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Head of Product Safety & Risk Management

Head of Product Safety & Risk Management

Job Title: Head of Product Safety & Risk Management
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Wiltshire
Salary: competitive market salary
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: GF5719
Contact Name: Gemma Feist
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 18, 2021 15:00

Job Description

Head of Product Safety & Risk Management
£Competitive Salary plus bonus

Our client is a global innovative technology company and they are seeking a Head of Product Safety & Risk Management to join their Wiltshire based site on a permanent basis.

As the Head of Product Safety and Risk Management, reporting into the Chief Quality Officer, you will be responsible for all aspects of product safety and risk assessment both as part of the product creation process (Embedded Safety) and for products in market (Field Safety).  Working as part of a matrix organisation within the Quality, Safety and Sustainability function you will manage a team comprising of Safety Managers, Safety Specialists, Safety Engineers and Quality Management Specialists in the UK and South East Asia.

Lead a global team of Safety Managers, Safety Specialists, Safety Engineers and Quality Management Specialists across multiple international sites.
Drive a Product Safety and Product Risk Management agenda across all product categories and all global markets through developing effective and influential relationships across Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Quality, Legal and Commercial departments.
Support the generation and perpetuation of a healthy Product Safety Culture throughout the business, bridging department/team borders and geographical locations with a ‘One Team’ spirit in line with the companies Behaviours.
Manage team performance & development, training, morale, headcount, recruitment and budget.
Set the tone & character of your team through personal example and provide mentoring/coaching to individuals inside and outside your direct reporting line.

For Embedded Safety and Risk Management:
Ensure a product safety focused process is embedded and implemented within the overall product creation system to ensure :
Clear safety targets are set
All safety related risks and failure modes are identified and counter-measured before new product release
Ensure accurate and timely status reporting of safety and risk related deliverables at project Milestones
Ensure all safety risks are mitigated before proceeding through the milestone
Where product type dictates, develop and ensure implementation of a Quality Management System that complies to required ISO standard requirements
Lead Functional Safety process adherence and deliverable assurance

For Field Safety:
For all products in market ensure regular monitoring of all safety related product defects as reported by consumers and other stakeholders
Be aware of all local market regulatory requirements regarding safety reporting and actions required
Establish strong working relationship with in-market regulatory bodies and liaise with Market Quality and Safety representatives to facilitate the above
Implement at suitable escalation process to govern the above

Understanding of electrical and electronic consumer goods global safety regulations
Experience of implementing QMS and Risk Management processes e.g. ISO9001
Multi-site, multi-country experience with the ability to lead and coach a high-performing, diverse and multi-cultural team.
Ability to plan and act strategically to maintain a high level of Product Safety in all global markets.
Clear & calm thinker with the ability to work within, or quickly adapt to the companies fast-paced and flexible culture.
Strength of character to act as an ambassador for a Culture of Product Safety within the business, challenging multi-disciplinary teams & individuals while also remaining relevant and approachable.
Excellent interpersonal skills, in order to guide decision-making and leverage external resources.
Ability to work with data to answer questions and support arguments.
Strong verbal/written presentation & communication skills.
Strong commercial awareness with an interest in the wider business and industry.
Ability to interact credibly at executive level and inspire confidence.
Experience of the businesses products, key markets and market offices is beneficial to, but not a necessity for, this role.

Benefits Overview
27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
Pension scheme
Performance related bonus
Private medical insurance
Life assurance
Sport centre
Free on-site parking
Subsidised café and restaurants
Discounts on companies products

To apply please send an MS Word formatted version of your CV across for our review and consideration.