Safety Director

Motorsport UK
London, UK
01 Nov 2018
07 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you want to help deliver a bold new vision for UK motorsport? An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Safety Director to join the national governing body, Motorsport UK. Motorsport UK represents over 45,000 competitors and volunteers and over 720 clubs at the heart of motorsport.  Now, under the leadership of the Chairman David Richards CBE, we are investing in an exciting period of change to drive growth and create a sustainable future for motorsport in the UK.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Safety Director will provide strategic direction to the organisation, its Board and Executive on all Safety and Risk Management policies and matters. The Safety Director is also nominated as the first point of contact in any serious incident in the sport.  As a member of the Senior Management Team, the successful applicant will have general management responsibilities, including related budgetary controls. 

Applications are invited from candidates with a current Safety Practitioner qualification with the professional status of CMIOSH.  Ideally, applicants will have evidence of operating at senior management level and be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Health & Safety legislation within the work place and interpret and adapt it to the needs and requirements of Motorsport UK. A working knowledge of motorsport would be a distinct advantage.  Occasional weekend work at motorsports events.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to work with internal stakeholders and external partners at all levels. The remuneration package is commensurate with the position within the organisation.

Description of job (main task)

To be both accountable and responsible (jointly with others as appropriate) for all matters of Safety and Risk Management, in particular, the implementation and management of the
Motorsport UK Safety Management System. 2015 Safety Management Systems Review (SMSR).

To provide strategic direction to the Motorsport UK, Motorsport UK Board and MotorsportUK Executive on all matters of Safety and Risk Management and policies relating thereto. In addition to engaging fully with the Technical Director on all matters relating to Technical and Environmental Policies within the sport. Through the Motorsport UK line management
structure the Safety Director will ensure that such policies for which they are directly responsible are approved and implemented within the Motorsport UK and across UK motorsport through the regulations of the Motorsport Council, in particular in accordance
with SMS.

The Safety Director will ensure that the Motorsport UK is an undisputed leader in the implementation of highly developed safety principles and processes that lead the industry and are respected across motorsport both within the UK and internationally

The Safety Director is nominated as the first point of contact in any emergency in the sport (Motorsport UK has a Communication Plan in such circumstances involving the Chief Executive and Head of Communications). The Safety Director will report to the Chief Executive and liaise closely with other departmental directors. The Safety Director will liaise with national and international agencies to ensure that
Motorsport UK policies and procedures are acknowledged as state of the art within the motorsport and wider political and legislative communities.

Description of job content

What is done (main & ancillary activities)

  • Maintain your current professional qualification, in particular through CPD and extend those qualifications within the role of Safety Director.
  • To provide strong leadership in championing the priority of safety in all aspects of motorsport.
  • Implementing the Motorsport UK Safety Management System Review.
  • Providing advice on the safety implications of all new regulations or regulatory changes developed during discipline specific committee meetings.
  • Providing specialist advice to affiliated clubs when requested to ensure they manage safety effectively at their events.
  • Management of the Motorsport UK incident database. Management of the Medical Statistics database including management of the safety performance analysis of the Medical Statistics database.
  • Development of Motorsport UK annual safety strategy in conjunction with Specialist Committees following analysis of Motorsport UK safety performance.
  • Presentation of an annual review of the safety performance of Motorsport UK against its safety strategy to Motorsport Council.
  • Providing leadership in the conduct of safety assessments of regulations developed or modified by the Specialist Committees during and following Specialist Committee Meetings.
  • Be the authority and key relationship builder between the Motorsport UK and its stakeholders including, but not limited to; the Circuit and other Venue Operators; Central and Local Gov't; Police and the Judicial/Court system; Clubs and other Event organisers.
  • Investigation and reporting on incidents in motorsport, such reports to include liaison with and input from the Technical Director and also to include detailed recommendations where applicable.
  • Maintain the safety of the Motorsport UK premises and its assets.

How is it done (use of equipment, office facilities and help of others in organisation)

  • Use available reference works – Motorsport UK Year Book and publications, FIA Year Book and associated bulletins in conjunction with UK H&S legislation, ACOPs, guidance, safety and risk management publications and similar authorities.
  • Use knowledge of others in the Company, motorsports specialist committees and motorsports expert panels both at home and overseas.
  • Use own personal/interpersonal skills and experience to solve problems relating to the job and the organisation.
  • Efficient use of IT systems. Use available in-house technology.

Why is the job done (meets set Company/Department goals and objectives)

  • To ensure that safety is at all times the priority in the organisation and operation of the Motorsport UK as the Sports Governing Body.

What performance is required as normal (key results/personal objectives)

  • Ensure that the Chief Executive is made aware of essential information and is kept advised of progress on important issues particularly safety and risk management issues.
  • Strive at all times to develop and maintain a professional and service-oriented relationship with Motorsport UK Board and Council members, colleagues, other departments and with external contacts.
  • At all times ensure that all requests for information, are responded to promptly (without delay) and that all output is well-presented and executed accurately within a set or agreed timescales. Correspondence is acknowledged within two working days and answered within a reasonable timeframe. Correspondence is acknowledged within two working days, 50% answered within two days, and the balance within five working days. Telephone and other verbal queries are to be actioned promptly, efficiently and courteously.
  • At all times ensure that all documents and records produced in relation to output are accurate and kept up to date.
  • At all times ensure that all requests for information, are responded to promptly (without delay) and that all task output, is well presented and executed accurately within a set or agreed timescales.
  • Endeavour at all times to meet the financial and performance goals and objectives of the Company (as set year to year).
  • Ensure at all times that agendas together with supporting documentation is issued at least 10 working days before meetings and that accurate and well-presented minutes are issued within 10 working days after the meeting.

Motorsport UK is an equal opportunities organisation which welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

No agencies please.