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Project Safety Advisor

  • Job reference: TR-002904
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Birmingham
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Why not...

Atkins’ Transportation is our centre of excellence for the design of highway and rail infrastructure projects. We aim to be the first-choice designer for local and national highway authorities, contractors and developers. 

We are working on a number of high profile projects and frameworks nationwide, including Cambridge to Huntingdon A14 upgrade, the Smart Motorways programme, Highways England Regional Investment Programme schemes, and HS2. We have also recently been successful in securing work through the Routes to Market Delivery Integration Partner Framework for Highways England.

To meet our growth ambitions we are seeking high calibre Project Safety Advisors to lead on establishing behavioural safety on an expanding portfolio of the biggest and most challenging UK projects. With the implementation of the CDM 2015 Regulations we require people to support our Principal Designer role with high quality safety advice but also to work in collaborative project teams with contractors and clients to make safety the centre of everything we do.

We will seek to appoint two or more posts working with our larger infrastructure teams based in Birmingham and Epsom, although there will also be a requirement to travel across the UK to meet the needs of our projects and clients. The person appointed will be expected to work as part of a team with our other health and safety professionals across the UK.


• Acting as Project Safety Advisor in support of our Principal Designer role discharging duties under CDM 2015
• Preparing and checking documentation in support of the above
• Facilitating and delivering project health and safety workshops with internal teams
• Facilitating and delivering project health and safety workshops with collaborative teams including clients and contractors
• Embodying safety leadership to develop behavioural safety on projects and in teams, ensuring that all our infrastructure teams develop their approach to safety as a natural behaviour.
• Liaising with and managing senior health and safety stakeholders.
• Maintaining a knowledge base of current and future developments in the health and safety field and communicating the relevant aspects to a wide group of infrastructure professionals.
• Presenting to clients and key stakeholders in a professional, responsive and client focused manner.
• Working collaboratively across the Atkins Group.
• Delivery of classroom-based health and safety training relevant to infrastructure professionals
• Preparing relevant parts of fee offers to support work winning activity.
• Mentoring and supporting the development of the team.
• Line management of more junior staff.


• Appropriate academic and professional qualifications, including Chartered Member of a relevant Professional Institution with solid experience in a leading health and safety role.
• Experience of working with our key clients, e.g. local authorities, Highways England, developers and major contractors.
• Demonstrable knowledge of the statutory framework for health and safety in a workplace and construction environment
• Knowledge of relevant Standards for Quality, Safety, Security and Environmental aspects of design projects
• Holder of current NEBOSH General or Construction Certificates
• In depth knowledge and experience of the process of delivering high quality infrastructure in design and construction.
• Proven ability to maintain relevant skills and knowledge and pass these on to others
• The ability to lead collaborative work teams through workshops and facilitation
• Proven ability to manage and organise the workload of self and others to meet programme and budget targets
• Proven ability to keep control in pressurised situations, deliver work to the required quality within set timeframes and create a well-motivated team
• Proven ability to deliver classroom based training to small or large groups


• Evidence of successfully delivering a similar role in a contracting environment
• Knowledge of Highways England’s framework and processes for documenting safety in a design and construction environment
• Experience of business process improvement techniques, for example, Lean Construction.
• Qualified Road Safety Audit team member or leader (HD19/03).
• Line management experience.

The Individual:

• Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills both verbally and written.
• A hard working and flexible individual, who is a team player, possesses great attention to detail, is reliable, proactive and shows initiative whilst able to keep cool under pressure and when working to often demanding deadlines.
• Ability to build and motivate a team and demonstrate good leadership qualities.
• Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as within a larger multi-discipline team within a budget and programme agreed with others
• A high expectation of performance for themselves and other members of the team.
• Customer focused with good relationship management skills.
• Ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
• A supportive and encouraging approach to mentoring less experienced members of the team.
• A collaborative approach to working with others focusing on customer value
• Be available to travel across the UK and work away from home, including periods overseas on assignments.
• Atkins is a truly global organisation and our strategy means much of our multi-disciplinary work spans various regions around the world. We especially welcome applications from those who are able to travel and spend extended periods of time abroad.
• Have a valid UK driving licence.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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