HSE Advisor

Test & Validation - Blyth

Ref: 267 Date Posted: 23 February 2021

HSE Advisor (12 Month FTC)

Test & Validation Directorate

Location: Blyth

Competitive Salary, 28 days Holiday + 10 Bank Holidays, Company Pension Scheme, Annual Discretionary Bonus


Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is excited to be recruiting for an HSE Advisor to be based within our Test & Validation directorate on a 12 Month Fixed Term Contract (FTC) basis, reporting into the HSE Manager.

The Test & Validation site, based in Blyth, offers the most comprehensive open access and independent test and research facilities anywhere in the world to enable the scale-up of offshore renewable energy technologies. Our world-class Test Facilities are equipped to provide Test & Validation activities for Turbine Blades; Powertrains; Subsea, Foundations & Structures; Resource Assessment; Electrical Infrastructure and Robotics & Autonomous Systems. Our capabilities also include Technology Demonstration and Resource Assessment Facilities. We work closely with commerce, industry and academia supporting UK supply chain performance as we continue to transition to a sustainable energy future.  

Tell me more about the position?

As HSE Advisor you will be supporting the HSE Manager with the operational development of our HSE Department. We are a high-growth organisation, this role therefore provides an exciting opportunity play an important role in our continuous improvement journey. 

This position will provide the successful applicant with the exposure and autonomy to make a real difference to our day-to-day operations, and in realising our HSE related ambitions in this heavy engineering environment. You will support all projects and activities on site (the composition of which are often ‘first-of-a-kind’) to ensure the business meets its HSE legal obligations as well as the requirements of the SHEQ management systems (certified to ISO45001, 14001 and 9001). Our HSE Advisor will play an active and visible role on site, providing advice, guidance and hands-on assistance on all HSE related matters. You’ll challenge day-to-day practices as necessary, providing practical and relatable advice and guidance to drive improved working practices.

If successful, you can expect to be involved in the following areas; support management with developing and maintaining procedures / SSOW for high-risk activities (e.g. working at height, confined spaces, high voltage systems, heavy lifting, construction); investigate accidents, incidents and near-misses in a timely manner identifying root causes and corrective actions to prevent recurrences. You’ll also be responsible for DSE Assessments; COSHH Assessments - Sypol Database; Management of PPE, facilitation of HSE Inductions; HSE Training; HSE internal audits and coordination of HSE contractors / consultants. Collaborating with our HSE Manager you’ll assist with the capture of data / metrics for KPI / statutory reporting. This role will participate in the Asset-On-Call (ASOC) team for out-of-hour emergencies and will deputise for the HSE Manager in their absence.

A unique opportunity to be part of a high-performing team, operating at the cutting edge of offshore renewable energy Test & Validation services.

What do I need to qualify for this role?


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent prioritisation and self-organisation abilities
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Ability to both lead and be a team worker as the circumstances dictate
  • Assertive and resilient

Professional Experience:

  • This position is most suitable for candidates who possess 5 years professional experience of working in a similar environment (desirable)
  • You should have experience of working in high hazard/heavy engineering environment (essential)
  • Experience of working with HSE management systems certified to ISO45001 and ISO14001 (desirable)
  • Strong ICT Literacy, in particular Microsoft Excel & Word (desirable)
  • Experience of working on construction projects as an HSE practitioner (desirable)

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety or NVQ level 6 in health and safety or NCRQ Diploma in applied health and safety (essential)
  • Lead or internal auditor qualification for ISO45001 and 14001 (desirable)
  • Qualification in environmental management, e.g. IEMA or NEBOSH (desirable)


This position represents an exciting opportunity to be working at the forefront of offshore renewable energy development.

Who are we?

The offshore wind, wave and tidal sectors are amongst the fast-growing, most innovative and exciting industries in the UK and are at the forefront of supporting our transition to a low-carbon economy and our fight against the climate emergency.

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult), is a leading technology innovation and research centre delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy.  With locations across the UK and in China, ORE Catapult works  with industry and academia to identify, develop, prove and de-risk promising new technologies and bring them to market. It is helping to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.

Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development. In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

How do I apply?

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful in this role, please take the opportunity to review the attached job description and apply using an updated CV which showcases the skills and experience you have relevant to the role.

Thank you for your interest in Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Closing Date: 09th March 2021

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.



We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

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