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Head of Health & Safety and Facilities

Job Title: Head of Health & Safety and Facilities

Functional Area: Operations

Closing date for applications: 15th November 2021
Location of job: Within 10 miles of Cambridge (UK)

Sphere Fluidics Limited is an established Life Sciences company, which manufactures instruments and specialist consumables for the global research community. The company is growing quickly and so we are looking for a highly motivated Head of Health & Safety and Facilities to support the Operations team.

Role Purpose

The Head of Health & Safety (H&S) and Facilities is responsible for delivering a world class, aspirational workplace for the team. The role will influence the company’s strategy in collaboration with the Management Team and ensure the organisation executes this by working closely with department heads. As the company structure grows, it is imperative to ensure best practice is embedded in all teams and that the company operates within a safe, secure and rewarding environment.

The Head of H&S and Facilities will oversee all of our facilities operations including our current sites and our future plans for expansion. The individual will be empowered to hire and manage a team of staff to ensure the company delivers an outstanding workplace experience.

The ideal candidate needs to be structured and methodical with excellent planning and problem-solving skills. Enthusiastic about continuous improvement, they will create a no fear culture where issues are shared and teams work together to deliver solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Act as the company lead for all H&S matters.
  • Working with senior management to implement the H&S strategy across the business (in UK and international locations).
  • Review and audit arrangements for H&S management, while continuously improving these procedures.
  • Identify and support H&S initiatives across the business. Assess and improve upon the company’s existing H&S practices, documentation and training to reduce and control H&S risks.
  • Ensure correct reporting of accidents and incidents and correct escalation to appropriate management.
  • Coordinate quarterly reviews to evaluate performance and share best practice throughout the business.
  • Regularly check risk assessments, delegating for updates and conducting audits to ensure compliance.
  • Ensure company compliance with legislation and update internal policy documents as necessary.
  • Ensure company compliance with the H&S policy and management system to ensure that a healthy and safe working environment is maintained at all times.
  • Supervise, delegate and monitor tasks amongst internal teams.
  • Produce monthly management information reports.



  • Programme manage all facilities projects from design to procurement to employee relocation.
  • Manage relationships with landlords and key contractors including negotiation and performance management.
  • Establish provision of services with external suppliers including backup options where appropriate.
  • Identify risks and ensure appropriate action is taken to minimise them.  This includes producing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans.
  • Manage procurement and contractors seeking to maximise value for money.
  • Oversee regular and ad hoc building maintenance tasks with appropriate vendors.
  • Ensure building safety and aspirational wellbeing provisions are catered for 24/7.


Education and Experience

  • 5+ years’ experience in delivering H&S and Facilities Management ideally within a Life Sciences environment.
  • Acquired or currently working towards a NEBOSH qualification
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of UK and ideally international H&S legislation.
  • Experience of office relocations and refurbishment.
  • Ability to read and interpret leases and floor plans.
  • Project Management experience.
  • Aligned to deliver the best possible service to our employees.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams and PowerPoint.
  • Minimum A-level or equivalent educational experience.
  • Life Sciences experience highly desirable.

Key Competencies

  • Passionate about providing great service and achieving operational excellence.
  • Networks and establishes positive relationships throughout the business.
  • Personable and approachable, becoming the go to person for all H&S and Facilities matters.
  • Structured and methodical approach to planning activities.
  • Leadership skills to take responsibility for tasks and follow them through to completion.
  • Organised, diligent and passionate about attention to detail.
  • High personal and professional standards.
  • Proactive, self-sufficient, and highly motivated.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills.
  • Comfortable communicating at all levels within the organisation.
  • Full UK Driving Licence.


All Sphere Fluidics employees are given an employment package including a competitive salary; employee share options; 4x life insurance and auto enrolled in an Aviva Pension Scheme. Each employee is also encouraged to develop an annual development plan, including SMART objectives and training needs, as part of their career development. The position will be based in Cambridge, UK.

The closing date for applications for this position is: 15th November 2021