HSEQ Manager - Kuwait

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 27 Oct 2017

Reference number



£44,272 - £53,478


Grade 7

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

3 years

Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability
Health and Safety

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Overseas - Kuwait

About the job

Job description

Cefas is a major marine science research centre in the UK and has need for a health, safety, environment and quality manager for its emerging operations in Kuwait. As the senior HSEQ professional for Cefas in Kuwait the primary focus of this post is to lead, develop and manage the health, safety, environmental and quality functions across a multi-disciplinary project between Cefas and an overseas Government Client. The post will embed Cefas’ strategic direction and guidance on all HSEQ related issues and will ensure compliance with relevant legislation both in the UK and in Kuwait. Oversight, advice and implementation of HSEQ requirements in the laboratories and field programmes of a large, overseas, field-based marine monitoring and capacity building programme for an overseas Government client are part of this remit.

An essential part of this role will be to engage with a wide range of UK, GCC and international suppliers, Cefas staff and an overseas Government client, as appropriate. The job holder will be required to establish and develop existing and new relationships with the Cefas project team and supply chain that will ensure excellent integration across all elements of the work. It will also involve good communications and dialogue with customers and partners in GCC region and the Cefas supply chain.

The post-holder will be part of a senior project team and he/she will have strong communication links with other senior team members, as well as the wider project delivery team in Kuwait, across the GCC and in the UK.

Main duties and responsibilities to include:

• Lead, develop and manage strong and effective health, safety, environmental and quality performance throughout the project in Kuwait.
• Provide direction and guidance on all HSEQ Related issues and promote compliance with Health, Safety and Environmental Legislation, developing longer term strategy as necessary.
• Have a significant contribution to the development and maintenance of the Environmental, Health and Safety and Quality management systems yet to be fully established within the marine programme area of the client.
• Champion culture change within the business through communication and consultation leading to reduction in incidents, carbon footprint and support emerging quality accreditations (ISO) for the overseas client.
• Provide advice on COSHH on particular chemicals.
• Interpret legislative requirements and generate strategy objectives/actions that ensure compliance but also reflect Cefas business operations/values.
• Communicate HSEQ Strategy with all levels of Cefas staff in Kuwait and marine staff within a Government client and motivate to enable continuous improvement.
• Produce reports and statistics as necessary

Skills and experience:

• Technically proficient in all areas of HSEQ Management.
• Experience of working in ISO certification environments is essential.
• Experience of laboratory risks and/or experience of marine risk is essential.
• Competent user of MS Office package; proficient in MSWord and MSExcel.
• Effective communication skills and an ability to work with different cultures essential.
• Good time and task management ability.
• Experience in business related and/or management systems coordination roles desirable.

The ability to relocate to Kuwait from February 2018 and work flexibly is essential.

Person specification

Please demonstrate how you fulfil the skills criteria written in the job description.


Academic qualification required for this post is a NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent, with the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health also considered.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Changing and improving
  • Managing a quality service
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
  • Science and Engineering - Understanding and Complying with Statutory Requirements and Standards
  • Science and Engineering - Overseeing the Technical Work of Others

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


This role is based in Kuwait. In addition to the salary, an overseas package of up to £21k tax free allowance applies to this post.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Only UK nationals who hold a valid British Passport need apply.

Please note depending on volume of applications an Initial Sift may be conducted on the Lead Competency, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Interview date and location to be confirmed.

Further information

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, and if successful will be offered the post on loan (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via defrajobs.csr@csresourcing.gsi.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

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