Health and Safety Advisor

Posted 5 months ago
Contract Type Permanent
Salary 44741
Sector Public Sector
Posted 5 months ago
Apply by Friday, 27 September 2019
We’re one of the largest housing providers in the UK, our 44,000 homes give 90,000 people in London, the South East and the Midlands, somewhere affordable to call their own

Job Title: Health & Safety Advisor

Type of Contract: Permanent

Hours: 36 hours week, full time

Salary: £44,741 (Plus 1,800 car allowance)

Job Profile:

To support and assist the Health & Safety Manager (HSM), and the Head of Health & Safety (HHS) in all aspects of Health and Safety (H & S) compliance across Optivo.

To assist in establishing, managing and monitoring the H & S Management System and the continual improvement of H & S across the organisation.

To be the day-to-day support for managers and staff across Optivo ensuring policies & procedures are consistently applied in line with the principles of sensible risk management.

To promote a culture where managing and being accountable for risk is recognised as an essential part of business as usual.



A Levels, or equivalent experience

Professional qualification in Health and Safety (minimum NEBOSH General Certificate or equivalent)

A minimum of two years’ experience working as a H & S Advisor or equivalent

Excellent up to date knowledge of H & S legislation, guidance and best practice

Strong communication skills, both oral and written

The ability to work effectively with staff throughout the organisation regardless of seniority or background

Nb1. Travel between sites will be a requirement for this role

Nb2. There may be a requirement to attend meetings and other activities outside normal working hours


NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent

Member of a relevant professional body (e.g. IOSH)

Additional related professional qualifications (e.g. noise, fire, asbestos, etc.)

Experience of working in a social housing or local government role

Training experience

Abilities/ Skills

Personal drive and enthusiasm to promote a positive safety culture within Optivo and its partners

Ability to influence and engage staff at all levels and to present complex information in an accessible way

Experience of formulating, implementing and revising H&S policies and procedures

Pro-active team player with confidence to work on own initiative

Ability to work in, and adapt to a rapidly changing environment

Valid UK driving licence

Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills

Proven investigative and analytical ability

Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills

Strong IT skills

Strong influencing skills of identifying sensible and practical risk reduction measures


Work closely with the HSM and H & S Team Members to deliver an effective H & S management system.

Build strong working relationships with key managers and staff from across Optivo, and our partners, including:

  • The Fire Safety Team
  • Property & Asset Management
  • Facilities Management
  • People Team
  • Learning & Organisational Development
  • Development
  • Attend and contribute to the Health & Safety Group, Team Meetings and other groups as directed.

Optivo benefits

Pension- We offer up to 10% of basic salary as a company contribution to your pension. You cancontribute from 3% to 5% and Optivo will double your contribution.

Annual Leave Holidays- start with 27 days plus your bank holidays. Your allowance goes up to 30 days with long service and we give everyone a day off for their birthday, which you can you use anytime in your birthday month.  We also offer the opportunity to buy extra annual leave and sell what you might not use up.

Life Assurance - Peace of mind for your loved ones, should the worst happen. Our scheme will pay three times your annual base salary to your nominated beneficiary.

Employee Assistance Programme - Our team have access to a free confidential counselling service, offering support and advice on stress and anxiety, debt, lifestyle and relationships.

Healthcare - Cash Plan Claim back on the costs of healthcare including the opticians, dentist and more via Simply Health.

Discounts- Get discounts at your favourite retailers through Perkz including a variety of outlets, activities and more.

Cycle to Work- Optivo provides access to approved cycle to work scheme, allowing employees the opportunity to buy a bike and accessories and saving tax contributions.

Season Ticket Loans- We provide interest free loans to purchase a season ticket or car parking pass for your commute allowing you to make savings.

Long Service Awards- We like to recognise, celebrate and thank employees for their long service.

 If you this sounds like you, we look forward to receiving your application!