1 month ago

Job Summary

To support the Head of facilities & Utilities in all matters relating to Health and Safety within university buildings and Halls of Residence in order to ensure compliance with all legal obligations. Maintain a safe working environment, the wellbeing of staff, students, contractors and visitors in support of the University’s Corporate strategy

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description/Requirements


Core Functions:

  • Manage matters relating to Health and Safety, Fire Safety, and University compliance with HSE regulations and policies• Advise and support the University Management on operational and strategic issues relating to the management of Health and Safety, Fire Safety in the University premises and Halls of Residence both internally and externally managed
  • Have an extensive working knowledge of current Health and Safety legislation and advise the University Management of changes to legislation and ensure the University is compliant in all areas
  • Advise all departments including the Safety Unit of the suitability of fire precautions and procedures within the University estate
  • Work with the University Fire Officer in ensuring that all university buildings remain fire safe
  • Proactively identify training needs of HSE staff, including analysis of needs identified during appraisals, and provide staff development opportunities in accordance with needs• Design and deliver training to the department and other relevant staff in the University on matters relating to Health and Safety
  • Oversee the delivery of Health and Safety inductions for the team, contractors, and other university staff as required
  • Devise, develop, and audit effective Health and Safety policies and procedures to ensure statutory compliance across the University including fire safety, asbestos control, legionella, electrical and gas safety, and contractor management• Ensure all university buildings have a current Asbestos Register, Legionella Assessment and Fire Risk Assessment
  • Manage the inspection processes of all areas under the responsibility of the HSE department.

Communication Documentation & Record Keeping:

  • Cooperate with Central Safety Unit Staff with the dissemination of the university Safety Policy to all relevant parties
  • Ensure relevant HSE policies are disseminated to the Safety Unit for wider compliance
  • Ensure appropriate and documented safety procedures are in place in respect of services provided by the HSE or by contractors operating on the university’s behalf
  • Investigate and report to University Management Team on accidents, incidents, near misses, and fires within the university and halls of residence and make recommendations to prevent reoccurrence
  • Provide reports and statistics on all aspects of Health and Safety within HSE to internal committees/external bodies as necessary
  • Maintain up-to-date records, statistics and a departmental web presence regarding Health and Safety and Staff Development matters


  • Manages and provides leadership in all HSE functions of the department
  • Analyses the HSE needs and articulates them to the Head of Facilities & Utilities
  • Leads the development and direct the implementation of HSE strategies and plans for the department to enable the effective development and delivery of plans on facilities
  • Provides timely monthly reports to the Director of Facilities & Utilities and other reports as and when requested
  • Manages and supervises the HSE team and support staff
  • Represents the department in committees and professional organization membership(s) and performs related duties as assigned
  • To represent the department on campus and to the local community where needed  


  • Degree in Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Facilities Management, or other related field
  • A certificate in HSE and fire safety, and a certificate in Asbestos and Legionella Management will be an added advantage
  • 5-8years years post qualification experience working in a health and safety role in a similar environment
  • Membership in relevant professional organizations and networks
  • Possess high-quality leadership and management skills
  • Experience in Institutional Planning and Development• Display excellent interpersonal and organizational communication skills
  • Strong knowledge and understanding in the following areas: physical basic systems operations and maintenance, mechanical/electrical / plumbing systems, fire/life safety in high-rise buildings, and facilities planning and construction
  • Organizing work and building an effective team to meet the needs of the assigned areas.

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