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Health & Safety Manager

Allen & Overy LLP
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
6 May 2024

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Vacancy Type
Other specialist roles
Contract Type
Experience Level
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

Job description

Department purpose
Our Business Services team deliver a wide range of services, including: 

  • Document Services (printing, copying, scanning, producing documents, proof-reading, presentations, design, internal deliveries and translation, mail and couriers, business cards, and stationery)
  • Hospitality Services (front of house, catering, housekeeping and AV)
  • Resilience (global security, health & safety, business continuity and environment)
  • Engineering
  • Corporate Real Estate

Our Business Services teams have a direct link with all areas of the business and are always working to be the best that they can be.  When we recruit, we always seek the highest quality individuals who want to operate at the top of their game.

Role purpose
Reporting to the Health, Safety and Environment Senior Manager, the post holder is the leader and trusted advisor on H&S management and the development and maintenance of health and safety culture at work. Holding responsibility for the UK Safety Management System, including strategy, continual improvement, operational health & safety (H&S) management and relationships including developing and implementing initiatives, projects, and data analysis.

Key relationships

  • Global HSE Manager
  • Head of Engineering and Engineering Senior Manager
  • Head of Hospitality Management
  • Business Services Managers and Practice Group Managers
  • Employee Relations and HR Managers
  • Facilities contract managers
  • Belfast Facilities and Comms Senior Manager

Role and responsibilities

  • Developing and implementing health and safety strategies, objectives, projects and plans, in accordance with best practice in the professional services sector in order to continuously improve H&S performance.
  • Leading, managing and maintaining the implementation and development of the ISO 45001 Safety Management System, including transition to the new London office building in 2026.
  • Managing the H&S budget for operational and capital expenditure.
  • Managing all UK health and safety data systems and records and ensuring that all data has been received and input in accordance with agreed timescales, quality requirements and system specifications.
  • Collating and analysing H&S data from a range of UK and global activities.
  • Developing and maintaining H&S communications and engagement to support the strategy, and presenting routine and ad-hoc agendas, reports, presentations, etc. for key stakeholders and stakeholder groups including relevant Practice Group representatives and staff forums.
  • Reporting or sharing data with internal and external client and regulatory bodies.
  • Undertaking planned and reactive UK and global audits, inspections, risk assessments, stakeholder support, incident and accident investigations to identify, manage and reduce the firm's HSE risks.
  • Managing, monitoring and maintaining HSE training and online software training arrangements especially for fire wardens, first aiders, etc.
  • Indirectly managing team members responsible for First Aid supplies and workstation equipment.
  • Liaising with key internal and external stakeholders to respond to client and business requests for information.
  • Auditing contractors to ensure compliance with the firm’s safety objectives.
  • Managing the workstation assessment process and responses to those assessments.
  • Liaising with HR and Occupational Health in order to meet shared H&S and wellbeing objectives as necessary.
  • Taking the lead on H&S related aspects of business continuity management situations such as evacuations, floods and incidents.

Key requirements

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Experience of managing H&S in a professional services environment.
  • Management and development of ISO 45001 Safety Management Systems.
  • Experience of operating within a small team.
  • Ability to work in a matrix-management organisation using influence and negotiation skills to ensure the achievement of day-to-day and long-term H&S objectives in decision making involving a range of business priorities.
  • High levels of drive to continually improve performance.
  • Ability to work under high levels of pressure as necessary during day to day activities and, especially, business continuity/first aid incidents.
  • Experience in detailed data analysis, identification of trends and corrective initiatives and projects.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to deliver messages tailored for a wide range of internal audiences at all levels of seniority.


  • NEBOSH Diploma in Health and Safety or equivalent Degree.
  • Chartered MIOSH or working towards Chartership.

Should you require additional support at any stage of the recruitment process due to a disability or a health condition, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Allen & Overy’s recruitment team who will work with you to provide any reasonable adjustments as required.

We are an equal opportunities recruiter and do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic.

At Allen & Overy, we recognise that our people are our most valuable asset, which is reflected in the wide range of benefits that are available to our employees. Some of these benefits include: our occupational pension scheme, group income protection cover, private medical insurance, mental health resources and free apps, health and wellbeing services encompassing an onsite gym, wellbeing centre and GP service, emergency back-up care support, parental and special leave, holiday entitlement increasing with length of service, holiday trading, season ticket loans and online discounts and lifestyle management services.

Allen & Overy recognises the value of flexible working and embraces hybrid working, allowing our people to work from home up to 40% of their working time. We do however remain committed to working together in person for the remaining 60% of time so that we can learn, grow and succeed together. If you would like additional flexibility we will of course consider this in line with business needs.

Allen & Overy is a leading global law firm operating in over thirty countries. We work on some of the most challenging and important deals and have built a reputation for delivering exceptional legal solutions that help our clients grow, innovate and thrive. The legal industry is changing, and we're committed to leading that change, putting our people first, embracing new ways of thinking and integrating technology into our everyday work. Our business teams work hand-in-hand with our lawyers, Consultants and other specialist teams, and are ambitious, driven and leaders in their field.

With us, you will constantly be learning and growing. We invest in you by offering exceptional professional and personal development – providing training, mentoring and practical support. We offer rewarding careers that are built around your strengths and designed to ensure you can achieve your personal and professional goals, recognising that those may look different for everyone.

We have a powerful commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re determined to play our part in advancing a workplace where progress is made by harnessing our differences – whatever defines you, we ask you to bring your whole self to work.

What truly defines a career at Allen & Overy? We recruit the best and ask for the best of you. We provide challenge, support and a place for you to belong. And together we excel, working on meaningful projects of global significance.


With over 5,600 people in over 40 offices, Allen & Overy is a business doing work of global significance.

Our success is built on the work of talented and motivated people who thrive in a supportive and collaborative environment, dedicated to delivering an exceptional standard of work for our clients. We’re ambitious and forward-thinking, committed to growing our business and meeting the future head-on. We’re not afraid of change, and we believe in challenging the status quo.

What we do goes beyond delivering an outstanding service. We lead the market by creating new solutions for our clients’ most complex legal and business challenges, helping them grow, innovate and thrive. By thinking creatively and entrepreneurially, we challenge expectations, push boundaries and build for the future. We draw on a world-leading network of expertise and a unique platform – such as our Advanced Delivery services and our network of Peerpoint consultants, to set the highest standards for our industry.

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our global resources and sector expertise to work on matters that cross international boundaries with our culturally and geographically diverse teams. For you, it means that wherever you work, you’ll find a culture of inclusion and support – feeling confident to bring your whole self to work every single day. We have developed a culture in which difference is positively valued, and our people are free to be themselves.  At A&O, you're not only valued for what you do, but for who you are. 

We are in every sense one global team; supportive and collaborative, but also ambitious and driven.  Our capacity to combine these qualities and provide a setting in which our people can thrive is what makes us different.

Company info
+44 (0) 20 3088 0000
One Bishops Square
E1 6AD

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