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Health & Safety Manager

Southern Co-op
Field Based
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Health & Safety Manager (20670)

At Southern Co-op we offer a lot more than just a job. As we are completely owned by our 200,000+ members, we put people first. Become part of the family who are proud to serve local communities and put people first.

We have an exciting opportunity to join the team as our Health & Safety Manager. You will lead the health and safety function, ensuring the safety of our colleagues and customers. 

This is field based role where you will be required to travel to our sites across the south of England. You will also be required to work remotely and stay overnight on occasion. You are required to hold a full driving licence valid in the UK and a company car is provided as part of this role.

What to expect

With a customer-facing, multi-site business, which undertakes a wide range of activities, no two days are ever the same. Key activities include:

  • Manage the Health and Safety Management System (policies, training, auditing etc) to ensure Southern Co-op meets its health and safety and food safety requirements.
  • Develop and deliver the Health and Safety strategy for 24-26 and promote a positive health and safety culture across Southern Co-op
  • Manage a dedicated team to deliver proactive and reactive demands- ensuring resources are directed appropriately.
  • Manage the Food Safety Management Procedures, supporting the organisation to meet its obligations under food safety legislation.
  • Work in partnership with stakeholders and offer support, expert advice and deliver appropriate solutions and interventions to the organisation to promote effective risk management and effective working practices
  • Deliver excellent communication - providing effective management information to the Leadership Team and delivering clear messages to our colleagues.
  • Lead on our Primary Authority Partnership Agreement with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
  • Establish good relations with other societies, external stakeholders and relevant local enforcement authorities.

Key skills required 

  • Excellent knowledge of health and safety with proven experience of setting, delivering and embedding policy and process across a multi-site business.
  • NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent qualification or experience
  • Level 4 food safety training or equivalent experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to listen, influence and inspire
  • Experience in setting and managing budgets.
  • Excellent commercial awareness
  • Chartered member of IOSH (desirable)
  • Lead or Internal Auditor qualified (desirable)
  • Experience operating within a retail business (desirable)


  • Salary of £46,014
  • Company car
  • 34 days annual leave (incl bank holidays) increasing to a maximum of 39 days after 5 years’ service.
  • 20% discount in stores
  • Private medical insurance
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Group life assurance
  • Share incentive plan
  • NEST pension
  • Opportunities to develop your skills through apprenticeships and our own in-house training & development programmes

If we receive a high volume of relevant applications, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date, so please apply as soon as you can.

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