HSE wants to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse society in which we seek to protect people from harm. We value the individual contributions that people with different backgrounds, skills and abilities bring to the organisation.
You will need energy, drive and determination to succeed in this role and be capable of reaching meaningful and balanced judgments.
You will value and be committed to your personal development, being able to attend frequent overnight stays which will be essential for the regulators' training programme and your ongoing professional development.
You will have excellent communication skills and personal resilience. As an inspector, your aim will be to secure improvements through influence and persuasion and, if necessary, you must be able to take formal enforcement action when you discover a risk of serious personal injury or significant breaches of the law. You will need to be comfortable working in a regulatory regime where costs are recovered in specified circumstances. Not everyone who you will meet and speak with will appreciate what you will be trying to achieve and sometimes it might be a struggle to change attitudes and convince others about what is required. It will be your responsibility to determine when such action (i.e. notices and/or prosecution) may be appropriate and to gather and present appropriate evidence. You therefore need a logical and analytical mind and good organisational skills.
The investigation of fatalities and serious accidents may also mean you need to visit places where there is evidence of what has happened and, in some instances, the deceased may still be on site. You will need to be able to work in partnership with other agencies, such as the Police, in such circumstances. At times, you may need to speak with the bereaved families, traumatised and distressed witnesses, as well as anxious and concerned duty holders. You will need to be able to do this in a professional, but empathetic manner. As an inspector, you must be able to communicate appropriately and effectively with people at every level in an organisation and in the public arena.
You must also be comfortable with working independently. Whilst you will be given lots of support in this role, the role of an inspector is one that will require you to regularly go out to various organisations and businesses on your own. You will need to work effectively and efficiently and sometimes outside of normal working hours. You may be carrying out an inspection or investigating an accident, perhaps outdoors, in inclement weather.
You will have good comprehension skills allowing you to understand legal and technical documents. You will also have the ability to write clear, accurate and succinct letters, which can be understood by recipients who will have varying degrees of technical and/or legal knowledge.
Above all, we need people who can be professional and demonstrate calm and poise when working under pressure in one of the most demanding and rewarding jobs in the public sector.