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Head of Responsible Business and Health & Safety

35 / per week - Full-Time
Cowley ,

Oxford BioMedica is a pioneer of gene and cell therapy and our work is helping to deliver life changing treatments.

Gene and cell therapy is the treatment of disease by the delivery of therapeutic DNA into a patient’s cells, providing long term and potentially curative treatments for a wide range of diseases. With the potential to transform medicine, the sector holds significant promise with the first commercial products now launched and others rapidly approaching the market.

Our recent successes are driving significant growth. As such, we are looking to recruit a Head of Responsible Business and Health & Safety.  This is a pivotal role within Oxford BioMedica to help us ensure we deliver on our safety first culture for our employees, the patients we treat, and all other stakeholders. A key element of the role will be to ensure the corporate, legislative and regulatory compliance for safety, health, environment, and welfare are adhered to across the company. This includes ensuring the SHE team are advocates of the company’s mission and values. The individual is expected to act as the specialist for safety, health, and environment within OXB, whilst providing leadership and guidance, embedding a ‘safety first’ culture.

Another key aspect of the role is to implement and deliver a Responsible Business Policy working across departments, providers, and regulators.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Responsible for embedding a health and safety ethos across the organisation, whilst creating an environment where everybody understands and embraces their role in keeping people safe.
  • Provide strategic-tactical and operational advice to the CEO, Senior Executive Team, and Heads of Department on all aspects of Health and Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Lead and develop the Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) team to enable them to deliver the processes, procedures, tools and training to support all aspects of SHE across OXB.
  • Responsible for the Company’s Occupational Health compliance through ensuring tools, processes, and procedures are in place across the company and to implement and monitor compliance.
  • Responsible for ensuring that OXB Responsible Business policy and strategy are implemented and managed to meet the stated mission with delivery of aligned objectives from across OXB  
  • Represent the Company and act as an expert on occupational health and safety both internally and externally.
  • Ensure the Company’s operations and sites (offices, laboratories and manufacturing buildings) comply with all the relevant safety, health, and environmental legislative requirements, whilst maintaining the Company’s activities, goals and values.
  • Responsible for ensuring the companies Health and Safety arrangements are relevant and up to date for the companies operations and meet all relevant legislative requirements.
  • Responsible for developing, implementing, and ensuring compliance to the companies environmental policy working across OXB to ensure tools process and training are in place.
  • Responsible for setting and managing the allocated budgets for responsible Business and SHE, including working across OXB to identify related needs and ensure timely implementation of solutions

Key skills and requirements:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Health and Safety Legislation and broad knowledge of Environmental Legislation
  • Experienced at outsourcing and managing a wide range of activities to meet business goals and needs
  • In-depth knowledge of the Company’s structure/culture and values
  • Experience and / or confidence in delivering a Responsible Business Policy

Person Specification:

  • Educated to degree or post graduate level in a life sciences subject or level of experience gained within a similar place of work and position.
  • Professionally qualified i.e. NEBOSH or qualified by experience
  • Experience in working within a Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology environment, may include specialism in areas of OXB operations such as laboratory and/or manufacturing
  • Member of professional body in health and safety such as Institute Science Technology and Research (ISTR) or Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) – Minimum Associate ISTR member

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