Head of Health & Safety

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Support & transversal

Manchester, York, Birmingham, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 9,600 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.


We now have the opportunity for a high performing Health & Safety professional to join us in the critical position of Head of Health & Safety for our UK & Ireland business. This is a unique opportunity to join an organisation where Health & Safety is at the heart of what we do at SYSTRA and deliver to our clients through key infrastructure design projects. The role would ideally be based from either our Manchester, York or Birmingham offices with the flexibility of our hybrid working approach.


The Head of Health & Safety will lead, develop and deliver the company health, safety and security (3S) strategy for safety management and occupational health.  Manage the implementation of health and safety policies and procedures, adopting best practice and ensuring the H&S responsibilities are adopted throughout the business. Work with the Executive Team to agree the strategy and collaborate with stakeholders across the business to deliver the strategy.



Main Duties

  • Lead on all activities relating to Safety Management and Occupational Health, reporting and investigating accidents, and develop policy and processes and produce and deliver briefing materials
  • Deputy responsibility for Rail Operations, Health and Wellbeing, Assessing First Aid requirements for standard activities on site Lead safety critical activities for Health and Safety risks and assessments
  • Oversea and management of Fatigue / working hours
  • Ensure statutory guidance is complied with by new Acts of Parliament, Statutory Instruments, H.S.E. Guidance Notes and Codes of Practice are brought to the attention of the Board of Directors
  • To lead on awareness of Company related health and safety matters to the attention of the Board of Directors at regular intervals, produce management reports, newsletters, bulletins and alerts
  • Review working practices to ensure these are safe and comply with legislation, industry standards and client requirements
  • Ensure effective communication channels are in place to ensure Health & Safety matters can be raised and addressed speedily and efficiently
  • Maintain RISQS certification
  • Manage the risk assessment process and implement control measures to ALARP principles
  • Review existing and prepare safe operational procedures which identify and take account of all relevant hazards
  • Manage site inspections to ensure compliance to the company’s policies and procedures
  • Maintain records of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), including that of:
    • Accidents/Incidents/Close Calls and Near Misses
    • Leadership Engagement Tours
    • Site Visits
    • Take Time
  • Collate KPI information, undertake analysis and identify trends and detail findings within a monthly report
  • Ensure knowledge of all Health & Safety legislation is current and remain up to date with new legislation and any developments that affect the employer’s industry
  • Remain up to date with industry standards including:
    • RSSB Group Standards
    • Rule Book GE/RT8000
    • Network Rail Company Standards
    • RAIB Findings and Recommendations
    • Achilles RISQS Core Module and Product requirements
    • ISO Standards, including: 9001, 14001, 18001, 27000, 11000, 45001
  • Lead inhouse training with managers and employees of health and safety issues and risks
  • Maintain Business Continuity and Emergency procedures
  • Manage the health and safety budget in support of the execution of the Health & Safety annual plan, H&S team and supply chain


Experience Required


  • NEBOSH Diploma/Degree and a proven track record of delivering health & safety compliance and improvements
  • Experience in the Engineering and Construction Sectors
  • Complex stakeholder engagement and management capabilities
  • Proven track record of developing and delivering a programme to drive health and safety compliance & improvement
  • Ability to manage an in-house team and supply chain
  • Awareness of multidisciplinary aspects of operating in the construction industry supply chain
  • Appreciation of safety implications of working practices and understanding of construction site/manufacturing responsibilities
  • Good commercial awareness including programming and delivery to budget/timescales
  • Ability to undertake and investigate incidents, compliance issues and improvement outcomes using best industry practice
  • Good knowledge of CDM
  • Experience of operating in a Rail or Consultancy environment
  • Able to prepare Construction Phase Plans
  • Able to review WPPs, TBS and Method Statements
  • Able to undertake the role of Responsible Manager for SSOWPC
  • Experience in Microsoft Office products
  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of NEBOSH General Certificate
  • Chartered Member of IOSH
  • Ability to travel to client sites and other SYSTRA offices will be required


Behavioural Skills


  • Positive and enthusiastic team player
  • Leadership skills
  • Motivated to learn and pursue continued education
  • Ability to work well as a part of a team (internally and externally) and independently
  • Ability to use time productively, maximise efficiency and meet challenging work objectives
  • Rigorous organisation skills
  • Ability to interact with international colleagues with a different vision and technical culture
  • Exceptional work ethic as well as ability to uphold company values and demand the highest standard of conduct from self and others
  • Promote equality in the workplace and adopt appropriate behaviour when interacting with colleagues
  • Take necessary care to properly protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of corporate information from unauthorised disclosure, modification or destruction and never knowingly put SYSTRA’s information or information systems at risk



Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments or financial assistance to support you in your application or interview process please email:

reasonableadjustments@systra.com where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.