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Job id: 089752. Salary: £43,205 -£50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 24 May 2024. Closing date: 30 June 2024.

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. Department: Faculty Technical Services.

Contact details: Karen Davis. karen.davis@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Guy's campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.

About Kings:

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The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine (FoLSM) has an exciting opportunity for a Biological Safety Manager to join the technical services team. FoLSM has an outstanding reputation across a range of disciplines in Life Sciences and Medicine. The post holder will work closely with the Faculty Health and Safety Manager in providing advice and support for principal investigators and research staff to ensure that activities can be assessed and delivered effectively and ensure compliance with Health and Safety and Biological Safety policies and procedures.

About the role:

The Faculty Biological Safety manager will support the wide range of activity across the faculty that involves biological agents. The role will work closely with all areas of the faculty, supporting research staff to identify appropriate ways to mitigate the risks posed from their activities. The post holder will work with the KCL Health and Safety Services team to provide safety advice and improvements for new build and existing facilities supporting biological activity. The post holder will assist with the implementation of the new Safety management system and act as secretary for the Biological Safety committee. The role will advise research staff on all aspects of Biological Safety and practices, including the completion of Biological Safety risk assessments and Biological Safety audit and inspections. The post holder will lead on the safety of Home Office designated facilities within the faculty, including inspection and auditing, developing action plans for improvements and implementation. The post holder will work closely with Schools/Centre and Health and Safety Services in the implementation of safety responsibilities. The post holder will have oversight of the safety management system for biological activities in FoLSM and assist with the implementation of the new Safety system (Cority) and transition to business as usual.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working in a laboratory research or higher education environment. They will have knowledge and experience of Health and Safety, with background in Biological Safety and compliance. They will be a solutions-orientated individual, that can build networks throughout the faculty and wider university and will be expected to collaborate closely with the central Health and Safety Services team.

The successful Candidate will be an active member of King’s Technical Network, engaging in the Faculty and College initiatives to strengthen and share best practice, with an ongoing commitment to professional development.  They will facilitate an inclusive culture and ethos in line with King’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) strategy, proactively liaising with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

The role is an on-site post with the opportunity to work one day per week remotely.

The role will be based at the Guys campus but will be expected to travel regularly to St Thomas, Waterloo, and Denmark Hill campuses.

About You:

Essential Criteria

  1. Level 6 qualification, e.g., relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent, plus substantial work experience in relevant scientific service or safety post OR Extensive work experience in relevant scientific or safety posts with management experience and/or qualification.
  2. Evidence of an active commitment to professional development, such as IOSH membership and clear progression in increasingly demanding jobs.
  3. Substantial safety, technical and scientific experience.
  4. Comprehensive knowledge of Health & Safety regulations and best practice governing area of work.
  5. Evidence of promoting a positive H&S culture.
  6. Knowledge of a range of scientific procedures and the underpinning scientific theory and risk management applicable.
  7. Excellent spoken and written communication skills, with advanced computer use and strong interpersonal and influencing/behavioural skills to build a strong network to support the delivery of the service.
  8. Solutions-focused self-starter, with excellent planning and analytical skills, able to manage and influence staff and facilities, setting performance standards, and establishing protocols to deliver and report on these.

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's. We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘ How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held on 8th/8th July 2024.