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Taking OSH into the boardroom

Do you believe you have a part to play in creating a safer and healthier world of work? If so, then here is a unique opportunity to truly get OSH into the Boardroom.

The new post of ‘Corporate OSH Specialist’ has been created to play a key part in IOSH’s strategy by influencing and supporting major global enterprises to improve their occupational safety and health practices at a strategic level. To do this, you’ll need the ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships at board and executive level in some of the largest organisations and biggest brands in the world. Naturally, you’ll have a strong understanding of corporate governance and transformational leadership behaviours.

Corporate Engagement Business Manager at IOSH, Angela Gray CMIOSH, explains the characteristics expected of the successful candidate and what they can expect to be involved in.

“I’m hoping that the job title says it all….We’re looking for an OSH specialist capable of working at a corporate level, someone who has solid previous experience of occupational safety and health management. Not only should their technical knowledge be top-notch, but they must also be articulate in communicating at the highest levels. They will be personable and be able to build good working relationships with the key decision makers of an organisation and, through coaching conversations, motivate them to adopt new ideas and approaches.

“The role will primarily focus on the successful delivery of a bespoke programme made up of three elements: maturity assessment, training, and forward planning.”

“It will involve conducting a series of one-to-one interviews with board members to assess the maturity of an organisation’s governance framework, accountability, and the degree to which OSH is an integrated part of their strategic direction and planning. The resulting report will provide valuable feedback, with appropriate recommendations for prioritising improvement actions within the organisation. Coupled with fresh insights gained through the training phase, an organisation will have clarity of what they need to address to further develop their OSH maturity and efficacy.”

Angela is convinced about the enormous potential that this role can have in influencing the health and safety behaviours of some of the largest organisations in the world.

“This really is an amazing opportunity to effect change on a global scale. Some of these organisations have supply chains spanning several countries. A large proportion of OSH professionals work tirelessly at an operational and tactical level to influence OSH behaviour and performance, but there are very few openings that enable access to the key decision-makers in these large organisations. So this represents an exceptional chance to influence board-level strategy, working with people who are passionate about their organisations and who want to improve their OSH performance.”

Candidates need to have

  • Chartered membership of IOSH
  • an auditing qualification or equivalent
  • a Level 3 training qualification or equivalent.

Angela added: “It has always been said that safety starts at the top. Getting OSH into the agenda of the boards of these giant corporations is the supreme example of that. It’s a rare opportunity to have that kind of influence.”

Read more about the role, including responsibilities and person specification. For an informal chat, email angela.gray@iosh.com. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2021.

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