University of York

University of York

Health and Safety Business Partners

United Kingdom

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Health and Safety Business Partners


Workplace Health and Safety


£44,263 - £54,395 per year (reduced pro-rata for part-time working)


Grade 7

Contract status


Hours of work

Full or part-time (see job details)

Based at

University of York campus (with some remote working options available)

Interview date

To be confirmed

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  • 12461 - Health & Safety Business Partner (Science) - Job Description.pdf (PDF, 299.8kb)

  • 12461 - Health & Safety Business Partner - Job Description.pdf (PDF, 295.86kb)

  • Role Description Workplace Health & Safety Office

    This role is part of the Workplace Health and Safety Office. The team are experienced health and safety practitioners and support staff providing a centralised service of advice, guidance and support in all aspects of workplace health and safety across the University. This service supports the University in achieving the highest standards of health and safety management and performance, ensuring statutory health and safety obligations are fulfilled by enabling staff to understand and effectively manage health and safety risks associated with their work activities. The Workplace Health and Safety Office is an impartial, independent and institutional team within the Directorate of Technology, Estates and Facilities DTEF

    You will be part of the corporate team of Health and Safety professionals working to develop, implement and continually drive improvement and support senior managers of departments and subsidiaries based across the University of York. In your role you will provide strategic support and also act as day-to- day liaison point. You will offer high quality technical assistance, and maintain positive relationships between the Health and Safety team and University departments and subsidiaries.

    We are looking for two Business Partners:

    1. Health and Safety Business Partner - Faculty of Science

    This role is more specialised and requires experience and relevant knowledge in a scientific area. A scientific subject degree and post degree experience in a laboratory environment such as regulatory assurance compliance knowledge or laboratory quality compliance and the ability to engage across the Faculty of Science to continually drive a Health and Safety culture in line with a complex risk profile and enabling high quality research and teaching.

    2. Health and Safety Business Partner- Faculty of Social Science

    We are looking for a highly experienced Health and Safety professional that can provide business partnering to these areas to drive a continuous improvement approach to Health and Safety in line with their risk profile and enabling high quality research and teaching.

    Both Business partners will be expected to build and lead in a University-wide set of risks in line with their knowledge and skills.

    Science - this would include chemical management and fieldwork

    Social Sciences - Would include travel overseas and risks associated with this faculty

    You will work flexibly across a number of departments and subsidiary companies under the supervision of Head of Safety Operations providing consistent business partner support, Health and Safety management advice and be an effective contributing member of the Health and Safety team.

    The posts are available on a full time (37 hours per week) or part time (29.6 hours per week) basis with salary reduced pro-rata if part time. You will be required to be on campus for at least 70% of your time and there may be occasions when you will be required to work outside normal working hours.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • Level 6 qualification. (Qualifications at this level include a degree. Please view the full list). We also welcome applicants with equivalent non-uk qualifications or equivalent professional experience.
  • Professional Health and Safety qualification i.e. Ideally Grad IOSH and working towards Chartership Or similarly recognised qualification.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of health and safety legislation and the ability to transfer that knowledge in a practical and engaging manner
  • Previous experience /Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety practices and procedures used in large complex organisations
  • Experience of working in the HE sector or an analogous sector e.g.NHS or similar
  • Evidence of upholding our behaviours as detailed within the accompanying person specification.
  • Interview date: to be confirmed

    For informal enquiries: please contact please contact our Director of Health And Safety Services, [email protected]

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Health and Safety Business Partners


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    November 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 05, 2023

    Job type



    Biology,Chemistry,Business and Economics,Medicine,Physics

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

    Located in Heslington, the University of York has been improving and expanding its campus ever since its establishment. The campus has plenty of landmarks, sculptures, and college buildings. The King's Manor is a historic structure that currently houses the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Department of Archaeology. Located in the center of the campus, Central Hall is a tiered auditorium used for hosting concerts, competitions, conferences, graduations, fashion shows, and other events. The university's archives and library network includes many libraries on the campus and in the nearby area. The JB Morrell library is the campus' main library. Heslington Hall is another significant landmark of the campus.

    The University of York offers a plethora of undergraduate, research, and postgraduate programs in various fields like archaeology, sciences, computer science, law, management, medicine, mathematics, languages, arts, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The university has 18,930 students. The university has collaborations with reputed research-oriented institutions across the world. It is a part of an alliance of 24 well-established research-intensive universities. Also, the university has great student exchange programs and research links with numerous other universities around the globe. It offers excellent professional training to its students and provides them outstanding employment opportunities in prestigious firms.

    The university has produced several notable and successful alumni. Greg Dyke is a renowned British journalist, media executive, broadcaster, and football administrator. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is Portugal's former president. Mahmoud Mohieldin is the vice-president of the World Bank Group. Jung Chang is a British writer, famous for her award-winning book 'Wild Swans'. Anthony Horowitz is an English screenwriter and novelist, popular for his works such as 'The Diamond Brothers' series, 'The Power of Five' series, and the 'Alex Rider' series. Han Seung-soo is South Korea's former prime minister. Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist who writes for The Mail. His popular works include 'The Abolition of Britain', 'The War We Never Fought', and 'The Rage Against God'. Many other distinguished people are a part of the university's alumni network.

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