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Operational Risk Business Partner

National Trust
Priest House, Newport and Erddig, Wrexham
£40,564 per annum
Closing date
23 Jan 2022

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Health and Safety
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an opportunity for an experienced health and safety professional to work in our Operational Risk team, providing operational colleagues with advice enabling them to meet compliance responsibilities.

Candidates will hold a full UK driving license as much of the time will be spent visiting our amazing places and spaces. You should be willing to travel within the respective area, staying away overnight as and when required.

Your contractual location will be one of our regional hubs in Wales, however there will be an opportunity to explore and agree remote working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust. The role will involve travel to properties or regional hubs to meet with stakeholders and to carry out work.

What it's like to work here

We're bigger than you think, we're more complicated than we appear and we're larger scale than you'd imagine. We've got passionate people in all our teams, and we've got so much more we want to achieve. We're for ever, for everyone and we really mean that. We don't want to stop at 5.5 million members and we want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy access to our places, so we need to reach new audiences in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them without losing the hearts and minds of those that are already with us.

What you'll be doing

Our Operational Risk function provides professional guidance to managers at all levels on health and safety, fire, security, access and environmental compliance. This takes place in an incredible variety of properties, each with their own specific needs and challenges.

As a trusted business partner, you will help properties develop a holistic operational risk profile, enabling General Managers to determine and plan for mitigating actions.  This will be achieved through advice, guidance and consultation and not through enforcement.  It is about empowering relevant managers through expert guidance, not taking accountability for operational risk away from them. To make sure that properties are fulfilling their operational risk activities, you will carry out, when necessary, operational risk audits.

You will be a specialist in one of the following areas: occupational health and safety, environmental health, fire, security, visitor safety or environmental compliance. This means that, as well as generalist advice to your portfolio of properties, you will share your operational risk specialism with colleagues outside of your region. By offering expert advice and working closely with property colleagues, you’ll ensure we continue to give visitors great experiences while protecting our places of beauty and historic interest for future generations.

This post reports to the Senior Operational Risk Business Partner in the North and is closely supported by the topic national specialists within the Operational Risk team.

Who we're looking for

  • Holds a relevant occupational health & safety, environmental health, fire safety or security qualification, plus ideally membership of IOSH or equivalent body. 
  • You will be able to call on impressive operational risk advisory and risk management experience and be used to scoping, completing and reporting on operational risk audits. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of at least one of the following: visitor safety, environmental compliance, operational risk, outdoors (including trees), operational risk training, equipment/machinery, third party contractors, and fire safety. 
  • Good awareness of the operational risks facing a heritage organisation like the National Trust.
  • Of course, it is not just what you know, but how you share it. Practical and pragmatic, you must be able to understand wider organisational context.  You should be able to demonstrate great influencing skills as well as the ability to build strong relationships both internally and externally.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

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