Departmental Safety Officer

Animal and Plant Health Agency
Weybridge, Surrey
£ 38,751
Closing date
30 Sep 2021

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At the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), we have a mission we’re very serious about: safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy. As one of our Departmental Safety Officers, you’ll play a key role in getting us there.

The Role

You’ll be responsible for safety technical assurance in your department. That means delivering comprehensive assurance of laboratory and specialist environments plus higher containment laboratories and large animal post-mortem facilities. As well as providing scientific and technical support, you’ll help us innovate and adopt new pathology science technologies, in turn helping us improve our safeguarding abilities as an agency.

Beyond this, you’ll ensure legal compliance across your areas of responsibility and collaborate with our Biorisk team to identify areas of that could be improved compliance-wise.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll have microbiology laboratory and bio-containment experience, combining this with strong technical knowledge. You’ll also have a good understanding of safety regulations and hold a NEBOSH qualification (or equivalent experience). You must have a valid UK driving license.

You’ll also be a skilled communicator with good stakeholder management capabilities and relationship-building skills. Experience of managing within health and safety is an advantage, but not essential.

What’s in it for me?

In return you’ll have access to lots of training and development; civil servants are encouraged to have a minimum of five days of learning and development each year.

You’ll also receive:

  • 25 days holiday (rising over 5 years to 30 days), 8 Bank holidays, and an additional day in May to mark the Queen’s birthday
  • Flexible working options where appropriate
  • A choice of two pensions schemes
  • A staff recognition scheme
  • Interest free loans towards season tickets, or the cost of a bike

About us

If there is one characteristic that marks us out at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), it is pride. We are proud to use our professionalism and expertise to safeguard animal and plant health across the UK for the benefit of the environment, the economy and the millions of people who live here.

At APHA, you will be part of a diverse team of over 2,000 skilled and committed professionals who share this inspiring goal. Together, we protect endangered wildlife, conduct research into bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases and vaccines, facilitate international trade in animals, identify and control endemic and exotic diseases, and manage a programme of bee inspections, diagnostics, research and training.

Closing date: Thursday 30th September 2021.

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