Interim Group Head of Health and Safety

Ref: IGHOHA-M-N-30627
City/Region: Malton
Salary: Competitive

3-6 month fixed contract duration

This is a pivotal role for Karro Food Group and whilst seeking a permanent appointment we also require business critical short-term cover reporting to the Group Technical & Compliance Director to ensure that the business has continuously improving, and industry leading health and safety systems and behaviours in place, ensuring that legal minimums are in place at all times. Whilst operating at a group leadership level, this person will also need to be operationally savvy. They will lead the development of the corporate agenda (using maturity models and annual plans) and standards, identifying and implementing best practice across the business.

It is essential that the successful applicant has operated at group strategic level previously and is able to demonstrate strong health and safety legal knowledge and its practical application in the food industry ideally within a similar risk profile business.

This role has a national remit covering all Karro Group sites and therefore will require regular travel between Karro sites and farming locations. We require someone who is relatively immediately available for work and willing to commit for 3-6mth fixed term contract duration.

Key responsibilities:

  • Development, deployment and progression against the group priority plan, by site; engaging all stakeholders
  • Ensuring implementation and continuous improvement of the group safety management system, and of a proactive safety culture
  • Defines and delivers the annual plan of activity across the business to drive the desired Group culture and behaviour's for health and safety
  • KPIs, Safety Management System (SMS) governance and associated reports
  • Functional coaching and development of the health and safety, and operational teams, sponsoring external training as required
  • Coordination of the health and safety leadership team activity and focus
  • Working with stakeholders to reduce risk to the business with regards to claims and legal exposure
  • Interfacing effectively with stakeholders across all of our supply chain (including agriculture), at all levels and functions
  • Is the "go-to" person for functional guidance

Essential experience:

  • NEBOSH Diploma (or equivalent)
  • Solid experience of operating at a senior group multi-site level as a health and safety practitioner within a similar risk profile business (ideally within the food industry)
  • The ability to engage, influence and make personal impact across the business is critical to success, as well as being able to demonstrate appropriate leadership qualities for this level of role
  • Tenacious and solutions driven
  • High level of engineering risk and mitigation knowledge
  • Experience and working knowledge of enforcement agencies e.g. Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

Preferred experience:

  • Chartered membership (or working towards) of the Institute of Occupational Safety Health (CMIOSH) preferred
  • Environmental qualification

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Car allowance
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Private medical cover
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Competitive contributory pension
  • Life assurance scheme funded by Karro

At Karro we are dedicated to rewarding and enriching the careers of the people who work for us. If you are hardworking, willing to get involved and respond well to a challenging and fast-moving environment, then you will find Karro to be a well-matched employer who will support you at every turn and reward your dedication with support, development and long-term career prospects.

About Karro:

Karro Food Group is a major UK food business, employing c. 5,000 people over 14 sites across the UK and Ireland and generating turnover of £1.2bn. Karro is a leading producer of both fresh and cooked meat products, and, following its recent acquisition of Young's Seafood, is now one of the UK's leading multi-protein food businesses. The business supplies to retail, foodservice and manufacturing customers across the UK, as well as export customers globally.

Proactive health and safety is a prerequisite to employment at Karro Foods. All roles have a responsibility to demonstrate commitment to the companies' health and safety goals, and as such it forms an essential component of all job descriptions, at all levels.

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