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Head of Health and Safety


Reference 9282 Closing date 14/4/2024 Brand IAG Cargo Career area Ground Operations & Cargo Business area Cargo Location IAG Cargo, London

Looking for a challenge in one of the world’s largest airfreight logistics organisations?

At IAG Cargo, we’re in the business of moving things. From antibiotics and rhinoceroses to gold bullion, avocados, and everything in between, whatever people need, wherever they are, IAG Cargo is there to bring them the necessary and niche.

As the logistics and cargo brand of International Airlines Group, you’ll work across the globally recognised brands of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Level and Vueling.

As well as helping to keep the world’s economies turning, we believe in building a great place for our colleagues to work. Our people are determined, curious, collaborative and take huge pride in everything they do.

The role:

Head of Health and Safety

This role will lead the health and safety programme, culture and change agenda based in the IAG Cargo London Operation. The Head of Health and Safety oversees the policies, actions and behaviours that ensures the safety of our colleagues, customers and partners worldwide. You will be responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining health and safety policies and practices whilst fostering a culture of safety excellence throughout the worldwide organisation with new insights into ways of working.

What you’ll do:

Health and Safety Leadership:

  • Develop and execute the company's health and safety strategy, in alignment with regulatory requirements and industry best practice.
  • Lead and inspire a team of health and safety professionals, providing guidance and mentorship.
  • Foster a culture of safety consciousness amongst all colleagues external stakeholders.
  • Work with fellow senior leaders to embed health and safety as recognised culture of excellence and importance across the IAG Cargo business

Policy Development and Compliance:

  • Develop and maintain health and safety policies and practices in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Ensure that the organisation is aware of and complies with all applicable health and safety standards.
  • Review and update policies to reflect changes in regulations or industry trends.

Risk Assessment and Mitigation:

  • Identify potential health and safety risks in the workplace, and collaborate with all parts of the business to implement appropriate mitigations. This includes in warehouse areas, live airfields and office environments.
  • Develop and implement risk assessment processes to minimise workplace incidents and accidents.

Training, Education and Culture:

  • Oversee the development and delivery of health and safety training programmes.
  • Ensure that all colleagues, contractors, and partners are well informed and competent in safety procedures.
  • Embed a just culture of health and safety within the IAG Cargo operation, acting as a core part of the operations team.

Incident Management and Reporting:

  • Establish and maintain procedures for reporting and investigating incidents and accidents.
  • Ensure thorough incident investigations and implementation of corrective and preventive actions.
  • Compile and analyse incident data to identify trends and areas for improvement, providing insights for all of the IAG Cargo teams to take relevant action.

Auditing and Continuous Improvement:

  • Conduct regular health and safety audits and inspections to ensure compliance with standards.
  • Identify areas for improvement and work on the implementation plan for corrective actions in collaboration with operational stakeholders.

Communication and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Chair safety forums and lead safety performance boards and ensure an effective and efficient HSE meeting structure across IAG Cargo Operations which gives operational management an accurate picture of risk and feeds into relevant corporate meetings.
  • Establish effective communication channels for health and safety information throughout the IAG Cargo organisation.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure alignment with safety objectives and requirements.

What you’ll bring to IAG Cargo:

  • Professional certification in Health and Safety (e.g., NEBOSH, OSHA, or equivalent).
  • Proven track record in relevant Health and Safety field and leadership role.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of health and safety regulations and best practices.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Strong ability to analyse data and use this to inform recommendations in changes to working practices.
  • Strong organisational and project management skills.
  • Able to build strong relationships with colleagues across all parts of the IAG Cargo business.
  • Proactive decision maker with an ability to influence change across the organisation.
  • Desirable: degree level qualification

What we offer:

Wherever you work within IAG Cargo, you’ll play a part in connecting people and countries and join a diverse and inclusive business that’s making a difference to the future of aviation.

Colleagues working for IAG Cargo:

  • Benefit from attractive and competitive rewards aligned to the local market and role.
  • From the day you join us, you’ll get access to brilliant staff travel benefits including unlimited basic and premium standby tickets on British Airways and group airlines. You’ll also receive up to 30 discounted ‘Hotline’ airfares per year for yourself, friends, and family.
  • Work with diverse colleagues in a business that truly values inclusion and diversity.
  • Are valued for their ideas and opinions.
  • Benefit from opportunities for development and progression.
  • Are able to support communities across the world, and close to home.
  • Work in an environment in which safety and wellbeing are paramount.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Our recruitment procedures positively support our equity, diversity, and inclusion agenda.

All candidates are considered strictly on their merits in relation to the criteria for the role, treated fairly and consistently and have their individual needs responded to throughout the process.

Please advise us if you require any reasonable adjustments to take part in the recruitment process so we’re able to remove any barriers that may present themselves.


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