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QSSE Business Partner

  • Job reference: R-025122
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: London
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QSSE Business Partner – Central Track Alliance

The Transportation UK division in Atkins, now part of the SNC Lavalin Group, brings together the capabilities of our Rail, Highway and Local Transport teams, into a single business of 3,000 talented engineers and professionals. The transportation infrastructure sector is experiencing unprecedented levels of investment and the SNC Lavalin’s Atkins business is playing lead roles in projects such as high-speed rail, digital rail, designing major new road & highways schemes and upgrading our existing transport networks to deliver future demand. Our consultants and supply chain are working with government, local authorities, contractors and sub-suppliers to develop integrated transport strategies to ensure the urban areas we live in continue to thrive. 

The unique breadth of services in transportation, combined with our scale, makes us the leading UK transportation infrastructure consultancy, who can inspire our people and collaborate with our clients to ensure we continue to shape the future of transport.

As part of our continued growth, we are seeking a QSSE Business Partner to work within our Central Track Alliance teams. Reporting to the Practice Director and working directly with both the leadership and management Alliance teams, the successful individual will lead in safety, in improving QSSE effectiveness, and in embedding a culture of continuous improvement across the business.

QSSE is an integral part of our Track Alliance and central to plans for creating a high performing team. This means proactively working with staff, clients, our supply chain and Senior Leadership teams (SLT) throughout the organisation and specifically within the Central Track Alliance, to ensure QSSE is fully integrated into the decision-making process by;

•Developing a high performing team of Alliance staff.

•Provide guidance & developmental support to delivery teams to achieve compliance through exemplar behaviours.

•Lead the integration of the function with new ways of working and behaving.

•Maintain compliance with statutory & effective management systems requirements (ISO 9001 (2015), ISO 14001 (2015) and OHSAS 18001), whilst creating a culture of continuous improvement (currently working towards to ISO 45001 (2018).

•Represent the SNC-Lavalin Atkins business at industry forums, contribute to improvement programmes & to be the human face of the function within our wider business.


•Working in partnership with the ALT and AMT to develop a clear strategic vision for QSSE within the Central Track Alliance and also within the Atkins Transportation business.

•Work with the Practice Director to transform the business to deliver world class safety leadership.

•Work with the business to transform and drive a culture of continuous improvement and learning.

•Mentor and positively challenge each AMT member on their QSSE leadership and accountability.

•Be a visible role model and advocate for QSSE – both internally and externally.

•Positively challenge senior teams on their behaviours, competency and effectiveness to aim for ‘Natural QSSE’.

•Provide the interface on QSSE between the Practice and the central QSSE team.

•Develop and oversee the functional engagement programmes for the Practice and within the Central Track Alliance.

•Provide leadership in QSSE (and H&S in particular) to the Central Track Alliance, ensuring clarity of QSSE responsibilities, adoption of good practice and effective discharge of legal responsibilities.

•Understand, communicate and implement changes to QSSE and industry standards.

•Develop and maintain QSSE improvement plans to ensure the correct competency within the Practice.

•Work with technical expertise within the Practice in terms of technical processes, feeding back relevant information to the central assurance team

•Actively engage and attend Alliance ALT / AMT and other senior team meetings to report QSSE performance on a monthly / quarterly basis

•Provide monthly management information and metrics to the Practice Director, with regular meetings to provide advice / support and guidance on areas of improvement


•Ability to demonstrable experience of leading a QSSE function, either within the UK Transportation Sector, ideally with a rail background and/or multiple safety critical industries, e.g. aviation, highways, construction, Petrochem, water.

•Demonstrable experience of leading Health & Safety in a construction operations environment, ideally on the UK railway network.

•Ability to influence at Alliance ALT level, engage and positively challenge behaviours, including good presentation skills and ‘keep it simple’ approach.

•Commercial, risk and business acumen demonstrated in a senior QSSE role

•Capable of gaining credibility with business colleagues, sound judgement and robust decision making

•Strong influencing and communications skills, political awareness and high levels of strategic thinking and a depth of intellectual capability

•Actively lead on QSSE across the Practice

•Ability to influence industry (a good track record and a good reputation) and highlight good practice and promote this across the SNC-Lavalin Atkins business and to clients.

•Evidently able to direct teams to successfully discharge Principal Contractor and Principal Designer responsibilities under CDM 2015 regulations.

•Conversant with and an advocate of behavioural safety, and able to demonstrate success in improving behavioural safety.

•Excellent technical understanding and knowledge of QSSE

•A diploma in health and safety and chartered membership of a safety body (e.g. CMIOSH) is expected, reflecting the safety risk profile of the Transportation business.

•Other relevant QSSE qualifications such as Lead Auditor, Quality Diploma / certificate, IEMA Diploma /certificate in environmental management, accident / incident investigation training, security certificate.

•Membership of professional relevant bodies e.g. CQI, IEMA and, as set out above, CMIOSH is expected

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