Job description for Health and Safety Advisor

We are looking for a Health and Safety Advisor to join our team in Abbey Wood. This is a unique position with a variety of responsibilities to enable you to effectively support the Site Safety Lead, as well as liaising, coordinating, and communicating efficiently with a number of contractors, project teams and team leads.

At the SDA, we champion flexible ways of working. Regular in-person attendance is required to promote the benefits of face-to-face collaboration alongside flexibility of hours to support work-life balance. Initially, you may be expected to attend more frequently to familiarise yourselves with the site, the team, and your role.

What you’ll be doing

  • Support the Site Safety Lead by conducting site specific reviews, investigations and audits and supporting assurance activities. Support the Site Safety Lead by arranging Site Safety Tours, review, audit, and update Site Memorandum of Understanding and providing metrics for the Safety Committee as required.
  • Review site health, safety and environmental performance via first party audit and provide an annual update on compliance with policy arrangements.
  • Manage enquiries and act as focal point on health and safety matters on site, providing advice to stakeholders across the business.
  • Produce site risk assessment, maintain and review/reissue as and when there are significant changes.
  • Assist in embedding compliance of Occupational Health and Safety legislation and regulations across the site.
  • Provide metrics for performance reporting (Key Performance Indicators) and manage dashboard reporting and risk registers.
  • Assist in the development of corporate communications in relation to health and safety messages.
  • Produce, update, maintain site specific instructions, induction briefs and a webpage.
  • Deliver Health Safety and Environmental Induction briefs and record staff attendance on central Occupational, Health, Safety and Environmental, Training Planning and Monitoring Register.
  • Attend Occupational, Health, Safety and Environmental Working Group.
  • Attend Defence Equipment and Support, Safety, Health, Environmental and Fire Committee.

Person specification

To be successful with your application, you’ll need to show that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Hold NEBOSH General Certificate
  • Previous working experience in Health and Safety

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competences and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

  • Conducting Risk Assessments – Practitioner
  • Conducting OHSEP Audit and Assurance Activities – Supervised Practitioner
  • Working Together – CSBC 2
  • Communicating and Influencing – CBSC 2


Alongside your salary of £27,800, Ministry of Defence contributes £7,506 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • 25 days’ annual leave +1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday
  • Flexible and hybrid working options
  • Market-leading average employer pension contribution of 27%
  • Annual performance-based bonus and recognition awards
  • Access to specialist training and funded qualifications
  • Support for progression
  • Huge range of discounts
  • Volunteering days
  • Enhanced parental leave schemes

Improving innovation and enriching our culture, diversity of thought is vital to our success. So whether you’re looking for a new opportunity, a next step, or a helping hand as you return from a career break, bring your experiences and help deliver for the defence of tomorrow. Here you’ll find a supportive, family-friendly organisation to be a part of – and if you need any assistance with your application, just let us know.


Further Information

Selection process details

Your application will go through the following stages of assessment:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the Person Specification section of this advert. On your CV, please clearly show how you meet the essential criteria.

2. Sift – Your CV will be assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system: Key Achievements; Relevant Experience; Applied Knowledge and Skills

Please follow our guidance on CV writing for best chance of success.

3. Interview – If you’re invited to interview, you’ll be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the Technical Competences and Behaviours listed in the Person Specification section of this advert.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Ready to join us as a Health and Safety Advisor? Apply today.

Job Details

We’re hiring on behalf of the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA)

Job title

Health and Safety Advisor


£27,800 – £29,900 p.a (plus benefits)

Existing civil servants should refer to the Candidate Information Pack for salary information.

Contract type


Business area

MOD – Submarine Delivery Agency – Corporate Services Group

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



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