Health and Safety Manager- Land

Job reference:
BAS 21/76
Contract type:
Open-Ended Appointment
From £31,931 to £39,915 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge although overseas travel may be required for short periods.
Closing date:
16 May, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


A unique opportunity for a dynamic Health and Safety Manager for land based activities has come up for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in the Health and Safety Team. This role will report to the Health and Safety Advisor and will work closely with the Polar and Cambridge Station Operation Managers. The role is to manage BAS internal systems.
You will need to be self-motivated, have a positive and engaging personality with forward thinking ideas, be able to multi-task, and have a flexible approach to tasks. You will also have a conscientious approach to detail and able to interact with operational & office personnel, departmental heads and senior managers throughout the organisation in person and remotely. As a member of the team you will continue to develop your career in health and safety and being part of a dynamic organisation, no two days are the same which is part of the challenge and the excitement.

The role will be based in Cambridge. Overseas travel for short periods may be required.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years’ experience of working within a health and safety team and hold a NEBOSH certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (or similar) in a medium to high hazard industry.

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


To provide professional advice on matters relating to Health and Safety. To assist and support the BAS Senior Health and Safety Adviser in facilitating the BAS Safety Management System (SMS). To provide a focus and expertise for Station operations (including Cambridge) to support ‘Station Operations Managers’ to deliver the day-to-day activities associated with the station SMS.


NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety

Working to NEBOSH diploma level qualification, or equivalent is desirable but not essential


  • To update BAS procedures ensuring regularity, UKRI and BAS compliance
  • Assisting the Health and Safety Advisor in ensuring the BAS SMS remains in compliance with ISO 45001
  • To produce H&S lessons learnt posters from accidents and near misses
  • Training staff on health and safety topics using a variety of methods
  • Promoting a positive safety culture through working in partnership with BAS departments and collaborative partners.
  • Managing and keeping up to date the BAS Health and Safety web tools: -
    • Digital Workplace
    • Risk assessment and procedures databases (Maximo)
    • AINME reporting system (Maximo)
    • eLearning on-line training
  • To conduct internal H&S audits at BAS.
  • Co-ordinating and supporting the BAS H&S corporate training programme
  • The provision of specialist advice and assistance on matters relating to Health and Safety for stations:-
    • Advice on and facilitating the risk assessment process
    • Assisting in identifying appropriate safety controls
    • Supporting station managers in maintaining the station SMS to be up-to-date and remains in compliance, including corrective action tracking, incident investigation,
      procedure reviews.
    • Ensuring a consistent approach is used across the SMS for all stations
  • Representing the BAS Health & Safety Adviser where appropriate
  • To support the Health, Safety improvement and development projects.
  • To raise PO's and deal with procurement issues
  • Updating Health and Safety performance data and providing it to the BAS Health and Safety Advisor
  • Any other duties, within the remit of this role, as tasked by the Director

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/76
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 16 May 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 27 May 2021

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 Employers Network 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)

Communication skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Good oral communication skills. - Essential
  • Good presentation skills. - Essential
  • Experience in delivering Health & Safety training - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • High level of proficiency with MS office systems. - Essential
  • Knowledge of MS SharePoint and other databases - Desirable [1]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work unsupervised and solve day to day issues as they arise. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Good team player - Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills across all levels of seniority and disciplines. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams. - Desirable [1]

Numerical ability

  • Proficient with basic spreadsheet calculations. - Essential


  • NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety. - Essential
  • Working to NEBOSH diploma level qualification, or equivalent. - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Experience of procurement systems and financial transactions. - Desirable [4]

Skills / Experience

  • Minimum three years’ experience working with significant health and safety responsibilities and good working knowledge of health and safety management systems, risk assessment and inspection. - Essential
  • Experience of remote health & safety management advantageous. - Desirable [2]
  • Understanding of practical health and safety in a high hazard environment. - Desirable [1]
  • Previous experience working in Antarctica. - Desirable [4]
  • Awareness of ISO 45001:2018 Safety Management System. - Desirable [1]

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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