Forestry England is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the public forest estate and the Forestry Commission’s commercial activities in England.
The 254,000 hectare public forest estate (PFE) in England is the largest single landholding in the country. The estate comprises over 15,000 separate properties, including some of the finest woodlands, forest and open land in England, a wide range of housing and commercial property and a variety of recreation/leisure businesses. The properties are spread across England with management centred on 6 Forest Districts: North England, Yorkshire, Central England, West England, East England, South England, plus Westonbirt Arboretum. Support is provided by specialist business units and the National Office teams based in Bristol.
There are approximately 1000 people working across a broad range of roles, delivering diverse business functions that help us manage the estate. These include forestry and land management, timber harvesting, property development, recreation and events and management of 27 visitor centres. FEE has significant customer interaction with millions of visitors and engagement with customers across a range of activities.
We have an exciting opportunity to join our team.
The successful candidate, as H&S Manager within the Health, Safety and Technical Training Team, will develop and implement the health and safety programme and provide direction on related compliance matters with subject matter experts.
This is a high profile role, reporting to the Head of Health, Safety and Technical Training, providing a framework of policy, advice and guidance to the business. It requires someone confident in engaging colleagues, dynamic with attention to detail and the ability to reduce complexity and improve standards for colleagues and customers alike. The role includes the promotion and development of a positive safety culture, managing a small team of SHE Advisers, providing technical guidance to the business on all matters of health and safety and best practice within the industry, incident investigation and developing policy and practice across the business.
Essential skills and Behaviours
• The ability to prioritise a diverse workload;
• The ability to analyse data and draw trends and conclusions from that;
• A proactive approach to problem solving and change management;
• The ability to engage stakeholders in a proactive and pragmatic manner;
• A drive and determination to effect change;
The location of this post is negotiable but will need to be suitably located to be accessible to the Cannock Chase Training Centre for several days per week.
The role involves dealing with contacts across the UK and regular travel with overnight stays away from home will be required.
In no more than 500 words, please advise how you meet the skills and experience as set out below:
• Managing a team to produce demonstrable results;
• Training and mentoring team members and colleagues in the wider organisation.
• Experience of providing health and safety advice and support to a complex and demanding organisational service;
• Experience of developing and applying organisation policy to ensure compliance with legislation;
• Engaging with staff at all levels to understand work programmes, share best practice and develop a positive health and safety culture;
• Leading and supporting accident investigations.
• A good understanding of technical forestry, land management and countryside recreation;
• Experience of working closely with stakeholders to achieve discernible positive outcomes;
• Auditing against ISO standards and an understanding of the continuous improvement cycle.
The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK. However, the Forestry Commission is willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means.
NEBOSH General Certificate (as a minimum)
IOSH Chartered Membership
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing