Occupational Health and Safety Support 

Salary range: £28,066 - £31,453 

Location: Salisbury/Amesbury (flexible/hybrid working supported) 

Full-time 12-month Fixed Term Contract with possibility of extension

Reference: SALOHS.04.24

Closing date: 24/05/2024 


Why join us?  

Bringing together leading minds and practitioners in the sector, Wessex Archaeology is a trusted archaeology and heritage service provider and educational charity. From our network of international offices, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver sustainable solutions to manage the historic environment - above ground, below ground and underwater. We are committed to our social impact. This means using the knowledge and connections we make through our commercial activities as a catalyst to engage the communities in which we work. 

Join us and you’ll be part of a collaborative team committed to shaping a better future for our staff, the sector, and the world. As well as having knowledgeable and dedicated colleagues, you’ll have an opportunity to access a variety of fascinating and high-profile projects and develop your skills and knowledge along the way. Joining our Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) team will provide you with an opportunity to participate in and experience a broad breadth of projects allowing you to grow your knowledge and capability. 

The role – what’s involved? 

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and the OHS team plays an integral part in helping underpin the delivery of this commitment. 

You will help support the team, working across a business with a broad risk profile, from commercial fieldwork to other specialist divisions, including leading-edge technology in GeoServices and Marine Archaeology. Working from the ISO45001 standard we offer support to the business from road risk, environmental impact, wellbeing, and occupational health. 

Your role will be primarily data-gathering and coordination, which will be both office and site-based within the OHS team led by the OHS specialist.

Role Requirements

The role requires the individual to have an understanding of the impact of the health and safety requirements of the organisation though not necessarily of the more specialist areas. Experience in a role managing and delivering health and safety documentation, gathering data and delivering information to support the OHS team in delivering the organisational OHS objectives would be an advantage. 

Main responsibilities will include:  

  • Managing and maintaining documentation of OHS monitoring visits, audits, and incident investigation records to ensure information is reported appropriately and records of actions are kept. 
  • Contributing and communicating about OHS initiatives, campaigns and working groups.
  • Reviewing OHS resources and documentation, ensuring they are in date and fit for purpose, acting as a point of contact for information required for project tenders. 
  • Bringing together OHS initiatives such as training and wellbeing to coordinate actions and outcomes so they are managed and progress appropriately. 
  • Contributing to the development of communication about OHS; toolbox talks for staff, management briefs, safety alerts, etc.
  • Assisting with and conducting some monitoring and audit visits, subsequent data analysis and reporting 
  • Planning and coordinating information for briefings and meetings.
  • Identifying and implementing opportunities for improvement, 
  • Supporting the induction of new starters

Essential certification   

  • CSCS card
  • IOSH or SMSTS/SSTS qualification
  • Full driving licence 

What can you look forward to?  

Our focus is on creating a collaborative culture where people can thrive, develop and where safety and wellbeing come first. From anonymising candidate data in our recruitment process to continuous improvements in our benefits, we’re committed to creating a safe, fair, and inclusive working environment.  

This role will give opportunity to challenge your knowledge and stretch your capabilities, experience and understanding, helping to deliver improvements in the business. it is a job that people aspire to do, and this role will deliver growth and development of ‘soft skills’ such as the ability to communicate without prejudice, to influence, to motivate, to inspire and to lead. 

Overall, the role gives incredible scope for development and progression within an evolving organisation that values collaboration and innovation.

We offer: 

  • 22 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays rising to 27 after 5 years of continuous service.  
  • Option to buy up to 5 days holiday per year.  
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme, Wessex Archaeology employer pension contribution 6.5%. 
  • Life assurance scheme of three times your basic salary.  

Wellbeing and family-friendly benefits  

  • Our maternity, adoption and shared parental pay is 100% for 12 weeks, 90% for 21 weeks and 6 weeks statutory, day 1 eligibility.  
  • Enhanced paternity leave, up to 4 weeks from day 1.  
  • 5 days of carers leave.  
  • Paid sick leave from the start of a contract, with the number of days dependent on length of service.  
  • Hybrid and flexible working arrangements where applicable.  
  • Company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - free and confidential service in the form of counselling and assistance in areas such as health and stress.  
  • AIG SmartHealth – round-the-clock support for you and your family.  

Sustainability and other benefits  

  • Electric Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme.  
  • Bike2Work scheme.  
  • 100% Professional membership costs reimbursed.  
  • High-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) provided.  
  • Free transport from regional offices to sites.  
  • Time in lieu or paid time for drivers.  
  • Subsistence allowance.  


How to apply  

Interested in working with us? 

Email your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by 24th May 2024 to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk  All applications will be acknowledged within 2 weeks of the closing date. Interviews will be held in May 2024. If you have questions about the role, then please contact Ian Smart i.smart@wessexarch.co.uk  

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and aim to be supportive in our recruitment and employment practices. Please let us know if you need any special arrangements or adjustments in the application or interview process.  

Successful candidates must have proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK by the start of their employment.