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Head of Operational Health & Safety

Milton Keynes - Hybrid
£54,340 - £64,130 plus £1,750 location allowance plus excellent benefits
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Building a state-of-the-art embassy in Bangkok. Delivering a global seismic survey. Completing a highly secure construction project for the MOD. This is the kind of work you’ll ensure we safely deliver, as our new Head of Operational Health & Safety at FCDO Services. If you’re an experienced H&S practitioner – and you’re ready for your job, but bigger – this could be your next step.

As a trusted government partner, FCDO Services helps protect the UK’s interests around the world.
We design and construct secure government buildings. We help earthquake-proof embassies. We courier diplomatic packages across continents. We keep complex projects on track, and on budget.
We store visa applications securely in the Cloud. And a whole lot more besides.

It’s exciting work and you could be a vital part of it.

Lead and influence our forward direction

Impact every area of our organisation in a senior role that’s dynamic, challenging and exciting.
Stretch your technical, leadership and management skills with diverse H&S risks on a global scale.
Take your knowledge and capabilities to the next level, as you lead across logistics, construction and data centres, impacting people, products and services. At every step, you’ll be supported by our dedicated Health & Safety team, while you’re shaping the future of our important work.

You’ll be on the senior leadership team for HSSEQ (health and safety, security, sustainability and environment, business continuity, and quality and assurance), where you’ll design and deliver our Health & Safety Strategy and Policy, both in the UK and overseas. You’ll ensure our corporate governance arrangements meet statutory and regulatory requirements. Building effective relationships and driving continual improvement, you’ll make sure we always deliver for our government-level customers.

Bring the expertise we’re looking for

You’re a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety, with a NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) Diploma or equivalent. You’ve already delivered effective safety management across a worldwide platform, and managed a team of health and safety professionals. You also have a track record of designing, achieving and monitoring performance.

You have strong communication, influencing and presentation skills. When it comes representing FCDO Services to external agencies and government partners, you’re able to make a personal impact and build credibility. Crucially, you bring the imagination and curiosity to address both the big picture and smaller issues.

Supporting your wellbeing with the right benefits

Join us and you’ll help protect the nation’s interests at home and overseas. How will we support you in return? We offer a competitive salary, 25-30 days’ annual leave per year (depending on length of service) and a generous Civil Service pension. We also invest in our people, so we’ll give you access to training and other development opportunities to help advance your career.

Our offices have an onsite gym, nursery, canteen, and we offer interest-free loans on season tickets and bikes to help you get there. Depending on business need, you’ll also have the option to work from home some days.

Want to see your future team’s work in action?

Step into our Virtual Embassy, to see how we deliver for government customers and how you could help. Explore the embassy now at virtual

Vetting process

All our employees have to be security cleared to the highest level, so you’ll need to undergo a comprehensive vetting process before joining. You are able to start work with Security Check (SC) clearance, with Developed Vetting (DV) being a longer-term requirement of the role. You can find out more about vetting on our website:

To find out more about our role, benefits and organisation, please click the Apply button.

The closing date for applications is 29 September 2023.

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world

The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer, and why we’re recognised as a ‘Carer Confident’ workplace. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.

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