Health and Safety Coordinator, Estates Operations

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  • Job Reference: MSCAMHSCE0
  • Job Title: Health and Safety Coordinator, Estates Operations
  • Location: Cambridge
  • Basic Salary Range: £30,942-£40,322 + Excellent Pension Contribution & Other Benefits
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Posted 2 years ago
  • This position has been filled

About The University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209, The University of Cambridge has been at the forefront of academic study and research for over eight centuries. The University of Cambridge is the fourth-oldest university in the world. Among their alumni they have 110 Nobel Prize Laureates, 47 Heads of State and 190 Olympic Medallists.

Cambridge is a globally diverse institution and their students come from over 147 different countries.


Mission and Core Values

The University’s mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Estates Division

The Estates Division is responsible for the planning, development and operation of the University’s operational and investment Estates.  It employs 350 people and is responsible for capital and operational budgets in excess of £200m.  The Operational Estate is one of the UK’s largest and comprises some 370 teaching, academic and research buildings with a total footprint of 723,000 square metres and an insurance value in excess of £3.4bn.  The Non-Operational Estates comprises more than 1000 investment, support and residential properties and the University Farm.

Background To The Requirement 

The Health & Safety Coordinator position sits within the Estates Operations team within Estates Division and reports to the Head of Estates Facilities and in a matrix reporting line to the Health & Safety Manager in the central Estates Division Business Support function.

The role holder will  provide management and support in all aspects of health, safety and wellbeing across the Estates Operations function including policies, procedures, compliance, communication and reporting in conjunction with Estates Division policy led by the Health and Safety Manager.

What you’ll be doing

The role holder will be accountable for developing and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing policy and processes, and for monitoring and reporting on health, safety and wellbeing performance across all services and functions provided and managed by the Estates Operations teams.  These include maintenance, minor project works, housekeeping, landscaping, catering, waste management and other support functions such as postal services, AV support and reprographics.  The remit includes both directly employed staff and external contractors and service providers.

The role holder will engage with other University and Estates Division staff and advisers through health and safety committees, working groups and meetings.  They will play a key role in driving a safety culture and awareness throughout the Division and the wider University.

The role holder will provide training and support for all staff within Estates Operations.

The role holder will implement and manage procedures and processes to monitor and ensure health, safety and wellbeing compliance.  They will work with the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager to develop management reporting tools to meet best practice, and ensure appropriate and accurate information is provided to the leadership team.


  • Built environment health and safety experience along with experience of managing health and safety across multiple locations.
  • Experience in implementing H&S policy and processes, creating risk assessments, undertaking audits.
  • Sound working knowledge of H&S legislation and best practice.
  • Experience of management reporting requirements and of the development of HSSE audit, records and reporting systems
  • Experience of implementing staff development and training programmes, including staff motivation, encouragement and support.
  • Experience of H&S management standards such as ISO 45001.
  • Maintenance and/or facilities management industry knowledge is an advantage but not essential.



  • Excellent communication & stakeholder relationship management skills at all levels.
  • Ability to work within a team, plan and manage work activities, communicate and prioritise workloads.
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to manage complex projects under time challenging conditions.
  • Demonstrable analytical and report-writing skills.
  • Effective decision making & problem resolution skills.
  • Ability to motivate and enthuse others, including at a senior level.
  • Ability to present complex ideas to a variety of audiences.
  • Highly proficient in MS Office suite.
  • Experience in risk management and CAFM systems.


  • Qualified to Degree Level or Level 7 Business or Management qualification.
  • Relevant qualifications in health and safety such as a NVQ, BSC or NEBOSH national diploma.
  • Either hold or be close to obtaining Chartered Membership of IOSH (CMIOSH).


About You

This post requires first class interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate with all stakeholders both internal and external to The University of Cambridge at all levels. For success in this role you will also need be a strong team player who uses initiative but with a consultative approach. Holding a strong customer focus you will be committed to excellence in service delivery.


This is an exciting time to join one of the world’s oldest and most successful universities globally.

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity so If you’re looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution please apply today.



  • For a confidential conversation please get in touch with our engaged consultants at Maxwell Stephens; either Peter Forshaw ( OR Rebecca Simmons ( Both Peter and Rebecca are available on Tel: 0207 118 4848.
  • To apply please send both a CV and a couple of paragraphs on why you feel you are suited to this exciting requirement to with reference: MSCAMHSCE0
  • All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to Maxwell Stephens.
  • Closing Date:  Friday 5th February 2021