Head Of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)

About Coombes

Founded by brothers Shane and Jack, we are a leading arboriculture contractor with well over 20 years of experience and expertise in the forestry sector, whilst also playing a key role in the rail and civil sectors by providing a whole manner of off-track solutions in partnership with Network Rail and major tier 1 contractors.

COOMBES have built an incredible industry reputation by constantly delivering work to the highest standard, and are known for going above and beyond for our clients. Our leadership team are passionate about supporting the professional development of our staff members, and value integrity, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, and working together as one.

We are focused on doing the right thing and are fully committed to promoting sustainability, reducing the environmental impact of all our activities, supporting local communities and contributing to economic growth in the areas where we operate.

We are experiencing significant growth across all areas of the business, so we are seeking professionals to strengthen and support our teams allowing us to continue offering a service that is second to none.

About the vacancy

Head of health, safety and environment

Full Time, Permanent

Salary: £65,000 - £75,000


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced HSE leader to implement great ideas and strategies across the COOMBES brand.

Can you take responsibility for the development and leadership of the Health, Safety and Environment department/function?

Are you able to lead and maintain a Health and Safety culture that will be viewed as ‘Best Practice’ within our industry?

We need an experienced HSE manager/ leader to write and embed policies and procedures. You must maintain and develop management systems, create effective reporting and collate reports ready to present to all stake holders involved.

This department currently consists of two H&S advisors and one senior H&S specialist who you will be directly responsible for. It is vital that the correct candidate has managerial qualities that fits with COOMBES ‘open door policy & staffs personal development’.

Other responsibilities include;

· Lead, deliver and report on Coombes’ Going for Green campaign and other environmental initiatives.

· Monitor, review and evaluate current and forthcoming health, safety and environmental legislation and industry trends and ensure the business has systems and practice in place to meet legal compliance.

·Report to and advise the Managing Director and other stakeholders on HSE performance, compliance and risks. Lead internal HSE meetings with senior management. Provide management reports, incorporating KPI’s, as required.

· Establish and rollout an annual programme of documented H&S inspections and audits.

Essential Qualities:

· Experience in a strategic leadership role but with proactive willingness to work operationally

· Substantial experience working in the Rail industry

· NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent

· NEBOSH General Certificate in Health and Safety

· Chartered Member of IOSH

· Experience working in a similar role

· Environmental management experience.

· Be a people-focussed individual who is passionate about safety culture and behaviours

· Excellent interpersonal skills

· Experience of working to and auditing ISO standards including 9001, 14001 and 45001.

· Experience of managing and developing a team

· Works collaboratively and builds effective working relationships

· Experience in managing budgets

· Highly competent in MS Office

· Presents a professional image with the qualities to act as a Coombes ambassador

· A good understanding and application of health, safety & environment practices

· Flexibility in your approach to work

· Full driving license


IEMA Environmental Certificate

Experience in the forestry industry

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We will keep your CV on our records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed

Salary: £65,000 - £75,000 DOE

Working Hours: Full Time, Permanent

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For a full role profile please contact the Careers Team on 01730 231761 or email careers@coombesuk.com.