Global Head of Health & Safety

Location: Corporate Office


Accountable for Health and Safety (H&S) performance of Nyrstar Group. Provides leadership, issue management and direction for the H&S discipline in Nyrstar. This is delivered by providing
authoritative Technical Expertise to Nyrstar’s Management, Operations and Projects, owning H&S operational requirements, leading and developing the H&S discipline, maintaining an  independent view on operational risks and mitigations, supporting the strategic response to emerging H&S risks and representing Nyrstar’s interests externally with our peers, stakeholders and industry associations.


  • Leading the Nyrstar team of H&S professionals and Group subject matter experts in H&S issues ensuring deep technical expertise is provided to senior management and facilities and that Group level operational H&S risks are understood with mitigations in place.
  • Liaising closely with the Facilities as well as the Group strategy and policy making teams, technology and risk teams on developing and agreeing an integrated H&S agenda for Nyrstar.
  • Collating and sharing emerging and existing H&S operational risks of Group significance; and providing an independent view of adequacy of proposed actions and interventions.
  • Developing and leading the H&S strategy for the Group; and implementation of the Nyrstar Group H&S Policy and associated management system elements and standards across the Group, including developing Nyrstars response to climate change risks.
  • Promoting a positive H&S culture and associated behaviours across the Group, including coaching senior managers to be H&S role models.
  • Implementation of the Group-wide H&S Assurance programme.
  • Advising on compliance with relevant applicable Health and Safety Legislation and Regulations, and industry best practice.
  • Oversight of the total H&S budget and supporting operating Facilities to ensure efficient and effective expenditure on safety improvement projects.
  • Responsible for group-wide H&S information dissemination and communication processes.
  • Co-ordination of the Nyrstar Group H&S Committee and advising other committees at a Group, Operating company and Division level on H&S matters.
  • Directing H&S due diligence on behalf of the Group in relation to new acquisitions and disposals, new and ongoing commercial relationships, responsible souring risks, etc.
  • Establishing and implementing Group level H&S objectives and targets and monitoring H&S performance of Nyrstar globally.
  • Developing a Group-wide H&S competency framework and support development and roll-out of associated training.
  • Reviewing H&S incident reports; directing and participating in incident investigations as appropriate.
  • Appointing expert internal and external resource as required.



  • H&S, engineering or related qualification to degree level or higher; Post graduate qualification preferred in H&S or engineering related subject.
  • Relevant professional qualification preferred (e.g. corporate/chartered membership of relevant institution or other professional body).
  • Minimum 15 years technical experience within the mining, smelting or similar high hazard industry.
  • Minimum 5 years in an H&S leadership role with extensive operational experience.
  • Minimum 5 years in a Group level H&S leadership role with experience of setting and implementing Group level strategy, targets and plans.
  • Significant demonstrable experience as senior discipline leader with proven track record of leadership in discipline.
  • Extensive experience in applying H&S risk management and management capability in an major International extractive organisation.
  • Ability to effectively lead and influence globally dispersed teams on variety of issues and demonstrating cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • High level of business acumen and demonstrable experience in influencing and effectively communicating with senior stakeholders.
  • Ability to build upon best practices and lessons learned from within the company and industry, as well as beyond the industry with a passion for identifying innovative solutions and partnerships.
  • Ability to set vision and strategy, translating into systematic milestones for implementation and critically appraise progress.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send us your CV - We look forward to hearing from you.
Please note that only applicants who progress to the next stage will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in applying for this position.

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