Health and Safety Executive, Chief Executive (SCSPB3)

Health and Safety Executive

Closing date: 1 Jan 2019

Reference number



Up to £140,000


SCS Pay Band 3
Chief Executive

Contract type


Business area

Private Office and Secretariats

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support
Business Management and Improvement
Operational Delivery
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share



Number of posts



This job is located in HSE’s headquarters based in Bootle – visible leadership will be required in both Bootle and London.

Travel to HSE’s other GB locations will also be expected

About the job

Job description

At the Health and Safety Executive, we believe everyone has the right to come home safe and well from their job. That’s why our mission is to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health.

We are proud of the support we provide to businesses – through free guidance and advice. By giving employers the confidence to manage risks correctly, we boost productivity, support the economy and contribute to a fairer society.

HSE helps workers understand how they can stay safe and well.

We are looking for a high performing leader to take HSE through these next stages of our development. We are seeking someone who has the ability to operate in a political environment at a senior level, interfacing with and across government and experience of leading a large organisation who can build on the success of the past but who can lead culture change.

We need someone who appreciates the benefits commercial activities bring to the organisation. The ability to identify the organisation’s strengths and build on them, whilst also applying innovative thinking and best practice from elsewhere, will enable the organisation to continue to develop. There are challenges and exciting opportunities ahead and leading this organisation through the next few years will be a great opportunity for the right candidate.

For full details please see attached Candidate Pack



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


See Candidate pack


This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm)

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

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

Please see attached Candidate Pack for full details
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


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.

Terms & Conditions

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Claire Wilson -

Sift/interview dates and location

Shortlist W/C 14th January 2019
Staff Engagement Panel W/c 28th January 2019
Online tests/Informal meeting by 4th February 2019
Interviews 14th-15th February 2019

Further information

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process please contact:

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: or by writing to HSE at the following address:

HSE Resourcing Team
2.3 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
L20 7HS

Alternatively you can contact Civil Service commissioners:

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