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Senior Occupational Health Manager

  • Location

    Birmingham, West Midlands

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  • Salary:

    £450 - £550 per day

  • Contact:

    Helen Ruddy

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  • Published:

    almost 4 years ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Our Senior Occupational Health and Wellbeing manager will proactively lead and manage the continuing development of the company's nurse led occupational health service, to improve and diversify the function in line with the needs of the business, our employees and supply chain.


  • Undertake contractor prequalification and tender evaluations as part of the procurement process with follow on of continuous monitoring of supply chain performance
  • Lead, develop and implement a strategy for Occupational Health and Wellbeing that meets the business objectives, and works in collaboration with the wider people functions
  • Lead, develop and deliver a health management approach for:
    • Long term case management and rehabilitation
    • Improve absence management advice and support for business managers
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the service its interventions and benefits through self-auditing procedures.
  • Provide commercially viable and focused solutions for addressing sector and social health and wellbeing issues e.g. aging workforce, obesity, muscular skeletal injuries, stress, resilience and physical fitness etc.
  • Collect, record and interpret occupational health data
  • Incorporate strategies of primary prevention and early intervention of adverse health effects
  • Implement and lead on occupational health audits
  • Develop and sustain relationships with leadership teams and individuals with the aim of improving health and social well-being
  • Appraise policies and recommend changes to prevent ill health and improve health
  • Have knowledge of and interpret Employment and Health and Safety legislation
  • Act as a change agent to educate, motivate and support employees to make healthy lifestyle choices based upon current public health best practice and guidance
  • Assess and utilise specialists information and support for hazard identification and risk control e.g. noise assessments, ventilation and vibrations assessments, dust etc.
  • Lead the development of occupational health standards and act as an expert in the development of policies where OH input is required
  • You will be expected to actively promote and embed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work, and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.


  • Senior Occupational Health Qualification (Qualified to Masters or Degree Level with relevant experience)
  • Registered General Nurse (degree or similar) and demonstrative experience in managing clinical interventions on a major project or programme recognising the challenges of a non-clinical manager e.g. establishing credibility to your internal customer and motivating and supervising a clinical team
  • Practise in line with the best available evidence and ensure that any information or advice given is evidence-based, including information relating to using any healthcare products or services, and maintain the knowledge and skills you need for safe and effective practice.
  • Maintain standards of practice and develop knowledge and skills with reference to competence developed by the NMC, FOM, RCN and new legal standards


  • Working effectively and collaboratively with large stakeholder groups
  • Being an innovative and focussed self-starter who can spot initiatives, opportunities, engage others and implement activity in a fast paced environment
  • Experience in managing and leading change building on the existing service success and spotting opportunities and planning for the future business challenges with and through the team and wider stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of colleagues across the organisation
  • Motivational leadership skills with a strong focus in areas of sound judgement, consistency, team work, listening, influencing, challenging, coaching, development, performance management and importantly, a great sense of humour
  • Being committed to personal performance with passion, energy, pace, a can do attitude and a strong work ethic.
  • Excellent verbal and literacy skills to provide clear advice and direction
  • An appreciation of issues from different viewpoints and the ability to build a climate of trust and openness


  • When deputising for the Corporate Head of Occupational Health and Strategy, capable of making key decisions at Board and Senior level with due cognisance of the impact at and business and functional area
  • Decisions that could have a strategic impact or set a precedent must be elevated to the area Corporate Head of Occupational Health and Strategy


  • Budgetary management responsibility of £150k per year.
  • Jobholder has no direct reports but this may change in the future to reflect the needs of the business
  • The value of the contracts that this role will provide support to will be circa £11bn.

This role reports to the Corporate Head of Occupational Health and Strategy and will provide strategic and day to day support to the cross functional areas such as HR, construction and TD Directorate.

Take reasonable care to ensure your own and others' health and safety - including those who may be affected by the delivery of this role - by taking personal responsibility for working to the HS2 Safe at Heart principles.
Co-operate with HS2 in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times and not interfering with measures in place to protect your health, safety or welfare.
Advocate and promote the company's well-being strategy and policies.