GPAO Health and Safety Advisor


Cambridge - DC10, GB

Category:  Warehousing and Distribution

Job Title: Health and Safety Advisor
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £23,414 - £31,660 depending on experience
Location: Whittlesford, Duxford


What it’s about

Have you ever thought about what happens once an exam paper is created and finalised? At Cambridge Assessment each year we securely print over half a billion A4 sides of question papers and our distribution centres in Duxford and Papworth are fundamental to our international operations.


We are Group Print and Operations (GPaO)


We are recruiting for a Health and Safety Advisor to provide relevant and timely advice to our Teams.  Our successful candidate will be driver in the implementation of actions and changes needed to ensure that we are compliant with all our legal and moral responsibilities with regard to health and safety requirements. The Health and Safety Advisor will support GPaO in the implementation, management and continuous improvement of the health, safety, and wellbeing management system with the aim of preventing accidents, injuries and ill-health in the workplace.

What you’ll be doing
Responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the management system framework and associated actions with regards to Occupational Health and Safety.  In collaboration with the Risk & Compliance Manager, you will identify gaps in health and safety practice and write and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance.

Coordinating GPaO Teams to ensure training schedules are maintained and optimised for effectiveness and compliance, this may include any relevant competencies such as First Aid, Fire Wardens, Manual Handling, DSE, COSHH, FLT Operations, PUWER, and General Risk Assessment.  You will also take the lead on activities as designated by the chair of the H & S committee and GPaO Management; collaborating across GPaO and beyond to deliver continuous improvement activities within our H & S Management System.

Providing guidance and oversight to the GPaO team and Managers ensuring timely investigation of accidents and incidents, taking appropriate remedial actions to prevent reoccurrence, preparation of reports and recommendations.  In addtion you will conduct regular audits of accident, near miss, incident and work place inspection records, ensuring corrective and preventative actions are fit for purpose and recorded accurately. Audit will also extend to any areas of the GPaO H & S and GHS & W Management systems.

Working in partnership with the Group HSW team in the development of shared training packages (online / traditional) and the adoption of common digital processes across business areas (Paper to Digital), you will undertake ergonomic assessments, maternity assessments and employee risk assessments across GPaO, and provide guidance on safety for vulnerable workers. Liaising with external consultants where specialist advice is required.

Ensuring your knowledge of global health and safety legislation is up to date and maintaining your knowledge of local standards and best practice is important, as well as providing ongoing maintenance of ISO45001:2018 and development of the standard, including involvement in the transition to an integrated management system.

Creating and developing timely and effective health and safety communications to promote health and safety and drive engagement across all media, you will also attend Health, Safety and Wellbeing meetings and organise as appropriate, including the preparation of pre and post-meeting presentation, documentation and records.  Managing the GPaO H&S inbox and respond to enquiries received in a timely manner, you will also take ownership of reporting H&S data to be discussed in various forums including Compliance Management Review and H&S Committee.  When required you will provide cover for the Risk & Compliance Manager in relation to H&S matters in their absence

What we’re looking for

  • IOSH Managing Safely (essential)
  • Training/Coaching qualification would be an advantage.
  • Ergonomic assessor training would be an advantage.
  • Auditing experience would be an advantage



  • Excellent interpersonal skills – able to build and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of people
  • Ability to influence others.
  • Ability to write clear, concise English
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload
  • A self-motivated person who is able to use their own initiative
  • Strong general IT skills and general systems knowledge.



  • Basic understanding of health and safety legislation and its applicability to Cambridge Assessment.
  • Provision of advice/responding to queries, including a professional manner.
  • Excellent IT skills including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.



  • Willing to collaborate with colleagues across the business
  • Open to new ideas and innovation within the workplace
  • Taking responsibility for their own actions and omissions




In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Free on-site parking
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.


We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23/06/2021 and interviews will be held on w/c 28th June.


If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.


The University of Cambridge will be bringing together its publishing and assessment operations to create a single organisation from 1 August 2021. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment publish and create world-leading content and examinations that are used across more than 170 countries.


The move is in response to a growing desire from learners, teachers and researchers to engage with Cambridge in a joined up digital way, and the demand for innovative products that combine expertise in learning and assessment. The new organisation will have the capabilities to provide world leading assessment, learning and academic research offerings globally, under the Cambridge brand and backed by first class teaching and research departments.


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