Senior Safety Advisor - Chemical, CBR Division


  • Location:
    Porton Down
  • Salary:

Job Description

About the job

As a key member of the CBR Division and Dstl Health Safety and Environmental Protection community, the Senior Safety Advisor - Chemical is responsible for generating and promoting a positive vision for Chemical Safety within CBR Division and across Dstl. They will play a pivotal role in helping to manage occupational risks arising from chemical substances through the identification, development and delivery of effective preventative and remedial solutions. This will involve the use of a range of techniques both as an individual and through partnering with the relevant Safety Technical Authorities.

Job description
In this role you will:
• Provide safety advice to staff;
• Be pro-active in the identification of safety issues and recommendation of appropriate solutions;
• Provide an internal chemical safe consultancy service in cooperation with other advisers to the safety community and wider Dstl, taking personal ownership of the specific technical issues referred;
• Advise the Head of Safety, Division Heads and Chairs of relevant Safety Technical Authorities of any changes to relevant legislation, codes of practice or guidance that affect Dstl activities and to propose an effective course of action where necessary. To support the continued and ongoing development of the relevant processes and guidance as part of Dstl’s system of management control;
• Take responsibility for the development of both personal and organisational understanding of best practice in the field;
• Actively support and influence the chemical safety agenda by taking ownership for both communicating and acting on key messages including the continued and ongoing development of the relevant sections of the Dstl Management System;
• Advise on, develop and where appropriate deliver, an effective training programme for staff involved in activities using hazardous chemicals;
• Advise on emergency plans for incidents involving chemical material, adequacy of their testing and in the event of an incident to provide technical support;
• Contribute to the development and implementation of an agreed inspection and risk based audit programme for chemical safety issues across the Division. Develop monitoring performance indicators for chemical safety across the Division and provide effective intervention where needed;
• Undertake and record accident/incident information and data by monitoring, investigating and processing all reports raised by staff, contractors and their visitors. Ensure that the appropriate corporate reporting process has been applied and that actions are monitored to close out;
• Undertake knowledge/skills development and coaching for staff (e.g. Safety Technician/Risk Assessors/WPS/BS) through the development, delivery and evaluation of safety training & mentoring programmes and the identification and active promotion of relevant safety initiatives;
• When required, liaise with regulatory bodies to ensure the business is compliant with mandatory regulations;
• Provide technical support to Senior Establishment Incident Manager (SEIM) during a site incident as requested;

• Provide assurance services including:
o As a member of the Division/Dstl audit team and where appropriate, the Corporate Safety Audit team carrying out audits to evaluate the effectiveness of Safety systems and procedures and identify and implement improvements.

• Support safety inspections by Division Head, GL’s and those initiated by the Safety Manager.

We are looking for someone who has:
• Practical experience with working with chemicals, particularly high hazard chemicals
• A good understanding of containment systems, occupational hygiene and the hierarchy of control;
• A desire to motivate Dstl to be as safe as it can be when working with hazardous chemicals and to showcase our abilities;
• The ability to proactively take the lead, inspire and effect positive change, communicate messages to multiple audiences with credibility;
• The ability to quickly develop good working relationships with a variety of people;
• Good networking skills;
• Tact and diplomacy in dealing with a wide range of issues/challenges;
• Persistence to see things through to a conclusion;
• Ability to handle conflicting priorities successfully delivering to changing requirements;
• Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
• Training skills with a dedication learning and development.

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise. We work closely with the Defence and Security Industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.
A recognised Safety qualification at National Qualifications Framework Level 6 or NVQ equivalent
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Seeing the Big Picture
Changing and Improving
Making Effective Decisions
Working Together
Delivering at Pace
Managing a Quality Service
Technical skills
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

• Practical experience of working with hazardous chemicals;
• Experience with assessing risk and recommending mitigations as part of working with hazardous chemicals;
• Experience explaining a technical concept to a range of audiences so that they understand that concept
• Report writing skills;
• The ability to prioritise activities to best effect.
We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

- Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
- Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month
- Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
- Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
- Chartership and accreditation support.
- Pension.
- Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
- A competitive salary.
- Onsite gyms and restaurants.
- Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

If you have a disability we will try our best to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to this post in the application / interview process due to a disability.