Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245169
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £48202 - £61592
Date Posted 14 May 2018
Grade RC-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 June 2018
Interview Date 06 July 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £48,202 - £61,592 (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: Band F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Flexible hours considered
Closing Date: 17th June 2018
Interview Date: 6th July 2018

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC is one of nine partner organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation; a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About The Role

We now have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Group Leader at our Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in South Oxfordshire.

STFC provides a wide and unique range of SHE challenges arising from the cutting edge scientific and technology programmes that it delivers in the UK and internationally. The SHE Group Leader will undertake a senior role; leading, managing and developing a small team in the provision of effective, efficient and professional SHE advice and services to STFC staff, contractors, users and visitors.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • provide timely professional SHE advice and guidance to management, employees, tenants, and facility users working from STFC sites implementing STFC SHE Management Systems and establishing an effective SHE management culture
  • maintain and proactively support development of the documented STFC SHE Management System based upon experience, audit findings, external best practice, and legislative change
  • assist in shaping the STFC SHE Management System to meet the requirements of UKRI and contribute to the development and implementation of UKRI SHE Management Systems
  • lead, manage and develop the RAL SHE Group in the provision of effective, efficient and professional SHE services to staff, contractors, tenants, visitors and users, for example SHE training and statutory inspections
  • ensure that all SHE incidents, including learning opportunities (near misses, fires, environmental and vehicle incidents) are reported, investigated, and actions established to minimise the likelihood of their recurrence, and where necessary reported to regulatory bodies. Sharing UKRI and STFC wide learning appropriately
  • monitor and audit, the effectiveness and efficiency of the SHE Management System, its policies and procedures, at the RAL Laboratory and as appropriate other STFC sites to drive continuous improvement in STFC SHE Management Systems
  • communicate, liaise closely with and establish effective working relationships with the key stakeholders in the STFC SHE Management System, in particular, health and safety and environment committees, trade union and other safety representatives, Departmental SHE Contacts, nominated responsible persons, and external regulatory bodies for example the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and emergency services
  • preparation and delivery of engaging, innovative and effective face to face and on-line SHE training programmes.

The role will require occasional UK and overseas travel, as well as a flexible approach to working hours when required.

Organization Description

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

Qualifications and Experience


  • educated to degree level in a science or engineering discipline
  • NEBOSH Diploma or evidence of academic capability to study and gain this qualification within 2 years
  • working knowledge of current and forthcoming changes to relevant SHE legislation
  • proactive with a high degree of self-motivation and independence, able to deliver under pressure and against tight deadlines
  • able to work unsupervised, or as part of a small team, managing own workload methodically and reliably
  • good interpersonal and communication skills able to work and influence staff at all levels
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • excellent IT skills, including familiarity Microsoft Office programme suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) and CAD drawing systems.


  • experience working in high technology or university sectors
  • Chartered Membership of the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).


STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

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The closing date for applications is 17th June 2018. The interview date for this vacancy is 6th July 2018 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.