Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Occupational Health & Safety Specialist 

Based in Salisbury


£31,000 to £37,000 p.a.

Salary commensurate with skills and experience.

Wessex Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in the UK and is a registered Charity whose aims are to promote the advancement of education, the arts, culture, heritage and science. We have offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Maidstone, Bristol and Edinburgh. We aspire to be the safest archaeological practice in the UK where our people’s health and wellbeing is paramount, and our reputation for safe working is regarded as an asset by our clients. For the right person this is a fantastic opportunity to work in a business that aims to stimulate positive change in society through the work that it does.


The Role

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Occupational Health and Safety Specialist to help build on, promote and embed a safe and healthy working culture across the Company. We are looking for someone who has an engaging communication style, capable of helping staff solve practical health and safety problems and additionally influence senior management on leading safely. 

The right person will make connections with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders, advise on safe working practices. As a champion of occupational health and safety, their role is to supervise and coordinate systems of work to meet the highest safety standards. They will also be expected to audit and develop existing site safety initiatives and to mentor all staff.

The position will be based in our head office in Salisbury but will involve frequent travel to other regional offices and sites. Support with relocation fees is available.  The post is suitable for flexible working, supporting fairness, inclusivity and respect. The post is line managed by the Compliance Director.


Position requirements:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • NEBOSH General Certificate as a minimum (or equivalent)
  • Technical Member of IOSH (or equivalent)
  • CSCS Site Card, Safety Officer
  • UK Category B drivers licence
  • An advantage would be:
  • NEBOSH Diploma, NVQ 4/5, NCRQ
  • Graduate Member of IOSH (or equivalent)
  • NEBOSH Fire Prevention and Risk Management Certificate
  • Environmental Management Systems Qualification
  • Experience of attaining ISO accreditation via previous experience of Quality ISO 9001 and OH&S OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 management standards
  • An adult training qualification at level 3 on a regulated qualification framework (RQF)
  • IOSH Train the Trainer course 

You will need to be a confident verbal communicator at all levels and have a high standard of written English along with the ability to focus on the big picture whilst still paying attention to detail. 

The behavioural attributes that we require are:

  • Be visible, accountable and trustworthy;
  • Be optimistic and a positive influence, inspiring creativeness and innovation in others;
  • Provide for the mentoring, coaching and training of staff;
  • Provide encouragement, recognition and reward when it is due;
  • To be assured and confident in your work and personal interactions.


Employee benefits

  • Competitive salary range in line with CIfA salary guidelines (appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership as appropriate). 50% contribution towards CIfA subscription fees;
  • A company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – confidential external advice on health and wellbeing;
  • 22 days p.a. holiday entitlement (plus bank holidays) rising to 27 after 5 year’s continuous employment;
  • Paid sick leave from start of contract;
  • Immediate eligibility for inclusion in the group pension plan with an employer contribution of 5%;
  • Free accommodation provided for projects beyond reasonable travel distances, as well as an overnight subsistence payment (£15 per night, with a further £5 per night as breakfast contribution if in S/C accommodation);
  • Free transport from regional offices to sites;
  • High quality personal protective equipment;
  • Drivers are entitled to time in lieu in excess of the 7.4 working day;
  • Individual training and development, including free BAJR skills passport, HSE certification, mentoring, annual appraisal, personal development plans and career progression maps;
  • Life assurance scheme;
  • Bike2Work scheme.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (below) with a copy of their CV and covering letter; returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk.  Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 9 August 2019

For more information about the post please contact Ian Phillips, Compliance Director (i.phillips@wessexarch.co.uk). 

Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that all applicants must be either a British citizen, EU National or hold a full work visa or a current work permit. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.