Field Safety Manager

Job reference:
BAS 22/65
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
Salary from £31,931 to £39,915 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Operational Teams
BAS Cambridge
Closing date:
19 June, 2022 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Field Safety Manager to help ensure field-deployed activity is undertaken to the highest possible standards of safety. The successful candidate will provide expert advice on safe working practices in remote regions, such as the Antarctic.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.

British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams, and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


Working as part of the Field Operations team you will help ensure field-deployed
activity is undertaken to the highest possible standards of safety.

You will use your experience of working in polar and other remote environments to
assess, plan and implement safe systems of work for field-deployed teams.


  • Responsible for developing and managing a field safety system to ensure all
    fieldwork is adequately risk assessed, safety policies, procedures and
    contingencies are in place and fully documented
  • Provide expert advice on safe working practices in remote and hostile
    environments, particularly the polar regions
  • Work closely with the Clothing Manager to provide expert guidance on the
    specification, provision and issue of polar clothing
  • Plan, implement and manage a programme of field safety training under the
    guidance of the Head of Field Operations
  • Support Head of Field Operations to manage Field SAR arrangements,
    contingency, training and exercises
  • Work with other Safety Managers to share knowledge and ensure
    consistency of approach where applicable
  • Actively drive collaboration with other National Programmes and polar
    operators to share knowledge and exchange information
  • Drive continuous improvement of the safety system, processes and culture
  • Undertake safety surveys, inspections and audits
  • Prepare written reports of findings, recommendations for corrective and
    preventative measures and ensure follow up actions are completed
  • Contribute to post-accident/incident investigations
  • Maintain relevant documentation and records
  • Support the wider Field and Operations team as required

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 22/65
Publication date: 06/05/22
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 19/06/22
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: TBC

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the EmployersNetwork for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Business Processes

  • Experience of driving change and improvement with systems and processes - Essential

Change Management

  • Experience of delivering change - Essential

Communication skills

  • A confident communicator and presenter with the ability to put across complex plans in easily understood formats - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • ICT confident and familiar with the Microsoft office tools - Essential
  • Able to quickly learn new software and tools - Essential

Decision Making

  • Effective decision making and sound judgement. - Essential
  • Able to deal with uncertainty and complexity in high pressure situations - Essential
  • Delivers high quality results against tight deadlines - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • An engaging, flexible and dedicated person, who quickly gains people’s trust, inspires confidence and delivers results in line with cultural values. - Essential

Leadership Ability

  • A credible and approachable leader capable of promoting a culture of safe working practices - Essential


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience - Desirable [4]
  • Professional safety qualification - Desirable [1]
  • Mountain Instructors Award and/or Certificate - Desirable [4]

Resource Management ability

  • Able to set, deliver and monitor a budget and make sound management decisions - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Thorough understanding of polar operations, particularly field, air and ship operations. - Essential
  • Experience of deployed operations (ships, stations, field) - Essential
  • Practical experience living, working and travelling in the polar environment - Essential
  • Experience of developing safe systems of work - Essential
  • Relevant experience gained in a similar context in other organisations - Desirable [1]
  • Experience of BAS’ own operations. - Desirable [1]
  • Demonstrable mountaineering experience and competence in rock, ice and alpine - Desirable [1]
  • Experience of overland traverse operations in a polar environment - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of small boat operations and safety - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of commercial scuba diving operations - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of Arctic operations in the context of polar bear safety, including the use of firearms - Desirable [1]

Staff Management

  • Proven experience of managing staff at the team level. - Essential

Stakeholder Management

  • Must be able to work effectively with a wide range of national and international stakeholders - Essential

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

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+44 (0)1223 221400
+44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.