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Title Compliance and Audit Manager
Ref HE/3135
Directorate Professional & Technical Solutions
Location Manchester
Salary £47,304 - £54,400
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 20 Jan 2017

About Us

Formerly the Highways Agency, Highways England is the new Government company that operates, maintains and improves England’s network of motorways and major A roads. This network is around 4,300 miles long and while it represents only 2 per cent of all roads in England by length it carries a third of all traffic by mileage as well as two thirds of heavy goods traffic, making it the backbone of the country.

We have around 3,500 staff based in seven offices around the country including a uniformed Traffic Officer Service in control centres and patrolling key areas of the network. Highways England is held to account by two bodies who act on behalf of the public – The Office of Rail and Roads monitor the performance of our highways and Transport Focus champion the needs of road users.

Professional & Technical Solutions (PTS) is responsible for providing specialist technical advice and support (such as on delivery of health and safety) to other parts of Highways England, to support the achievement of work set out in the Highways England business plan. The National Health and Safety Division, as part of PTS is responsible for developing and maintaining our health and safety management system; and through embedding teams in operations and our major projects directorates, for supporting the management of design, construction, maintenance and operation of our road network.

Job Description

Highways England National Health and Safety team is currently recruiting for Compliance and Audit Manager to be based in our Manchester office.

Reporting to the Head of Safety policy and compliance you will be responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive and iterative audit programme to establish the degrees of compliance with the Health and Safety Management System by users.

You will provide reports on health and safety assurance and governance to directorates and their leaders and identify where improvements can be made and work closely with senior stakeholders within the division to drive operational, programme and strategy improvements.

You will also be responsible for planning and delivering the effective monitoring of compliance with organisational health and safety controls within Highways England and the wider supply chain.


  • Leading the Health and Safety Audit Programme and the associated team.
  • Identifying areas of the business where there is a risk of non-compliance and develop policies to reduce that risk.
  • Leading and delivering the inputs to cyclical and ad-hoc reporting on audit and compliance with Health and Safety Management Systems, standards and requirements.
  • Planning and delivering communication and training programmes, and other interventions to help employees understand their roles in compliance.
  • Monitoring, measuring and reporting on the progress on activities introduced to ensure compliance and assessing the interventions required to mitigate outcomes.
  • Maintaining accurate records of compliance activities, including any complaints or investigations and providing reports to key stakeholders, highlighting any areas of potential risk to the company.
  • Working with Audit and Assurance Division to ensure programme of works are properly directed.
  • Liaising with the Company Secretary to produce cyclical and ad-hoc reports on compliance and assurance.

Skills and Experience

  • Chartered membership of professional auditing body.
  • Auditing against the requirements of OSHAS 18001 – 2007.
  • Developing policy based on feedback and analysis of performance.
  • Leading health and safety audits and compliance strategies and activities along with site and operational experience in construction or high risk environments e.g. COMAH sites, petrochemical, pharma, utilities, aviation, rail.
  • Ability to work at a Senior level including writing and managing reports for a variety of stakeholders including the Board and Executive.

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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