Head of HSQE

Posted 9 months ago by LondonEnergy
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Competitive
Sector Corporate HSE, Environmental Health & Safety, Quality Assurance/Systems, Risk management , Utilities & Renewables, Waste
Posted 9 months ago
Apply by Sunday, 9 September 2018

LondonEnergy is seeking industry role models with strong communication, who can drive change converting strategy to task and influence the business and supply chain.


LondonEnergy operates the second largest waste contract in the UK, handling and treating nearly 750,000 tonnes of London’s waste and recyclables, generating enough electricity to power more than 80,000 homes every year. We divert more than 90% of waste away from landfill saving nearly 300,000 tonnes of CO2e every year. As well as a 40-acre head office in North London, the company operates two transfer stations and six Reuse and Recycling Centres across North London.

The Company is committed to achieving the highest levels of health and safety across the organisation. In 2017 we embarked on a three-year training and engagement programme with all our staff to promote our health and safety culture, which has already won industry awards in the first year of its roll-out.

We are currently seeking:

  • Head of HSQE

We invite applications from professionals with a focus on safety culture and experience in heavy industry, operations and projects who are strong communicators, ‘doers’ who can advocate HSQE best practice and influence the business and supply chain.

This is an exciting time to join the Company if you are committed to driving excellence on health and safety practice, leading the Company’s ambition to being an exemplar in safety culture.

In addition to a competitive salary you will enjoy a range of benefits:

5% company contributory pension scheme, private medical insurance, twenty-eight days’ annual holiday plus bank holidays and a Company profit based bonus. Salary increases of RPI plus 0.25% are guaranteed to 2021 and the Company promotes in post learning and development.


Job Responsibilities

The Head of HSQE is part of the LondonEnergy Senior Management Team and as such contributes to shaping the business, delivering business day to day and strategic objectives and being an advocate for the LondonEnergy values and goals.


The role will be responsible for leading the HSQE organisation with line management responsibility for the Senior Health and Safety Advisor (Health and Safety Advisors), Environmental and Systems Manager and the HSQE Data Analyst.


The role for LondonEnergy will be the custodian for HSQE best practice across the business through maintaining appropriate processes, tools and systems. The role will create a team of HSQE advocates within the direct reports and across the organisation through influencing the Senior Management Team.


The role will provide HSQE advice and recommendations to the Executive to support strategic planning and the rest of the Senior Management Team regarding functional deliverables.


The role is responsible for ensuring that LondonEnergy complies with its permitted obligations to the Environment Agency and any other duties to regulating bodies such as the Health Safety Executive.


The role is a key interface to NLWA and its contractors during the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) and will establish an approach to enable awareness, oversight and delivery of safe working practices during construction.


Main duties


Leadership and Continuous Improvement


  • Develop and embed the HSQE strategy and Company Safety Plan for LEL and with the HSQE team and LEL Senior Management delivering the planned outputs.
  • Develop clear roles and responsibilities within the HSQE team and provide line management supervision to ensure planned outputs are delivered.
  • Liaise and advise LEL department heads and managers on safe practices in accordance with the management system.
  • Develop a communication approach to promote safe practices and share LEL and industry lessons learned across the business.
  • Develop a training and induction approach that enables staff, contractors and visitors to be aware of and adopt the LEL Site Safety Rules and HSQE obligations from day one and be re-briefed as required dependent on role and activity.
  • Develop a data strategy to provide Management Information that demonstrates performance against business objectives and supports business decisions to achieve a positive safety culture.
  • Develop, embed and maintain HSQE Company policies, procedures and systems to ensure that the full range of work activities can be conducted safely in all areas of the Company.


HSQE compliance


  • Develop, embed and review process, procedure and systems required to deliver LondonEnergy HSQE objectives and meet HSE and EA obligations.
  • Establish and embed a review of management systems ensuring alignment to the recommendations of the HSE and fulfils company objectives.
  • Establish and embed a monitoring strategy, including external and internal audit, for all LondonEnergy activities for compliance with health and safety policy, procedures and legal requirements.
  • Establish and embed an approach and provide oversight of incident investigations gaining approval of recommendations and lessons learned across the Senior Management Team and ensuring they are embedding within the business.
  • Establish, embed and review a risk management approach to ensure hazards associated with day to day operational activities are controlled and appropriate understanding and training is provided to employees.
  • Establish and embed an approach for the ‘Plan, Do, Check Act’ response to the ISO systems maintaining company registration to OHSAS 18001.
  • Establish and embed an approach to monitor contractor HSQE arrangements and advise where improvements are necessary.
  • Monitor changes of legislation regarding HSQE, Occupational health, CDM and anything else that could affect the H&S performance of the LEL sites


Stakeholder Engagement


  • Attend HSQE and Waste Management forums to identify and share best practice.
  • Establish a positive working relationship with Enforcement Agencies and other regulatory bodies.
  • Advocate and share best practice across the key LEL stakeholders including NLWA, Member Boroughs and Supply Chain.
  • Demonstrate through Management Information (MI) to the Senior Management Team, Board and NLWA HSQE best practice and improvement opportunities.


Person specification:

  • HSQE role model with practical experience of embedding positive safety culture and delivering HSQE transformation.
  • A strong communicator with proven experience of influencing senior stakeholders.
  • Minimum of 5 years in a HSQE Senior Management role
  • Minimum of 5 years practical experience in heavy industry, operations or construction.
  • NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent.
  • Ideally a degree or Higher National Diploma/ Certificate in an HSQE or Engineering
  • Working knowledge of OHSAS 18001
  • IT system and computer literate.
  • Full UK driving licence




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