Health & Safety Advisor

Health & Safety Advisor
  • Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Full Time - Permanent
  • Up to £43,000
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About the role

Health & Safety Advisor

Southampton Store Support Office

Full Time, Permanent

Up to £43,000 per annum

We believe anyone can improve their home to make life better. From our Southampton Store Support office (SSO) we equip our stores, our people, and our whole business with everything it takes to help our millions of customers create a home they’ll love. Join us as a Health & Safety Advisor and you’ll be a big part of this. 

Key responsibilities

The role of a Health & Safety Advisor is to ensure that B&Q has an effective safety system that keeps accidents to a minimum. To provide expert competent advice ensuring that B&Q meets its legal duty to keep customers, colleagues and contractors safe. To be the keeper of all B&Q Health and Safety procedures, ensuring that all colleagues are aware of how to operate safely and to monitor leading and lagging indicators providing information to allow regional managers to assess and manage performance.

Responsibilities of the role include but are not limited to; creating and maintaining a suitable suite of Risk Assessments and securing stakeholder approval. Setting appropriate H&S policies for the business, highlighting ‘gaps’ in policy and proposing practical solutions. Document, maintain and store health and safety procedures. Ensure health and safety procedures support H&S policy as efficiently and effectively as possible. Communicate updates to health and safety procedures. Respond to Health and Safety incidents and co-ordinate activities to deliver a successful outcome. Conduct investigations into serious accidents and incidents. Maintain proactive liaison with enforcing authorities on all aspect of Health and Safety process and communication with B&Q.

Required Skills & Experience

We are looking for an energetic and resilient individual with great communication skills, the ability to think fast and problem solve quickly and the ability to build and maintain excellent relationships with multiple stakeholders. You’ll be flexible to be able to work from home and visit stores regularly to conduct assessments, meetings and training sessions. You will be able to commit to staying overnight when required whilst visiting stores across the UK.

You’ll have enforcement experience as an EHO or from dealing with enforcement officers in a similar business. You’ll have the practical understanding of how retail works ideally from a salesfloor perspective, experience of writing risk assessments and being able to then communicate these to all areas of the business adjusting your style when needed. You’ll have CDM and construction experience ideally based around retail or commercial building construction and maintenance. You’ll have experience of dealing with multiple sites across the business to aid you to effectively build relationships with stores across the UK and ROI. You’ll have experience of writing and delivering training to both internal colleagues and external partners

Essential Technical / Professional Qualifications

  • Established Health and Safety Professional in recognised role (EHO or other)
  • Qualified to degree or equivalent level (i.e. NEBOSH Diploma) in Health and Safety
  • Excellent knowledge of CDM regulations
  • Excellent knowledge of PRIMARY AUTHORITY
  • Full and proven understanding of Risk Assessment process


Career Progression

We want to ensure that all employees, future employees and applicants to all Kingfisher companies are treated equally regardless of age, gender, marital or civil partnership status, colour, ethnic or national origin, culture, religious belief, philosophical belief, political opinion, disability, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. 

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Learn & Develop at B&Q

When you join B&Q, we want you to be all you can be. From the minute you walk through our doors to the exciting moment you make that next career move, we're here to help you make the most of every opportunity. Thanks to our friendly learning system, Mylo, we make sure you always have the support you need to take on every challenge and fit your learning around your life. Here, we know that the best way to grow is together. 

Flexible learning with Mylo

Mylo is your every day, on the go learning and development partner. Helping you build the knowledge you need now and in the future. With Mylo, you can access training and content, anywhere, anytime and on any device. You can even influence the type of training on offer by rating and recommending content, and letting us know what we can do to improve. Award-winning and featuring over 150 different learning activities - like short videos, articles, workshops and webinars - think of Mylo as your 24/7 training pal, designed to help you make the most of your B&Q career journey.

Developing in role

Learning never stops at B&Q. Whether you've been in your role for one day or five years, there's always something to be curious about. It's why we're always creating learning opportunities and experiences that'll give you the chance to develop your skills. Like our First Line Manager programme: a course that helps our newest line managers build their confidence and management skills. Or our Leadership Development programme that challenges our more experienced leaders to reflect on and adapt their approach for our ever-evolving ways of working.

Building expertise and know-how

We believe anyone can learn the technical skills to do their job with excellence. It's all about attitude and behaviour here. So, if you're passionate about customer service and design, we'll teach you how to create beautiful kitchens. If you're someone who loves being outdoors, we'll help you learn about our garden ranges. And, if you're someone who just loves what we do but doesn't know where to start, we'll help you find the perfect role for you to grow into. 

Accelerated Development Talent Programmes

Whatever goal you're working to at B&Q, we want to help you get there. We do this by designing a number of programmes which help you to practice your skills and learn new ones, gain valuable experiences, learn from others and jump on opportunities that are right for you. From leaders taking their first steps into management to those simply looking for a new challenge, we're there to make sure you achieve your ambitions.


At B&Q, we want every new colleague to understand our values, our customers, and how we work together to achieve our purpose. That’s why we’ve designed an induction programme that’ll give you real insight into our business, our culture and help you feel included from day one. For your first few weeks on the job you’ll work with your team and line manager, mixing online learning with practical tasks, to grow your knowledge a little every day.


A day in the life

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Our Store Support Office sits within B&Q House and supports our colleagues and stores right across the UK and Ireland. In our bespoke, modern and eco-friendly building just north of Southampton, you’ll find a friendly team of talented people in a huge range of roles.

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In B&Q house, you’ll enjoy an onsite gym, a subsidised Costa, a canteen and restaurant, prayer room, plus open plan and cosy work spaces, an outdoor picnic area, and bike sheds for those who cycle in.


B&Q House has a biomass boiler, solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system. Our building also makes use of upcycled and recycled furniture and fittings, and features natural ventilation, heat retention and CO2 management, all via our very own weather station on the roof.

COVID-19 safety measures

At B&Q House we've made lots of changes to ensure we're ready for our colleagues to work safely. Watch our video to find out more.

choose us?

Why Retail Operations at B&Q?

Our stores are essential in helping millions build better homes. And our Retail Operations teams are essential in running our stores. Behind all the activity that goes on, they're there. Scheduling changes at the right time and with the right equipment, developing our colleague deployment model and reviewing our range to make sure we're always at our best for our customers and colleagues.

Why B&Q

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Health & Safety Advisor

  • Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Full Time - Permanent
  • Up to £43,000