Health Safety & Environment Director, Region

Last updated 3 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

HR HR Region (109003) G5

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. From Crossrail - Europe's largest civil engineering project- to investment in passenger stations and major programmes of electrification, we are involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

With railway from the borders of Scotland to the nation's capital, Eastern region is critical to the success of Britain.

We are an incredibly busy region, operating some of the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to and from busy cities including Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Norwich, Cambridge and London.

Our region is also home to other major transport hubs including three airports and 13 freight ports. We connect millions of people every day to city, town, coast and country. We connect people to friends and family, jobs and leisure, as well as goods to businesses here and abroad.

Eastern region in numbers

    More than a billion annual passenger journeys

      3 managed stations: Leeds, King's Cross and Liverpool Street

        6,042 route miles (31.2% of national)

          3,400 passenger services every day and 15 train operators

            1,057,462 tonness of freight moved a week with 1,742 freight movements - the highest of all regions

              2,614 level crossings

                9,278 bridges

                  9,262 signals

                  At Network Rail, we are dedicated to becoming one of Britain's best employers and believe this starts with placing the candidate at the heart of everything we do!

                  Our ambition to be responsive to passengers and freight users, drives us every day and we're empowered to do the right thing for those who use the rail network. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues and protecting safety and wellbeing.

                  We're passionate about great service and we ask ourselves, what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? We pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. For more information about Network Rail click here

                  Brief Description

                  At Network Rail the Safety and health of the travelling public and our workforce is of paramount importance. That's why, we are looking for a Health Safety & Environment Director to lead and direct the development and continuous improvement of our Eastern regional strategy for achievement of world class health, safety, and environment (HSE) performance; in addition to delivering an industry-leading safety culture within the region.

                  You'll have the opportunity to direct the development and implementation of the regional safety and sustainability leadership and culture change programme and drive transformational change across the region and routes to deliver improved safety performance.

                  In this pivotal senior role you will provide management assurance to the Managing Directors Regional senior leadership team on the relevant legal compliance, and the extent to which the Region is managing and reducing its health, environmental and social risks.

                  About the role (External)

                  Key responsibilities include:

                    Leading, developing and implementing the regional vision and strategy for all health, safety, and environment related matters and direct the continuous refinement and improvement of the strategy. You'll work collaboratively with route directors to address specific route requirements

                      Leading and directing the development of safety capabilities and competency frameworks across the regions workforce to improve overall safety capability and performance

                        Influencing the required cultural and behavioural changes required to deliver the region vision and strategy

                          Leading the region's compliance with the Network Rail Management System, implement risk-based monitoring programmes to test compliance with legislative obligations and implement effective Route governance on all health, safety and environment matters

                            Directing and implementing the region's strategies and plans on health, safety and environment in accordance with business objectives and performance measures to enable the region to meet its responsibilities for HSE management.

                              Leading and directing the development and delivery of the regional strategy to improve public and passenger safety across the operational railway and managed stations

                                Lead the review and management of all health safety, and environment risks relevant to the region and routes and the controls put in place to manage the identified risks, advising the leadership team when controls become or are likely to become ineffective

                                  Lead engagement with Technical Authority, ORR, other regulatory bodies, trades unions, customers and Alliance partners / teams on health, safety and environment matters specific to the Region.

                                    Act as the Designated Competent Person (DCP) for workforce accidents and environmental incidents including providing expert advice on accident and incident investigation tools, techniques and best practice. Oversee the Fair Culture and Independent Review Panel.

                                    Are you?

                                      A member of the institution of Occupational Safety and Health with Chartered status

                                        Able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the Health and Safety at Work Act and relevant statutory provisions, including railway-specific regulations.

                                          Extensive senior leadership experience working in a safety critical industry leading safety, health and environmental strategy and direction.

                                            Competent in managing safety, occupational health and sustainability matters

                                            Do you have?

                                              NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent qualification

                                                Proven successful experience in the strategic management of complex system risk

                                                  Exceptional interpersonal skills, possessing the ability to interact and maintain credibility with people at all levels across the business and industry stakeholders

                                                    Previous successful significant experience in a senior management role

                                                      Successful experience of leading teams in a complex, dynamic environment

                                                        Detailed understanding of health, safety, quality, environment and sustainability, and the mitigation plans required for business benefit

                                                          The ability to demonstrate understanding of quality management systems

                                                            Demonstrable strong influencing and leadership skills

                                                              Demonstrable excellent report writing and presentation skills

                                                                Sound knowledge of railway industry

                                                                How to apply (External)

                                                                Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. Network Rail positively embraces flexible working, recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life. We will consider all flexible working applications.

                                                                Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

                                                                Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefitsincluding a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

                                                                We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: starting at £107,428 per annum and increasing to £127,890 per annum

                                                                Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

                                                                Salary: £107,428

                                                                Closing date: 07-08-2020 Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.