Compliance Assistant

Posted about 1 year ago by ABP
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Competitive Salary + Benefits
Sector Corporate HSE, Environmental Health & Safety
Posted about 1 year ago
Apply by Friday, 10 March 2017

ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UK’s busiest port and Southampton, the UK’s leading export port and number one for cars and cruise. The group's other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall Rail Terminal), ship's agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer). Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.

In 2015 ABP and its customers handled 92 million tonnes of cargo. Together with our customers, we support 84,000 jobs and contribute £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year.

The ABP Short Sea business comprises four regions and eleven ports located on the South, East and West coasts of the United Kingdom, handling around 5 million tonnes every year. The geographical spread ensures that we operate within the context of both regional & national markets, offering a unique mix of facilities.

The Role

The Compliance Assistant will undertake the implementation of, and adherence to, group Health & Safety and Environmental and Security (HSES) policies and procedures at Kings Lynn  and Lowestoft.

The primary responsibility is to ensure compliance with Health & Safety, Environmental and Security (HSES) using Group policies and guidance from HSE ACOPS Acts and Regulations.

The role is based at Kings Lynn but forms part of a compliance team which supports the East Anglian region.


  • Development and review of relevant HSES risk assessments (RA) and safe systems of work (SSOW) for the Engineering department and ensure they are made available to relevant personnel
  • Drive communications with the team including Health & Safety, Environmental and Security Committee meetings both internal and external, for the port as a whole and to follow up in a timely manner
  • Liaise and build effective working relationships with the Head of Safety SSP, local and national regulatory and statutory bodies and other key stakeholders
  • Ensure all employees are aware of their safety and environmental responsibilities under ABP's policies and procedures, ensuring learning is appropriately embedded
  • Support the promotion of a proactive HSES culture, including the delivery of safety and environmental induction and developmental training programmes
  • Advise local port management on HSES best practice, benchmarking and performance, including the preparation of relevant KPls and  formal monthly HSES reports to assist the Port Manager in month end reporting
  • Assist the Port Manager with the coordination of internal and external HSES inspections & audits, the completion of self-audits and the monitoring and coordination of any subsequent actions
  • Coordinate all reported safety and environmental incidents, near misses and complaints, including updating the online safety and environmental incident reporting system is  kept up to date and ensuring appropriate remedial or preventative actions are taken
  • Control of contractors and visitors to the port, including site inductions, monitoring and auditing
  • Instil and maintain the port housekeeping standards throughout
  • Monitor and audit port tenant activities in regard to environmental and health and safety standards

Skills and Experience


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • IT proficient - Microsoft office and web-based databases / applications
  • Demonstrate clear abilities to influence people at all levels, internal and external, through listening and adjusting communication style to meet the needs of the audience
  • IOSH and/or NEBOSH qualified with experience post  accreditation
  • Good level of understanding of HSES  legislation
  • Willingness to develop skills and knowledge
  • Ability to promote a positive health and safety and environment culture within the Ports.
  • Willingness to travel to other ABP port locations and business travel UK wide and be flexible with time management to suit the challenging operational requirements across the business units
  • Full UK driving licence


  • Experience of providing HSES professional support including influencing company HSES strategy in an organisation with significant H&S hazards
  • Educated to degree level or alternative equivalent
  • Experience in a role within supply chain / logistics sector

Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.

Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment. 


ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UK’s busiest port and Southampton, the UK’s leading exp...

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