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Operations Manager - Health, Safety and Compliance OCC262661

Job details


Salary range: £54,970 - £58,034 per annum

Work location: County Hall, Oxford

Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working 

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Wednesday 29th December 2021

Interview date: Week commencing 10th January 2022




About us


Oxfordshire is a thriving county with one of the fastest growing economies in the country with a rapidly growing science sector and is the base for many national and international organisations. Working in local government is interesting, innovative and rewarding, and the commitment of our teams to public service is key to our delivery of all services across the county.


We are seeking an experienced Health, Safety & Compliance Operations Manager to join our Joint Property and Facilities team to help transform Health and Safety across the Council. 


Our Joint Property and Facilities team is responsible for the management of the entire Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council property portfolio, including the construction, repair, maintenance, catering and cleaning of our buildings across the county – these teams provide you with a diverse portfolio in which to embed corporate health and safety management.


2022 is a really exciting year for us as we are embarking on a service-wide transformation, so you will be part of a team highly motivated to driving continuous improvement and focused on becoming the best on our class.



About the role


The day to day of this role involves working closely with the Heads of Service and their teams,  combined with the planning and implementation of longer term projects such as fire safety compliance and the review of Standard Operating Procedures and Safe Systems of Work.   


Key elements of this role are the ability to build strong and collaborative relationships with people across all areas of the Council, gaining support of Heads of Service, stakeholders and external parties to help us drive our health and safety agenda forward. You’ll have great autonomy over the health and safety strategy, with full scope to shape a new team as well as recommend and influence budgetary spend in this strategic level health, safety and compliance position.


This role is based at our head offices in County Hall, Oxford with occasional travel around the Oxfordshire county. We’re currently operating an agile, hybrid working approach – working from home with some attendance in the office.  



About you


You’ll be a confident decision maker and an effective problem solver with a passion for creating safer environments, proactively recommending service improvements and bringing fresh ideas and perspective.


You’ll bring extensive experience from a facilities and construction background and be able to demonstrate management experience in Health and Safety processes and procedures in accordance with recognised standards, specifically within the facilities and construction sectors.


Ideally you will have a degree or equivalent qualification in a health and safety management discipline, hold a NEBOSH diploma with CMIOSH / GradIOSH membership and have experience of delivering health and safety in the public sector or a similar environment. 


Previous line management experience and experience of managing budgets of up to £750k are also key to success in this role.



Rewards and benefits


Oxfordshire has invested time and resource to create an environment where people develop professionally and personally. Oxfordshire offers a generous and family friendly rewards package to benefit life both at work and at home, including:

  • 29 - 32 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Option to buy additional holiday
  • Flexible working arrangements where applicable
  • Excellent Local Government Pension Scheme contributing up to 19.9%
  • Staff Discount Schemes
  • Family Friendly Schemes
  • Health and wellbeing activities
  • Discounts on rail and bus travel
  • Paid time off for volunteering



Training and Development


We’re proud of our strong learning and knowledge-sharing culture here. You can look forward to:

  • Our online skills and knowledge platform dedicated to your continuing professional development
  • Coaching, workshops, mentoring, shadowing and support from social groups
  • A tailored induction



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Natasha Brammer, Head of Commercial for the Joint Property Team, by emailing natasha.brammer@oxfordshire.gov.uk.



Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory. 


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form



Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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