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Senior Occupational Psychologist

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Buxton, Derbyshire
£40,788 - £46,783 per annum
Closing date
20 Feb 2024

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Senior Occupational Psychologist

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

About Us

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We’re dedicated to protecting people and places, ensuring everyone can lead safer and healthier lives at work.

We are now looking for a Senior Work Psychologist to join our Risk and Human Factors Group in Buxton on a full-time, permanent basis.

The Benefits

  • Salary of £40,788 - £46,783 per annum
  • 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave
  • Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27.1%
  • Flexible working options
  • Family-friendly policies and working hours
  • Competitive parental leave benefits
  • Carer-friendly policies to help create a supportive working culture
  • Learning and development tailored to your role

This is an exciting  opportunity for an occupational psychologist to advance their career with our ground-breaking organisation.

You will have the chance to join a vibrant team and deliver transformative training, activities and consultancy work that supports occupational mental health and wellbeing. Through your efforts, you will help to ensure that our country remains one of the safest to work in and supports the mental health of our workforces.

So, if you’re ready to take the next step and join the team at our Science and Research Centre in Buxton, we’d love to hear from you.

The Role

As a Senior Occupational  Psychologist, you will work alongside a team of experts to educate others on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Following a period of supported on-boarding, you will lead technical contributions to projects related to workplace stress, mental health, and safety leadership. Demonstrating high standards in the application of research methods, you will constructively challenge existing approaches.

You will lead technical contributions to support regulatory colleagues, provide advice to a range of internal and external stakeholders on key workplace issues and act as an expert witness during prosecutions.

Additionally, you will:

  • Lead technical contributions to projects related to workplace stress, mental health, and safety leadership and demonstrate high professional standards in science and application of research methods, including constructively challenging existing approaches. This will, after a period of onboarding, involve taking on the role of technical lead on a topic from within the discipline.
  • Lead technical contributions to support regulatory colleagues (following a period of training and support). This will at times involve acting as an expert witness.
  • Provide expert advice to a range of internal and external stakeholders on key workplace issues, including:
  • Management of work-related stress and mental health at work
  • Safety leadership
  • Job design
  • Design of work environments
  • Organisational development and change
  • Actively lead the development of research and consultancy work within the industry by engaging with potential customers, providing technical input to proposals and presenting technical solutions to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Deliver presentations at conferences and events.
  • Design and facilitate workshops to support colleagues and industry stakeholders.
  • Deliver training courses in your areas of technical expertise on both open and in-company courses.
  • Write high quality reports that are of a suitable standard to be made available to the public (when appropriate), used by policy colleagues, shared with industry or used as evidence in legal proceedings.

About You

To be considered as a Senior Occupational Psychologist, you will need:

  • To be registered with the HCPC or be a Chartered member of the BPS - or be able to show evidence of working towards Chartership.
  • Good theoretical knowledge of occupational/work psychology.
  • Strong skills and competence in psychology/human factors related research methods, including practical experience of facilitating focus groups and interviews in different settings.
  • Experience of designing, planning and delivering high quality projects safely to time and cost.
  • The ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong communication skills, experience of writing clear, concise reports and the ability to interact productively with a diverse range of stakeholders. This will include public speaking engagements such as delivering conference presentations, training courses, court attendance, and other engagements deemed necessary to meet business needs. 
  • We are looking for specialists who can, under challenge, identify underlying core issues and engage at different levels with colleagues, site/technical staff, including those at senior levels within an organisation. You will be focused and capable of influencing those organisations to bring about improvements.

The closing date for this role is the 20th February 2024.

Other organisations may call this role Work Psychologist, Senior Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist, or Psychology Practitioner.


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