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Civil/Structural Engineer

Date Posted: 17-Apr-2018
Closing Date: 29-Apr-2018
Location: Bedfordshire
Salary: Minimum - £49,342.00, Maximum - £54,210.00 per Annum
The Health and Safety Executive is an independent regulator. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britainâs industries and the constantly evolving nature of work and technology. Combining experts from numerous fields, our employees strive to keep people and their working environments safe. We dont just inspect workplaces and enforce the law, we campaign for better H&S practice, we shape and review guidance and regulations, we provide specialist products and services both here and overseas, and we produce crucial research and statistics, all towards our goal #HelpGBWorkWell.
At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy.

Our construction specialists help Britain’s essential construction industry - with over 2 million workers - to manage their work safely. And in this role, you can utilise your considerable technical knowledge to influence not just an individual employer but the whole sector, from small builders to multi-national contractors.

A career with HSE gives you a unique opportunity to visit and interact with different and diverse employers across the whole construction spectrum. You will be constantly learning as you’ll encounter different and often unique circumstances – from looking at both system failures during construction work to buildings and structures that have suffered catastrophic failure or collapse. Depending on the nature of the incident you will collate evidence, photographs and possibly historical drawings of buildings to understand how they failed, often working with our science experts to create a model to explain what went wrong.

You’ll work alongside the widest range of health and safety specialists in Britain to ensure that employers involved in building and construction do so safely. Together, you’ll be helping the millions of people who work in construction and the public, whether that is from our offices or out on site.


• Forensic analysis of construction and structural related accidents to identify the cause and where necessary, lead the technical aspect of the investigation, calling in other expert support and supporting legal enforcement action to prevent a recurrence

• Inspect a variety of workplaces as part of an expert team, to make sure risks are managed safely, driving improvements to achieve compliance with the law e.g. CDM 2015 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005

• Provide sound, robust technical advice to HSE inspectors on a wide range of engineering matters such as structural stability, temporary works, earthworks, the movement of people and plant, working at height and demolition. This includes providing a practical interpretation of construction related regulations, such as CDM 2015 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005

• Prepare balanced, well-reasoned independent expert witness reports that will stand up to external scrutiny

• Appear as an expert witness at inquests, magistrates’ courts, crown courts and tribunals when required

• Assist operational colleagues either at site, or remotely, to assess risks and determine of enforcement decisions

• In the event of a serious or major incident, assist the emergency services by providing clear, sound engineering advice that is proportionate to the level of risk

• Develop and maintain one’s own technical skills and assist with the development of others

• Contribute as a member of the construction team to promote Health and Safety improvements to national standards at UK and European forums, and at relevant conferences.

You’ll be out and about around 2 to 3 days every fortnight, for example visiting sites, attending incidents, court or training, and occasionally with overnight stays so it’s important you are flexible.

To be considered for this role, you will;

• have a broad range of UK civil or structural engineering experience in design, supervision (i.e. as technical project lead) and construction - spotting hazards at each phase;

• have good experience in ideally one or more of the following engineering disciplines; building structures, highway structures, roads, tunnels, temporary works, demolition, earthworks, temporary traffic management

• have experience of UK civil/structural projects of varying sizes and complexity

• have experience of working from first principles to understand and identify the cause of the failure

• have working knowledge of CDM 2015.

The following aspects are desirable but not essential:

• acting as an Expert Witness / court experience

• knowledge of the health and safety legal framework

• coaching / mentoring staff

In addition, you’ll have made some impact in your career so far making intelligent, measured decisions in your area, with good analytical skills to spot underlying issues. Communication is key in this role and you will be able to persuade and influence people at all levels. We value people who respect others, work well in a team and can build robust relationships with employers and other stakeholders.


A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK, unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010.


You will be a Chartered Engineer (i.e. registered as CEng with the Engineering Council)

We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance-related awards

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 21% of pensionable salary, far more than in the private sector.

• Great work/life balance with family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career

• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave

• Comprehensive training to become a specialist inspector and support with CPD. As a Civil Servant, you can receive at least five days of learning and development each year to increase your skills and help further your career

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