University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Head of Health and Safety

Head of Health and Safety

Salary: Grade 9 (£56,021 – £64,914 p.a. depending on experience)

This role will be based on University campus with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Are you an experienced Health and Safety professional looking for a new challenge? Do you have the expertise to lead an ambitious service in a challenging and ever changing environment? Are you passionate about driving forward improvements in the University's occupational health and safety management system, achieving and maintaining ISO 45001. Do you have the ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders and deliver a varied and responsive service strategy for the University?

The University of Leeds is one of the top 75 universities in the world. We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.

We are looking to appoint an exceptional safety professional with experience of providing line management to a senior professional team. You will assume responsibility for developing and implementing the University safety strategy and will lead members of the service to implement these aims.

You will provide effective and proportionate advice and use your previous experience of delivering a safety management system to include the development and implementation of integrated electronic systems.

A flexible and supportive approach will be required, and you will have experience of managing a team of technical experts. Taking the lead on core service projects, you will also deputise for the Director of Wellbeing, Safety and Health in their absence.

What we offer in return

• 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That's 42 days a year!

• Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 14.5% of salary

• Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.

• Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team.

• Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more!

To apply

This role is not available to apply via the University recruitment system. Recruitment is being managed via Shirley Parsons.

For full details of how to apply please follow this link

Head of Health and Safety, Leeds · Shirley Parsons

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Professional Services School/Institute: Wellbeing, Safety & Health (inc Occ Health) Category: Professional & Managerial Salary: £56,021 to £64,914 p.a. Unversity of Leeds - Grade 9 Post Type: Full Time Release Date: Thursday 02 May 2024 Closing Date: Tuesday 21 May 2024 Reference: PR-027376 Downloads: Candidate Brief

Job details


Head of Health and Safety


University of Leeds


United Kingdom


May 03, 2024

Application deadline

May 21, 2024

Job type



Medicine,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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