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Head of Health & Safety and Fire Safety - East Midlands Airport

Date: 12-Jan-2022

Location: East Midlands Airport, GB

Company: MAG


  • Head of Health, Safety & Fire Safety
  • Based at East Midlands Airport
  • Competitive


East Midlands Airport


East Midlands Airport (EMA) is two businesses in one: a modest low-cost passenger airport by day, but home to the UK’s largest dedicated air cargo operation at night.  


Served by airlines Ryanair, Jet2, TUI, Aurigny and EasyJet, its passenger operation caters well for travellers who want a quick and easy escape to popular domestic and overseas leisure destinations in mainland Europe, Eastern Europe and North East Africa.

In the last 12 months, the volume of goods handled at EMA has increased by almost 30% compared with the previous year, while December 2020 was the airport’s heaviest ever month on record.


The Role


We have an exciting opportunity to lead the Health & Safety department at East Midlands airport, you will be responsible for providing Health, Safety & Fire Safety activities to achieve the objectives of East Midlands Airport and MAG’s continuous improvement of safety performance at East Midlands airport.


You will lead initiatives and deliver plans across the site using professional Health, Safety & Fire Safety knowledge, supporting the EMA Management team with clear, timely and decisive guidance, advice and solutions to Health, Safety & Fire Safety matters.


In addition to this you will support business units and external third parties to drive Health, Safety & Fire Safety improvement actions and ensure compliance with MAG Procedures and legal regulations.


Principal Accountabilities


  • Coordinate the implementation of MAG Health, Safety, Fire Safety and Wellbeing Policy and Procedures across all East Midlands Airport business areas and as relevant to external business partners and stakeholders.
  • Identify the need for, write, maintain & review local Health, Safety and Fire Safety policies / plans where required.
  • Lead the review and improvement of risk assessments and associated safe working instructions, actively seeking opportunities for reducing residual risk, as far as is reasonably practicable.
  • Maintain relationships with internal and external networks to maintain a clear focus on Health, Safety & Fire Safety priorities, ensuring that issues are on their agenda and tracked to satisfactory conclusions.
  • Ensure that regular inspection regimes are maintained that produce relevant actions where issues are identified and monitor progress with improvements or the development of solutions to resolve concerns.
  • Ensure that compliance with Procedures and Standards are maintained and lead and support the improvement required in areas where shortfalls are identified through audit or inspections.
  • Carry out investigations into safety accidents and incidents to identify root cause factors.  Produce quality reports with conclusions and recommendations and lead and monitor the implementation of remedial actions.  Ensure a swift resolution to identified high priorities for improvement.
  • Enthusiastic promotion and communication of Health, Safety & Fire Safety matters, including the conducting & chairing of effective safety meetings which focus on determining and implementing solutions that improve outcomes for Health, Safety & Fire Safety.
  • Ensuring compliance with all Health, Safety & Fire Safety legislation
  • Audit, Annalise, interpret and collate Health, Safety & Fire Safety performance data and report information to internal staff, clients, and regulatory bodies




  • Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6) or equivalent
  • Degree or Diploma in Fire Safety Management or equivalent.
  • Hold a Membership of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers.
  • Several years’ experience in the application of fire safety management in a management role and as a Health & Safety professional in an operational environment.
  • Demonstrable experience in the production of documented material for implementing fire safety plans.
  • Extensive knowledge and application of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and British Standard BS 9999.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Building Regulations 2010 as applicable to fire safety.
  • Practical Knowledge of additional British Standards for fire safety systems and fire engineering design principles.
  • Practical knowledge and application of fire risk assessments to PAS 79.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills with the ability to interact at all levels of the business.



What we offer


We are an employer of choice and can offer unparalleled career and development opportunities in an exciting and dynamic business.


This is an exciting time to be working in the East Midlands and proposals to build a new economy centred around the region’s strengths in logistics, advanced manufacturing, and R & D are taking shape. In a further boost, a joint bid by MAG, neighbouring landowners, local authorities and LEPs for an East Midlands Freeport was recently given the green light by Government. Key to its success was EMA’s status as a gateway for global trade.  Once established, the Freeport will grow trade, create 60,000 jobs and attract investment across the region. Areas given Freeport status will benefit from a wide package of tax reliefs, simplified customs procedures, streamlined planning processes to boost redevelopment, and government support to promote regeneration and innovation.


Join EMA today, and you’ll not only play a major role in helping the airport recover from, and build upon, the impact of the pandemic, but you’ll also help shape thinking around the future direction of the East Midlands economy.


This role will close once we have recevied sufficent applications.