Health & Safety Manager, Medway

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Leigh Academies TrustMedway

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Start date: May/June 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £40,481 per annum + 25 days annual leave per annum + bank holidays
Contract term: Permanent

Leigh Academies Trust has a rare opportunity for an experienced and suitably qualified Health, Safety & Environmental Manager to join us in this senior position working across our academies based in Kent and south-east London. This position is ideal for an experienced H&S Manager looking to join a highly successful multi-academy trust and be part of a well-established Central Services Estates Team.

Key responsibilities include the following;

  • To proactively work with the academy Senior Leadership Teams and EstatesTeam to ensure safety and compliance is met
  • Support the Estates Director in the strategic and operational management of Health, Safety and Environmental risks across the Trust estate
  • Lead on the Health and Safety Policy, procedures and monitor compliance
  • Provide support and guidance to the Business and Site Managers to comply with internal and legislative requirements
  • Meet responsibilities for the delivery of Estates Services as defined in the Partnership Agreement.

Health & Safety experience is essential for this position, and we have scope to support our successful candidate in progressing into the wider environmental remit in due course through professional development.  For details of the specific duties please consult the Job Description and Person Specification by clicking here.  The base location is at Strood Academy in Rochester, Kent and as the position requires travel between sites, our successful candidate will be able to drive and have access to their own vehicle.  Mileage can be claimed in accordance with the LAT Expenses Policy.

Our successful candidate will join us in May/June 2020.  You'll receive 25 days annual leave per annum which increases with length of service, plus bank holidays.  

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of January 2020, our Trust is comprised of 25 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 13 primaries and 1 special) educating over 15,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff.  We also have three further academies in development phase, due to open between September 2020-2021.  The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school. 

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust.  This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together.  You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Do you like the sound of the role but not sure if the education sector is for you?  The majority of our Head Office employees have had private sector careers before joining Leigh Academies Trust and have found the following when joining the education world;

"I have thoroughly enjoyed moving from the private sector to a multi-academy trust almost three years ago. The LAT Team work fantastically for the benefit of over 15,000 students and everyone has a unique and varied background. I get great satisfaction knowing the work I do is keeping students safe and providing good quality buildings for staff and students to occupy.  There’s more to education than meets the eye.” (Central Business Team Employee)

“We operate like a normal business within Head Office and the best part about it is that all of our hard work and efforts are for the direct benefit of our 15,000+ students, not for our shareholders’ pockets.  They say working in education is rewarding and you don’t have to be a teacher to experience that! The relationships you build with colleagues in this sector is like no other and I’ve found them to be the most enduring in my career.”  (Central HR Team Employee)

"The key element of my role that I find so rewarding is the impact we all have on students’ lives on a daily basis – my contribution affects the students indirectly but I still get to see how our cost-saving strategies benefit them.  I haven’t had the opportunity to work with such passionate, driven and dedicated teams across all levels in a business before joining LAT which is something I now thrive on.  Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do, and our ethos and vision are genuine." (Central Finance Team Employee)

What are we looking for in you? As a Trust, we seek to recruit talented individuals that can not only help to build the success of our academies but also people that are engaging and passionate about what they do.  We are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust. 

Recruitment and hiring during COVID-19:  Despite the challenges we face, recruitment and hiring will continue for all Leigh Academies Trust vacancies with as little disruption as possible over the coming weeks and months.  This is for all senior, teaching and support staff appointments.  Applications will still be reviewed and interviews conducted in a timely manner, although interview activities may vary.  We will still conduct face to face interviews where possible, and will abide by social distancing protocols such as no hand-shaking, using large meeting rooms, etc.  Candidates will be given the option to interview via online video if you cannot attend in person - this can be discussed if your application is shortlisted.  If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with the LAT Talent Team -

More about Leigh Academies Trust
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: C/o Strood Academy, Carnation Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 2SX, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1634 717121
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Leigh Academies Trust has gone from strength to strength since its creation in 2008 and is now one of the country’s most successful multi-academy trusts.  As of 1st January 2019, our Trust is comprised of 23 geographically organised academies (1...