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Business Ops Safety Health Environment Practitioner - Senior Executive Officer

Defence Intelligence
Based at MoD Main Building, Whitehall, London
Competitive salary
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Corporate, Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Defence Intelligence (DI) Bus Ops Safety Health Environment Practitioner

Senior Executive Officer

Based at MoD Main Building, Whitehall, London

DI is part of the Ministry of Defence and provides intelligence analysis, specialist outputs and advice to support decision making across all levels of Defence and Government. It is a complex organisation with a diverse workforce having specialist skills, who work together and with partners to provide a critical component of the UK security infrastructure.

Our people solve problems, create understanding and give perspective to the diverse and complex threats and challenges Defence faces in a constantly evolving world. Together our civilians and military personnel inform decision making in Defence, manage complex programmes and develop new technology.

The post sits within the DI-Business Operations Team - which coordinates some critical business enabling processes and functions for the enterprise. It is responsible for core business processes related to H&S management and Climate Change and Sustainability for Defence Intelligence. DI is a 3*/ Senior Civil Servant led organisation with over 5000 staff delivering intelligence services and capabilities for Defence and broader National Security objectives. DI directly contributes to protect the people, territories, values and interests at home and overseas, to ensure our security, support national interests and safeguard the UK’s prosperity. 

Your unique experiences, view and understanding of the world could provide a vital perspective and contribution to our work. We recognise that great minds do not think alike and are striving to increase our diversity representation at all levels. As an equal opportunity employer we hire, train and promote people based on merit and aspire to create an inclusive workplace free of discrimination. We also offer flexible working arrangements such as flextime, and compressed hours.

All job adverts in DI are subject to fair and open competition.

This post is advertised for 37 hours per week, 60% of your time will be office based. There may be a possibility of working from one of MoD/DI’s offices (depending on local sites). If not based in London, regular travel to London will be required.

Job Purpose: You will hold the delegated role of providing proficient professional advice and assurance at HLB level reporting to Chief DI and at 1* management board level through the Director Strategy and Enterprise who will monitor Health, Safety and Environment Protection (HS&EP), Climatic Change and Sustainability (CC&S) and Business Resilience performance on a regular basis. Each Head of Establishment / Commanding Officer under CDIs command appoints Site Health and Environment Advisor’s (SHEA) / Focal Points for SHEP & Climate Change &Sustainability for their AOR.  DI Bus Ops - SHEP is the functional safety manager to SHEA / CC&S and will communicate with them on overall HS&EP and CC&S matters reflecting UKStratCom policy.

Main Objectives:

As the primary HS&EP Advisor appointed in accordance with Regulation 7 of the Management of H&S at Work Regulations, DI Bus Ops – SHEP will be expected to:

•    Attend quarterly CESO UKStratCom SHEF Work Group Meetings and provide feedback on relevant SHEF issues that have an impact on the DI HLB to the DCDI and Dir ISR Management Boards.
•    Attend quarterly / six monthly site level H&S meetings as CDIs representative and support the unit Head of Establishment. Assist Head of Establishments and site Safety Health Environment Advisor (SHEA) in identifying and implementing SHEP standard practice
•    Maintain DI Roadmap to compliance, compile quarterly and annual DI HLB SHEP reports as directed by CESO UKStratCom.            
•    Prepare DI HLB ad hoc reports to CESO UKStratCom / DSA / DFRMO as required.        
•    Deliver guidance to CDI on H&S issues within UKStratCom Command Board reports.                                                                                
•    To implement the UKStratCom Duty Holder Construct UKStratCom SOP0013 throughout the HLB and review annually ensuring Delivery Duty Holder (DDH) assurance reports are submitted to the DI HLB Operating Duty Holder (CDI)
•    Develop and cultivate a network of subordinate SHEA (site level), SH&E Focal Points and Site Representatives, to enable coverage and communication within DI HLB on all related issues.                                     
•    Disseminate Safety Notices received from CESO UKStratCom, DSA, DFRMO, DE&S, TLBs to DI subunits where appropriate via network of HLB SHEA / SH&E Focal Points. 
•    Support SHEP issues in DI HLB, by ensuring the Policy and Organisation and Arrangement Statements represent DI HLB activities and these are drawn to the attention of all staff.
•    Assist Heads of Establishment to define SHEA Terms of Reference (ToRs) and the development of SH&E training requirements for SHEA. 
•    Carry out proactive and reactive monitoring of compliance, including reviewing of workplace inspection reports and undertaking a programme of DI site audits (DI HOE sites).
•    Collate Monthly Accident, Incident and Near Miss (A/I/NM) reports for DI HLB and submit monthly return to CESO JFC. Carry out trend analysis and conduct accident investigations.
•    Produce, maintain and review a HLB SHEMS recommending new policy in line with changing legislation / MOD policy Monitor the implementation of the Safety Health and Environmental Management System SHEMS across the HLB.
•    Foster through positive leadership, a culture that encourages employees to take responsibility for safety, health, environmental protection. 
•    Facilitate HLB occupational health management / problem solving via Surgeon General's clinicians, DBS and Occupational Health assist to implement reasonable adjustments with DI London.        
•    Act as DI (London) Safety Advisor dealing with MB emergency procedures, Floor Liaison Officers, fire issues, first aid, A/I/NM reports, reasonable adjustments, and building health and safety issues affecting DI areas within MB. 

Person Specification:

The position of DI Res-SHEP will suit an individual:

•    A professional H&S Advisor.
•    Demonstrate Health, Safety and Environmental Protection competences and have gained suitable level of qualifications. 
•    With the confidence and eloquence to provide verbal and written briefs to CDI, DI Senior Leadership Team, Heads of Establishment. 
•    Ideally holding a level of standing within the SHEP professional bodies (IOSH / IEMA / IIRSM).

Experience: We are looking for a professional with qualifications and on the job experience:


•    NVQ Level 3 in Health and Safety Management e.g. Level 3 Health and Safety General Certificate with National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) / British Safety Council (BSC) or equivalent.

       desirable plus:

•    NVQ Level 3 in Environment Management e.g. Level 3 Environmental Protection Certificate with Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or NEBOSH or equivalent.


•    NVQ Level 6 Health and Safety qualification e.g. NEBOSH / BSC Level 6 Health and Safety Diploma (or equivalent) 

•    Lead Auditor Qualification e.g. Lead Auditor ISO18001 or equivalent. 

•    Membership of a Safety Institution such as Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) or the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) at GradIOSH / CMIOSH level (or equivalent). 

•    Membership of a recognised Environmental Protection professional organisation such as IEMA at AIEMA or above.

DI will provide training opportunities to help an individual who has begun this career path.

Candidates will be assessed on their CV, a 500-word personal statement on suitability (which should be used to explain how you feel your skills and experience are relevant or transferable to the role, and why you are particularly interested in it) and the following Civil Service Success Profile behaviours:

Making Effective Decisions
Working Together
Developing Self and Others

If there are a high number of applications, the sift will be carried out on 
•    Leadership
•    Making Effective Decisions
•    CV
•    Statement of Suitability

At Interview: If invited to interview, you will be asked to deliver a 5-minute brief on “how you went about maintaining a safe working environment during the covid 19 pandemic.”

You will then be assessed against the following from the Civil Service Behaviours during the interview process:


Making Effective Decisions

Working Together

Developing Self and Others

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to let us know how we can help.

If more than one candidate reaches the desired standard, those not selected will be held in reserve for 12 months.

Feedback will be available to those attending an interview.

Nationality requirements Open to UK nationals only, the successful candidate must either hold DV security clearance, or be willing to undergo the process.

Benefits There are a wide variety of employee benefits for civil service staff in DI, including (this list is not exhaustive): 

  • Salary Payroll Giving  Financial Education Resources  Bicycle Purchase Advance & Cycle to Work Scheme 
  • Holiday, Season Ticket, Tenancy Deposit & Workspace Salary Advance Loans  Free Parking (not available at Main Building)  Generous Pension Scheme with employer contribution between 26.6% &      30.3%  Death in Service Benefit  Up to 30 days’ Annual Leave, and one Privilege Day 
  • Special Leave (including Study Leave and Volunteering Leave)  Adoption, Maternity, Paternity and Shared Parental Leave  Childcare Vouchers  On-Site Nursery & Childcare at some MOD sites  Flexible Working Hours 
  • Discounted Healthcare Packages  Eyesight Tests and Spectacles  Free On-Site Gyms at many sites  Employee Assistance Programme  In-Year Reward and Thank You Schemes 

Talent Schemes  Defence Discounts  Microsoft & Vodafone Employee Discount Schemes  Boundless and Civil Service Sports Council Memberships available  On-site shops, restaurants & cafes at most sites   Further details may be found at Civilian Discover My Benefits ( 

This post does not offer relocation expenses (move of home, excess fares, or temporary transfer), or travel expenses to the interview.  

Any move to MOD from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

MOD Recruitment Satisfaction Survey – we may contact you regarding your experience to help us improve our customer satisfaction. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. You may however be given the opportunity to provide additional information to help us improve our service which includes the collection of some personal data as defined by the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). The MOD Privacy Notice sets out how we will use your personal data and your rights.

For further information regarding this role please contact Mike Sands

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