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Safety Officer

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About The Role

Role Title: Safety Assurance OfficerReporting to: Asset Management & Safety Assurance ManagerLocation: Sellindge / Hampshire / Solihull (you can be based out of any of these locations, however this role will require regular travel between these sites)

The Asset Strategy and Safety Assurance Team, is responsible for ensuring the safety of our people and making sure every penny we spend on our assets delivers maximum value. This team is the pivot point of the commercial and asset operations team ensuring we have best in class asset strategies that overlay the commercial complexities of the interconnector business. The team leads on defining the requirements of our assets and then aligns interventions to deliver performance in the most efficient way. We are also responsible for setting and executing the compliance and assurance frameworks for the interconnectors business, covering safety, health and environmental, quality and risk management.

The Safety Assurance Officer’s responsibility is to set, manage and undertake 1st line safety assurance activities across the UK sites of the French Interconnector business to ensure the business remains compliant with its safety management system framework, High Voltage Safety Rules and other relevant standards.

This role is key to the authorisation of roles, record keeping, audit and full implementation of the Safety Management System, Safety Rules, NGISI’s and LMI procedures. This role requires an experienced Health and Safety professional to assist in interviewing candidates and carrying out audits to satisfy themselves that the requirements and standards set out in the Safety Rules and associated procedures are adhered to and implemented.

The role holder will also lead on the development of interconnector specific safety training including managing the capture and updating of training and competency records to ensure that all operational employees are safely set to work. The role will also drive safety performance of the business by presenting effective MI to the management team for them to focus on the areas of risk and opportunity.

Excellent stakeholder management is a fundamental aspect of the role and aligning priorities

Key Accountabilities

• Set the annual programme and undertake required 1st line assurance activities to support thebusiness in delivering its legislative requirements and ensure adherence to the safety management system.• Analyse data and other relevant information and develop effective and engaging reports andmanagement dashboards to drive the effective management of risk and the identification of root causes.• Providing expert advice (as a service) on SHEQ and HV legislative requirements; including but not limited to pre and post contractual support• Support the authorisation process for appointing roles to the Interconnector Safety Rules• Supporting the development of effective and standards• Manage the training and competency records of operational employees and creating reports to ensure the business remains compliant and can safely set to work.• Liaise with the NGV SHE 2nd Line of Assurance team to inform on 1st Line of Assurance outcomes and ensure 2nd Line of Assurance activity focuses on business priorities, risks and/or opportunities.• Support the management of external stakeholders and enforcing authorities on SHE and HV related issues establishing and maintaining positive working relationships. Participate and provide evidence required in relation to external safety and compliance certifications.

About You

You will have previous experience as a Senior Authorised Person, along with demonstrable experience within the power industry in a High Voltage (HV) environment, ideally from a utilities background. You will have a proven track record in identifying hazards and implementation of relevant controls in line with a Safety Management System. In addition to this you will have demonstrable experience in developing Risk Assessments and Method Statements, along with in depth working knowledge of HV Safety Rules, NGISI's and LMI procedures. You will have experience in task and resource planning, temporary works and the provision and use of specialist tools and equipment

Qualifications & Skills Required:

• Relevant minimum qualification in Engineering (BTEC HNC or equivalent)• Current H & S Qualification (NEBOSH Dip, IOSH Dip, TECH or Chartered• member of IOSH)• Excellent Interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence, engage and• communicate articulately at various levels.• Ability to make sound decisions based on pragmatism and practicable• Application for management of SHE and HV risks.• Resilient with the confidence and courage to challenge behaviours and issues.

What you'll get

A competitive salary between £47,000 – £55,000 – dependent on capability.

As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on personal and company performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.

About Us

National Grid touches the lives of almost everyone in the UK, with an energy network that stretches across the Atlantic. We’re an international team, and our work underpins the lives of millions of people. Feet forwards, head up, and eyes bright, we’re working hard to create value for people today – and shape the future of energy tomorrow.

In the UK, we don’t generate or sell energy – we join the dots to get energy from A to B. From making a cup of tea in the morning, to keeping the lights on in hospitals, our electricity network puts power in the hands of people. Without it, the world as we know it would grind to a halt.

You’ll be working in one of the fastest paced environments in the electricity industry, HVDC Interconnectors. Interconnectors are a key feature of our energy landscape. They are making energy more secure, affordable and sustainable for consumers across Great Britain and Europe.

Our interconnectors play a critical role in the UK’s transition to clean energy resources

Our values and principles

At National Grid, through listening to what our customers need, every day we do the right thing and find a better way.

As a National Grid employee, you’ll treat our customers as a priority, taking time to listen and work with them to help give them the best experience we possibly can. You’ll need to be proactive and flexible in your approach and continually look for ways to exceed their expectations – sometimes in unexpected and helpful ways. You’ll provide accessible information when our customers need it and make things simple by using your expertise to guide them. Above all, you’ll follow through on your promises to deliver value, drive efficiency and give them a great customer experience.

We offer inclusion and diversity training for everyone here at National Grid, with a view to building an inclusive working environment and developing all our employees. Training opportunities range from unconscious bias and reverse mentoring to targeted training initiatives which are tailored to support our diverse and innovative work force.

Further Information

This role is due to close on 17th October 2019. However, we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid’s recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

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