facilities management responsibilities and a considerable construction project on campus over the next 6 years, the post holder will need experience in engineering or construction projects and/or facilities management.

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

Duties of this post will include.

  • Working in partnership with the universities estates and facilities team on new and ongoing projects
  • Providing health and safety advice to Schools and Professional Services Staff
  • Running local audits/inspections and supporting Schools with external audits/ inspections
  • Providing an interpretation of any changes in legislation before disseminating key content to relevant members of the University
  • Updating and developing new policies/guidance
  • Incident investigation
  • Reviewing risk assessments
  • Attending safety committee meetings
  • Developing and delivering H&S briefings/ tool box talks
  • 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 role offers great potential for an insightful and innovative health and safety professional to make a substantial, lasting impact, working in collaboration with a team of Safety Professionals. You will have the know-how to advise on a wide range of ‘general’ Health & Safety issues 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 Katie Bennett, 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 the full job description and person specification (reference number 6347) (PDF XKB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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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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