Biffa is on the lookout for a HSE Compliance Manager to provide day-to-day supervision of all elements of the Safety, Health and Environmental systems within the Biffa Polymers plastics recycling site in order to meet the legal compliance requirements, budget targets and annual objectives and targets of the site. To deputise for and assist the Regional QSHE Manager with routine SHEQ matters, production of reports, site inspections, and arrangement and checking of statutory inspections.


  1. To provide on-site guidance and support to Biffa Polymers on all aspects of the Biffa Safety, Health, and Environment (SHE) management systems, policy, procedures and documents etc, as defined by the Business Director – Biffa Polymers and SHE leadership team to ensure continuous performance improvement and the identification and controlling of any risks.
  2. Conduct regular workplace inspections / internal audits as prescribed by the SHEQ management system, and assist in the preparation of external SHEQ audits and participate as requested by the Regional QSHE Manager. Provide feedback of audits and ensure implementation of outcomes by Biffa Polymers management teams to control any risks and correct/improve processes and procedures.
  3. Assist in carrying out thorough and detailed investigations into accidents and incidents within the facility. Support the Appointed Formal Investigation Leader in the timely completion and return of the investigation. Close out (where possible) on all investigations within 7 days as stipulated in the Biffa Polymers and Biffa SHEQ strategy and annual objectives and targets.
  4. Liaise with local leadership and the relevant enforcement authorities/agencies on the notification of incidents, accidents, dangerous occurrences, and the reporting/recording of these incidents.
  5. To provide an appropriate level of support and advice (to include assistance on prequalification and tender documentation and evaluation of subcontractor/supplier competence) to site management.
  6. To assist the Regional QSHE Manager in the production of SHEQ performance information and other reports for local, Regional, Division, Board level and Company wide distribution as requested.
  7.  Ensure that accreditation systems for ISO9001, ISO14001, and ISO45001 are embedded, maintained and improved.
  8. Ensure that relevant statutory requirements are implemented and controlled in order to at least meet, but target to exceed legislative responsibilities for environment and health and safety. These are to include Environmental Permit compliance, LOLER, PUWER, Fire safety, COSHH, Work at Height, Vibration at Work, etc.
  9. Participating in key projects with a significant SHEQ impact, providing guidance and support for CDM related activities.
  10. Identifying training requirements and, where required, providing relevant bespoke training in matters pertaining to Health and Safety, and Environmental matters.
  11. Promoting culture change and continual improvement of safe working practices and cascading best practice across the site, engage site personnel in all matters pertaining to Safety, Health and Environment to further embed the culture.
  12. Take ownership of the leading indicator systems including Hazard and Near Miss reporting and Cooper / B-Safe surveys to prevent accidents and incidents through early identification of hazardous agents and situations.
  13. Participate in external SHEQ inspections, Divisional and Group meetings and weekly / monthly conference calls in order to understand the state of the business and share best practice techniques.
  14. Ensure that site risk assessments cover all relevant tasks, and that the assessments are suitable and sufficient and address all hazards and risk scenarios. Review, or assist with the review of the assessments so that they remain valid, and ensure that assistance is provided with the development of Safe Systems of Work that result from the assessments. Communicate the assessments with relevant affected personnel so that there is a full understanding of the job-related risks.
  15. Act as the primary site contact for communications, visits or inspections from regulatory bodies, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency (EA), and the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS).
  16. Carry out any other such reasonable job related tasks as the company may require to be undertaken from time to time.


  • The HSE Compliance Manager will provide guidance, support and coaching for Biffa Polymers on all aspects of the Biffa Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) management systems, policy, procedures and documents etc, as defined by the Business Director – Biffa Polymers and the SHEQ Leadership team to ensure continuous performance improvement.
  • The HSE Compliance Manager should have sound knowledge of Safety, Health, and Environment standards from both a legal and best practice perspective and the practical knowledge of how to implement and deliver that within an operational plastics recycling facility.
  • The post-holder must have a recognised health and safety qualification, minimum requirement is the NCRQ Safety for Managers or IOSH Managing Safely but preferably an NCRQ or NEBOSH General Certificate, or be actively working towards this.
  • The post-holder will ideally have waste management experience, excellent time management, strong IT literacy, excellent people management skills with the ability to influence behaviour through effective communication at all levels.
  • The post-holder must have broad based experience in SHEQ and be familiar with ISO9001, 14001 & OHSAS18001 / ISO45001 and the basic management principles to maintain accreditation.
  • Challenges of the role include the need to communicate and influence at all levels including management and operatives, as well as a strong understanding of manufacturing principles. Ensuring that high standards are implemented and maintained so that a common expectation of excellence is achieved.
  • The post-holder works within the constraints of health and safety, and environmental legislation, Biffa Polymers Ltd and Biffa Waste Service policies and procedures.
  • Internal interfaces include primarily site departmental managers, the Regional QSHE Manager, supervisors and operatives.
  • External interfaces include customers, suppliers, contractors and the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, the Fire and Rescue Services and accreditation bodies.


  • NCRQ Safety for Managers/IOSH Managing Safely
  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • Intermediate Microsoft package IT skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint
  • Full current car driving licence
  • Proven experience working within a manufacturing environment
  • Proven hands-on experience working within Safety, Health and Environmental (QSHE) supervision delivering and implementing standards
  • Achieving clearly defined service level agreements and KPI’s including SHE outputs


Here at Biffa, we have a friendly, open, honest culture that’s based on mutual trust and respect. Safety is our number one priority and we look out for each other.

We’re very proud of what we do and are continually striving to be better. We listen to our employees and we care about what our employees think. At Biffa, we encourage our people to take responsibility. You’ll have a real opportunity to make a positive contribution to our business, our customers and to the communities in which we operate.

We’re committed to helping our people fulfil their potential. You’ll find many exciting opportunities and challenges with us and people are rewarded fairly for their efforts, recognising the valuable contribution that everyone makes to our business.

Biffa – Valuing Difference:

We believe that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better results. Biffa is therefore committed to promoting equality and diversity in all areas and places great importance on ensuring it is a diverse and fulfilling place to work.