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Health and Safety Manager 


Salary:  £49,498 – £54,706 per annum, Grade 7, (pay award pending)

Hours: Full time – 37 hours per week. 

Location – Service Headquarters, Calcot, Reading.

Excellent annual leave allowance of 30 days, flexible working, onsite gym, parking facilities and a Local Government Pension Scheme are available.

Full information about our benefits can be found here

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Health and Safety Manager to join our team. This is a great opportunity to work for an emergency service who invests in the development and wellbeing of employees. We offer flexible working arrangements so our teams can achieve a good work life balance. Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive, you will be responsible for ensuring that RBFRS is compliant in all aspects of health and safety law and guidance. 

About you:

We are seeking a motivated and engaging individual who is passionate about health and safety. You enjoy working with others, have a can-do approach to work and are a great communicator who is able to influence others.  

The key focus of this role is to:

  • Act as lead advisor on health and safety matters to the Senior Leadership Team and Fire Authority
  • Develop and implement Health and Safety Strategy and associated action plans 
  • Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the health and safety management system 
  • Lead and manage the Health and Safety Team
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders   

Key role requirements: (knowledge, skills and experience)

  • Experience in a similar role 
  • NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent (or working towards) and Membership of IOSH or other relevant professional body.
  • A strong technical knowledge across relevant health and safety legislation.
  • An enthusiastic and positive approach to health and safety, with excellent communication skills.
  • Able to plan and prioritise 
  • Calm and resilient under pressure

Application and selection process

The successful candidate will demonstrate and promote behaviours in line with the Job Profile/Person Specification and our Behaviour Competency Framework

The Behavioural Competency Framework allows us to easily identify the behaviours that drive successful performance and enables us to deliver an effective service. The behaviours detailed within the job profile will be assessed throughout the selection process. 

If you are interested in applying for this position, click Apply Now.

Please see the link to the Job Profile/Person Specification.

Appointment is conditional upon undertaking a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, 

Rechecks will be required in line with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy.   

For further details about the role or to simply discuss any adaptations or adjustments we can make to assist you in your application or with our recruitment process please contact Maisie Head, Business Support Officer on 0118 9384614 at to arrange an informal discussion with Nikki Richards, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Services. 

Please note we do not accept applications via Agencies or CVs without an accompanying application form.

Closing date for applications is 9am on Monday, 25 March 2024.  

It is anticipated that the assessment/interview process will begin week commencing Tuesday, 2 April 2024.  

Anticipated start date:  April 2024 (depending on notice period)


If you are invited for interview, you will be required to prepare and deliver a 10-minute presentation on the following: 

‘An overview of health and safety challenges facing a modern UK Fire Service.  You will also be required to complete a desk top exercise’.   

Please note that is your personal responsibility to check whether by applying / accepting this position it would result in any Annual Allowance implications. A breach in the Annual Allowance threshold could result in a Tax charge.

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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service values your individuality, your diversity and your dignity.  All are welcome here. Inclusion, diversity and equality are principles which guide our decisions and will be visible throughout the Service, and we will continually work to improve in these areas.  

 We are committed to creating an inclusive culture of dignity and trust where everyone feels safe and comfortable to bring their whole self to work.

 Simply: The communities we serve are varied and diverse, we should be too.

 Applications are welcome for job-share or part time arrangements please enquire on application.

 All applications are considered on merit alone. We are a Disability Confident Leader – if you meet the essential criteria of the role, you will be guaranteed an interview if you choose to opt into the Disability Confident Scheme (formerly known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme).

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