Together we are Trusted to Serve Scotland.

We are looking for an experienced Health & Safety Adviser to work in our Field Operations Team.

The post holder will provide health and safety services and support to assigned groups within the Customer Services Directorate (CSD) on the mainland in the East of Scotland region.

Applicants should be based in or within easy travelling distance of of Dundee, Perth or Fife.

Working arrangements will be of a hybrid nature predominantly on site with elements of working from home or at one or more of Scottish Water’s strategic Health & Safety hubs.

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    To fulfil this role candidates will need to have personal attributes that will satisfy specific requirements; an ability to work autonomously and at times, remotely given the geographical area and demonstrate drive and enthusiasm to provide excellent service to customers.

    Candidates should have experience in working with a broad range of people with different experiences and at different levels across the organisation, demonstrating an ability to positively influence health and safety behaviours and the culture within Scottish Water.

    The post-holder will play a pivotal role in increasing safety awareness and behaviours, improving compliance, decreasing workplace incidents and building an organisational culture for Health & Safety by ensuring business and partner engagement with Health & Safety performance, risk management methodology and culture. Within this highly visible role, the post-holder will be able to develop relationships that influence safety practices that support the most efficient way of embedding effective health and safety skills and behaviours into Scottish Water.

    The Role

    To fulfil the legal requirements placed on Scottish Water, the H&S Adviser will provide comprehensive health and safety advice and support regionally, at all levels within the business.

    The post holder will assist with the systematic identification, evaluation, control, and monitoring of risks; contribute to and champion the development and implementation of Scottish Water health and safety standards to ensure compliance with legislation and strategic business objectives and build an organisational culture for Health and Safety, including but not restricted to:

    To provide competent, cost effective, influential, specialist and practical H&S advice, guidance and support to the business based on interpretation of legislation, codes of practice and an understanding of industry best practice. Keeps up to date with developments in legislation and industry best practice.

    Research, develop, implement, and continuously review health and safety standards, procedures, and arrangements (e.g. energy isolations, working at height, DSEAR, lone working) to assist in promoting safe working practices alongside other business priorities.

    Support HAZOP and process safety analysis co-ordinated by the construction team.

    To advise Management on the development of health and safety plans for the whole of Scottish Water and for specific customers within Scottish Water.

    To promote a positive health and safety culture within Scottish Water by enabling managers and employees to understand and action their responsibilities through the design and delivery of training.

    Provide follow-up support and gathering feedback to enable continuous improvement of standards, and procedures to ensure best practice, best value and maintain compliance to achieve zero harm.

    To contribute to the audit and review of the Health and Safety Management System.

    To actively monitor activities across Scottish Water’s operations including, suppliers, contractors and partners which promote the identification and avoidance of systems failures. Respond with urgency to any loss-making event to the business or harm to employees, (e.g., investigation of accidents and incidents).

    To work closely with key customers and improve H&S performance through effective customer liaison (e.g., management teams, safety committees, safety initiatives, site inspections), building strong, trusting customer relationships through close support and enthusiasm.

    Core Skills Required

    Capable of interacting with and working as part of a high performing team, with a desire for personal development to realise their full potential and achieve results through training and effective coaching from external and internal sources.

    NEBOSH General Certificate or equivalent.

    Ability to make decisions based on analysis of information within a very fast paced, customer focused environment.

    Experience of engaging and influencing key stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes

    A commitment to build on existing operational experience and willingness to develop an understanding of Scottish Water processes and practices.

    Develop an understanding of the legislative and regulatory environment within which Scottish Water operates.

    Desirable Skills

    NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent, or be willing to work towards it.

    Knowledge of the Utility industry particularly, working at height, energy isolations and DSEAR.

    Salary: Grade C (£30,605.00 – £42,575.00 per annum)

    You can also expect:
    38 days of holiday per year (pro rata) with the option to buy 5 more.

    Eligibility to join the defined benefit, contributory pension scheme.

    Annual company bonus.

    Life assurance scheme.

    Paid time off for community volunteering.

    Opportunities to be involved in sports, social and fundraising activities.

    Access to SW Splash, saving you money on holidays, bills and shopping.

    Excellent family friendly policies around Adoption, Maternity, Parental Leave, and Flexible Working.

    The closing date for applications is Monday 13th February 2023.

    Do you have any support needs?

    Please let us know if there are any changes we can make to our application and selection process to make it easier and more comfortable for you. Email us here with the vacancy reference number in the subject line so we can work with you to support you throughout your application.

    Working at Scottish Water

    Scottish Water is one of the UK’s leading water companies, the quality of drinking water and satisfaction with the service we provide our customers has never been higher – but we want to be even better – and you could help play an important part!

    We take employee engagement very seriously and have an inclusive and collaborative work environment where we respect people’s differences. We are committed to creating an engaging environment and a positive experience for our employees.

    We were recently recognised as a Top 10 Flexible Employer in Scotland at the Flexibility Works Awards 2021 and by The Times as a Top 50 Employer for Women in 2019.

    In 2019 we also won the Age Inclusive Award at The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards and were winners of the Best Public Sector Employer at the Family Friendly Working Scotland Awards 2020.

    We have Carers Positive Exemplary Status and were Silver Award 2019 & Gold Award winners 2020 of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

    We aim for work to be an energising and fulfilling experience and everyone plays their part to ensure that Scottish Water is trusted to serve our customers and communities.

    We are passionate about creating opportunities for young people and are proud to have achieved the Gold standard in the Investors in Young People accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to creating rewarding opportunities for young people.

    You will have access to a host of benefits which include 38 days holiday a year, a defined benefit pension scheme, a discounted medical cash plan and cycle to work, plus a variety of agile working arrangements and family-friendly policies designed to support your wellbeing.

    Next Steps

    Any offer of employment with Scottish Water will be subject to the successful completion of a mandatory pre-employment screening process, including Disclosure Scotland and eligibility to work in the UK. Details can be found on our website.

    For more information about this role or if you require any additional support throughout the application process please contact the recruitment team: SWRecruitment@scottishwater.co.uk

    As part of our commitment to developing a flourishing Scotland, it is important that Scottish Water employees are resident in Scotland and contribute to the Scottish economy by paying Scottish income tax on their earnings. As a result we ask all potential employees to confirm that they are resident in Scotland, or to confirm their intentions to move to Scotland within 6 months of their start date.

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