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Job Title Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Advisor
Location Bristol

Job Title: Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Advisor

Location: Bristol

Join a team that makes real changes

Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 commercial law firm providing a comprehensive range of legal services from offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and London.

The firm advises businesses across construction, energy & resource management, higher education and financial services, complementing the firm's market leadership within housing, local government and health and social care.

We currently employ over 500 people, including 80 Partners, and our award-winning teams provide construction, commercial, corporate, property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice.

Bevan Brittan is named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2022' and has recently either won or been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards.

We are driven by our 4 values: Relationships, Results, Reputation and Responsible. These give us a sense of purpose and ensure we always work collaboratively with clients and colleagues, continually improve, make the right choices and act with integrity.

Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Rise to the Challenge

The Property and Facilities Team provide an organisational function which integrates people, place and process within the built environment with the purpose of improving the quality of life of people and the productivity of the core business. Facilities management is important because it ensures a safe and comfortable work environment for people to attract and retain talent.

The role of the Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ) Advisor is to act as the competent person for the organisation, ensuring suitable management systems are in place to ensure legal compliance, the attainment and maintenance of relevant ISO Standards, with continuous improvement as the standard.

Find out how far you can go

Main Responsibilities:

  • Provide competent Health, Safety and Environmental advice to employees and managers at all levels, including the review of policy and procedures to ensure the firm is well positioned to fulfil its statutory obligations.
  • Set an example of best practice approach in all duties and adhere to the firm's H&S policy and procedures ensuring the organisation is in a defensible position.
  • Act as a leading member of the H&S Committee ensuring effective monitoring, evaluation and prioritisation of H&S Actions.
  • Oversee and support the development and maintenance of risk assessments for all offices, work environments and Facilities Management activities including use of equipment.
  • Actively participate and work as part of the facilities team providing environmental support and advice as required.
  • Undertake internal audits to ensure compliance with relevant standards, managing and recording opportunities for improvement as necessary
  • Maintain compliance with and coordinate/facilitate the external audit of management systems, ISO 9001 - Quality Management System, ISO 27001 Information Security Management, ISO 14001 - Environmental Management System and ISO 45001 - Health & Safety Management System
  • Assist with the achievement and maintenance of other accreditations in line with business requirements
  • Promote a positive safety culture including delivery of safety awareness training, briefing and coaching as required
  • Attend related meetings, workshops and briefings with professional internal clients and external bodies as required
  • Develop and Maintain the SHEQ HighQ IT Database systems
  • Coordinate and undertake the reporting, recording and investigation of all accidents, incidents and near misses.
  • Maintenance of documentation required for accreditation of all company standards

Essential skill set requirements:

  • NEBOSH National General Certificate as minimum
  • Technical membership of IOSH; IEMA or working towards
  • Experience of producing management reporting information
  • Experience of development of policies and procedures
  • Risk Assessment Trained with demonstrable experience
  • Ability to critically review and analyse incidents to establish root cause
  • Experience of supporting Facilities Teams or projects in a built environment.

Preferred skill set requirements:

  • Previous experience of working within a professional services business.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in order to explain health, safety and environment processes to a range of people and to give presentations to groups.
  • The ability to understand and analyse complex information and present it simply and accurately.
  • A good working knowledge of IT packages including Microsoft Office and databases

Work-life Balance

We offer a substantial benefits package to all employees, which includes 25 days holiday (plus the option to buy up to an additional 5 days), a generous pension scheme and private medical insurance through Vitality (including "phone a GP service", discounted gym membership and 'Vitality' Partner discounts).

All of our people are entitled to a biennial private health assessment through Nuffield Health and are included in the group life assurance scheme. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme (free telephone support and counselling service) and a cycle scheme (Save Tax & NI on a bike for cycling to work).

Where possible, we want to offer all Bevan Brittan people flexibility to work their week in a way that suits them - we operate a hybrid working model based on the needs of our clients, teams and that of the individual. Our core business hours are 9am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday, however we are open to individuals working more flexibly around those times and would welcome a conversation with you if you have any questions.

Responsible Business

To us, being a responsible business is second nature; a core part of Bevan Brittan's identity, running through our culture and embodied by the clients we serve.

Bevan Brittan seeks to play an active role within its local office communities. Through regular fundraising events, support for local initiatives and annual charity donations at Christmas, we have established a culture of giving within the firm. In December 2021 we donated a total of £60,000 to our four regional office charities, with each charity receiving £15,000 to help fund their vital services.

Our current selected charity in Bristol is Great Western Air Ambulance.

We want to demonstrate our commitment to these causes through actions rather than words; colleagues from across the firm are already heavily involved, living and breathing the four pillars of our Responsible Business strategy:

  • Community Engagement
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Wellbeing

Collectively, these four pillars ensure we look after our colleagues' wellbeing; offer an environment in which all can progress on merit, regardless of personal circumstances or background; give something back to the communities in which we work; and protect the environment.

Bevan Brittan is proudly a carbon neutral firm. We have achieved the UN's Climate Neutral Now accreditation and our environmental sustainability plan is focussed on achieving our net zero carbon target.

Each lawyer has the opportunity to undertake pro bono legal work for local charities and not-for-profit organisations. This has seen colleagues support the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (Bristol), Moseley Road Swimming Baths (Birmingham), Yorkshire Cat Rescue (Leeds), Great Western Credit Union (London), and several others.