About the Role
Who sets the standards, to ensure that anything that can be measured is done so with consistency and reliability? We do. Through our vital research, the National Physical Laboratory is helping support scientific and commercial innovations, international trade, environmental protection and health and wellbeing.  Given the nature of our work, we take the health and safety of our people very seriously at NPL. As our Health and Safety Manager, you’ll set the standards as to what that means. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

Our workplace is incredibly varied – from a restaurant, to break-out spaces, a library, offices and controlled laboratory environments. Each area has very specific health, safety, environmental and security standards to which we must comply to protect the health and safety of our people. You’ll manage, develop and communicate these standards, carrying out training where needed. Overseeing the day-to-day operations of your team, you’ll help them deliver your objectives and compliance plans, ensuring that everything is delivered on time and within budget. Yet, this isn’t about just setting the direction. You’ll be hands-on in performing and reviewing audits, as well as overseeing injury and compliance investigations to see that everything is carried out to the letter. We’ll expect you to keep up-to-date with latest HSE developments, championing best-practice across our organisation. You’ll also help drive and motivate your team, whilst actively encouraging professional development. Heading-up the Site Emergency Response team, you will also be on an on-call rota for out-of-hours emergencies.
About You

As someone who has substantial health and safety experience already, you’re looking to bring your expertise to challenge what we do and make improvements where you can. Any formal relevant qualifications are highly desirable, as are great communication skills (written and verbal). Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need.

In line with significant organisational growth and transformation plans, NPL has a clear vision "to be an exemplary National Laboratory that undertakes excellent science and engineering and uses this to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK". We also clearly define our mission "to provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK`s prosperity and quality of life" 

We have an opportunity for a Health and Safety Manager to join the Health, Safety, Environment and Security team, responsible for managing and developing health, safety, environmental and security organisational standards, ensuring compliance with legislation and Company management systems. 

Main responsibilities for this role include: 

  • Lead on a day to day basis as well developing the members of the HSE team from a skill set and competency perspective.
  • Develop systems and strategies to deliver core HSE goals and related procedures. 
  • Provide HSE assistance and support to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Support development and delivery of the Company's health, safety and environmental objectives and plans, cost effectively and within budget.
  • Carry out HSE training, ensuring that regulations are complied with, and the training needs of the Company are met.
  • Maintain audit and HSE procedures and systems to provide a framework for the business to meet corporate and legal requirements.
  • Audit compliance to HSE requirements, for both internal and external stakeholders, and track progress on actions arising, to ensure that procedures and systems are being applied consistently.
  • Lead incident investigations (within the areas of responsibility) and ensure the findings are followed through to completeness.
  • Monitor updates in legislation and best practice, implementing/ communicating any changes.
  • Record and analyse statistical data to monitor standards and develop improvement initiatives as required.
  • Member of the Emergency Response team.

Required Skills and Experience: 

  • Minimum NEBOSH General Certificate or NVQ equivalent
  • Member of IOSH or IIRSM
  • Experience of dynamic environment ideally in R&D science or engineering role
  • Experience of auditing and conducting incident investigations including root cause investigations
  • Knowledge of CDM Regs 2015
  • Ability work with and lead a team
  • Ability to set priorities and work independently
  • High levels of attention to detail
  • Clear concise written and verbal communication
  • Ability to communicate across all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to make decisions


  • NEBOSH Diploma, NCRQ Level 6 or NVQ equivalent
  • Demonstrable experience in technical safety - process systems / pressure systems / thermal systems / ATEX / DSEAR
  • Experience of fire risk management - IFE training or equivalent
  • Experience with ISO 45001 and/or quality management systems

We will be reviewing applications prior to the official close date, so we may change the close date if needed. 

About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.