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HM Inspector of Quarries

  • Reference number: 220593
  • Salary: £40,178 - £46,328
  • Grade: Senior Executive Officer
  • Band 3
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Business area: HSE - Energy Division (ED)
  • Type of role: Operational Delivery
  • Working pattern: Full-time
  • Number of posts: 2
  • Location: East Midlands (England), East of England, North East England, North West England, Scotland, South East England, South West England, West Midlands (England), Yorkshire and the Humber

About the job

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Great Britain’s health and safety record is the envy of much of the world. Central to this is our work to protect people by managing risk in a proportionate and effective way, supporting innovation and increasing productivity.

A key operational arm of HSE, Energy Division (ED) regulates the UK's Offshore Oil and Gas industry, pipelines, mines, diving and renewable power generation. We employ around 140 professional engineers and scientists to do this. Great Britain has many highly specialised, strategically important industries which are essential to the country’s economy and social infrastructure, but can potentially cause great harm to their workers, the environment and the public if not properly managed. These sectors include; offshore oil and gas, mining, quarrying, renewable energy and onshore pipelines, oil and gas and fuel storage facilities.

In all these sectors, a single incident could have catastrophic consequences and has the potential to undermine whole sectors by eroding the public’s trust and acceptance of complex, high-hazard activities being undertaken, especially those near to communities.

There are many ways that HSE promotes health and safety, by providing information, guidance and advice for example, as well as promoting training and commissioning research. On the legal side of things, we've developed a goal setting system of regulation - and of course, we also enforce the law. As workplaces change, so do health and safety needs. It's a dynamic and evolving arena that's constantly presenting fresh challenges. We are always looking at new, innovative and imaginative ways to build an effective health and safety culture in the UK: one that will protect people and save more lives.

Job description
Using your specialist knowledge, you will be required to carry out inspections of quarries and surface coal mines including their ancillary operations. You will investigate accidents and incidents and take appropriate action where necessary to secure sustained compliance with legal requirements.

You will be instrumental in contributing to the development of industry guidance, standards and operational strategy. You will be required to represent HSE at meetings with fellow professionals, industry, other HSE staff, including speaking and making presentations at conferences.

We are looking for high calibre specialists who can, under challenge, think strategically, identify underlying core issues, and engage at different levels both with colleagues, site technical staff and at the most senior levels within an organisation. You will be decisive and able to influence those organisations to bring about improvements.

From day one, you will be supported by your manager and colleagues to understand your role in HSE. In addition to supporting your continuing professional development, you will complete the Regulators Training Programme (RTP), providing you with an accredited Diploma in Health and Safety.

The role requires extensive travel and will involve stays away from home on a frequent basis. The role requires some flexibility according to the business needs of HSE and on occasions you will be required to enter workplaces other than quarries to carry out a range of functions.


Person specification

  • Good communication skills to influence change at all levels in the organisations we regulate;
  • Sound analytical skills to identify underlying gaps and deficiencies related to risk management;
  • Initiative and decisiveness, making sound decisions based on available evidence;
  • Good organisational and planning skills taking responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to the required standard;
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, maintaining positive professional working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders;
  • The ability to write effective technical reports and present complex technical information in a clear and concise way for a non-technical audience

Essential criteria

  • Held a managerial or supervisory position in the quarry industry (perhaps a Statutory Appointee) and be familiar with the range of hazards in addition to managing risk in the setting of a quarry.
  • Relevant qualifications in shotfiring and blast design coupled with practical knowledge and experience or be able to demonstrate competence in the safe use of explosives for quarry blasting by other means
  • A sound working knowledge of Geotechnics as applied to large excavations in a range of rock types as well as solid and liquid tips.


  • Full UK Driving license, unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010.


  • A relevant Engineering Degree/Diploma or equivalent
  • Relevant qualifications in shotfiring and blast design, coupled with practical knowledge and experience or be able to demonstrate competence in the safe use of explosives for quarry blasting by other means.

A sift will take place during the week commencing 25 September 2022.

Successful candidates will be invited for an interview 30 September 2022.

Interviews may take place via video or in person face to face.

A reserve list will be held for 12 months.

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