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Global Head QHSE

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/03/2022

Job Description

The Global head of QHSE is the Senior Responsible Owner in Ricardo Automotive and Industrial (A&I) for developing, implementing, and maintaining the Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) Management Systems.

They are fully responsible for ensuring safe systems of work and behavioural practices at all levels of the organization.

This position provides QHSE guidance to the business and supports the operational processes to maintain and continually improve the safety culture and performance in line with the business unit’s needs to comply with objectives in the short, medium, and long terms and in accordance with corporate governance/policy, customer contracts and other stakeholder expectations.

Location – UK location but Global Remit

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Responsible for A&I’s QHSE processes and procedures to maintain accreditations (ISO9001-2015, ISO14001-2015, ISO45001:2018 and other standards as needed from time to time)
  • Drive the QMS and HSE systems and advise on all QHSE matters, issues, and concerns to ensure compliance with statutory requirements, contractual requirements, and good industry practice
  • Responsible for management of and liaison with QHSE auditors to acquire/maintain necessary accreditations
  • Lead & provide advice on development, management, and monitoring of the QHSE performance of the business unit
  • Report on the business unit QHSE performance and metrics to the leadership team and group as/when required including leading briefings on actions, deficiencies, and recommended enhancements
  • Produce further analysis and reports as may be required by the Directors, or snr management from time to time
  • Lead the QHSE internal audit programme and conduct audits to evaluate the effectiveness of systems, procedures and assessing compliance. Identifying and implementing improvements as necessary across global A&I via liaison with local experts, site managers and snr leadership teams
  • Conduct QHSE training using internal and external resources as required
  • Liaise with customers and supply chain/procurement regarding QHSE matters, ensuring their expectations are met
  • Maintain awareness of evolving industry QHSE regulations, standards, and best practice and how they could be applied to the business unit’s operations
  • Advise on special (project-specific) quality requirements as they arise (Military, Aerospace, or laboratory standards)
  • Develop and maintain a team to act as Subject Matter Experts for QHSE (internal or external advisors)
  • Resolve and/or escalate all QHSE issues in a timely fashion
  • Ensure the business unit is legally compliant in all aspects of QHSE wherever it has staff through site visits or through the local QMS/QHSE representatives in territory


  • Reports to the Global Managing Director, Automotive & Industrial
  • Supported by Group Risk Manager – the Ricardo plc QHSE leader
  • Works with Presidents of each A&I territory and peers in other business units and Group IT/Information security


  • Proven QHSE expertise from professional services and/or testing environments operating globally
  • Excellent knowledge of Quality Management Systems (AS9100 an advantage)
  • Strong leadership skills to constantly drive health, safety, environmental, and quality improvements
  • A “hands-on” implementer of processes and change with a sense of urgency
  • Strongly motivational character with proven leadership ability to influence others at all levels in the organisation to achieve objectives with a team approach
  • Consistently acknowledges and appreciates team member's contributions
  • Ability to simultaneously manage several projects
  • Ability to participate in and facilitate group meetings
  • Strong analytical and logical approach. Ability and experience of auditing
  • Excellence with data manipulation and presentation of critical information – excellent professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commercially and legally aware, understanding of ESG and operational drive needed to deliver
  • Able to obtain appropriate UK security clearance
  • UK Driving licence and ability/willingness to travel domestically and internationally