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Head of Health & Safety - Support Office


Are you looking for an opportunity that will enable you to play a key role in the strategic leadership and continuous improvement of Health & Safety across a growing, multi-sited organisation of over 6000 employees?

At CVS Group we are the largest unified veterinary service provider in the UK with sites across the UK (and the Netherlands) and over 6000 employees. We are passionate about animal care and operate several key business areas; over 500 vet surgeries, laboratories, pet crematoria and a successful online business. We have doubled in size in the last three years and have continued expansion plans for the future.

We currently have an excellent opportunity for you to be our Head of Health & Safety.

In this vital position, you will report into board level management and will be responsible for providing strategic leadership for Health & Safety (H&S) across all areas of CVS Group.

In the role, some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and implementing best practice across the CVS Group, ensuring the company complies with all current H&S legislation including Acts, Regulations and official guidance and standards.
  • Working proactively with Directors and Managers to establish and maintain a programme of continual improvement within the management of H&S.
  • Providing clear leadership for the development of a safe environment for colleagues and visitor to the CVS Group. 
  • Providing competent expert knowledge and skills in order to generate and promote a positive H&S culture and control occupational risk within the CVS Group.
  • Leading, managing and developing the CVS Health & Safety Team.

To be successful in the role, you will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge/skills/qualifications and attributes:

  • A professional qualification in occupational health and safety, such as NEBOSH National Diploma (or equivalent). A BSc in Health and Safety Management or a similar relevant field would also be beneficial.
  • Proven experience in a head of/manager role within Health & Safety, gained within a large multi-site business.
  • Strong understanding of the application of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other H&S legislation relevant to the UK and Europe.
  • Strong organisational and planning skills, including data analysis & risk management.
  • The ability to communicate clearly with a range of people at different levels (including board level), deploying a range of techniques to do this effectively, including the ability to:
    • Negotiate with and influence others
    • Energise, shape and direct a team to maximise motivation
    • Support and develop staff to deliver H&S goals
  • Proven experience in a management/leadership role with a demonstrable track record supporting, developing, guiding and coaching others.

In return you will receive an attractive salary and benefits package, including; company car, heavily discounted pet care, an employee assistance programme, up to 7 weeks holiday with our buy and sell holiday scheme and the opportunity to join the industry leading CVS share scheme. 

Location: In the role, you will be home based with regular nationwide travel to CVS practices, meetings and events, which will involve some overnight stays. Some overseas travel will also be required on occasion as part of your role.


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Head Office H&S
CVS House, Owen Road, Diss, Norfolk, United Kingdom, IP22 4ER
  • Salary:
    Attractive Salary + Benefits
  • Practice:
    Support Office
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  • Application Closing Date:
    28 February 2019
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