St Paul's Cathedral - Fire Safety Manager

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We are looking to recruit a Fire Safety Manager to bring expert knowledge to protect the Cathedral, its historic collections and everyone who visits and works within it.

The Fire Safety Manager will work with a range of stakeholders across the Cathedral to implement the actions which have been highlighted from a recent strategic fire risk assessment. This will include the development of a fire risk management system, embedding a culture of fire safety and driving disaster management preparedness. It will also involve working with partners such as the London Fire Brigade to execute fire drills and make improvements to processes.

To lead on implementing the recommendations from the cathedral’s fire safety review and take day to day responsibility for fire safety across the Cathedral, working closely with a range of stakeholders for maximum impact and engagement.

To drive disaster preparedness and drive change across the Cathedral by embedding a strong fire safety culture throughout the organisation with good information, communication and knowledge management systems.

  • Project manage the implementation of actions highlighted in the Quinquennial report (QIR), strategic fire risk assessment (FRA) and the FCS live fire risk assessment, working closely with key stakeholders such as the cathedral fire consultant, the Surveyor to the Fabric and the Clerk of Works to deliver the required actions.
  • Manage, record and implement key actions from the Fire Safety Board and Sub Board.
  • Develop a comprehensive fire risk management system (FRMS) for the cathedral in accordance with the recommendations of BS 9999 and or BS 9997.
  • With the Head of Collections, progress and complete the collections disaster management response and recovery plans.
  • With the Head of HR, and other departmental heads, work to embed a strong fire safety culture; develop and deliver touchpoints and training from induction and throughout an employee’s employment to educate and engage.
  • Put into place a schedule of evacuations and drills and for each event agree learning outcomes, monitoring and sharing lessons learned. Within 6 months of starting the role, execute a major fire drill in collaboration with the London Fire Brigade.
  • Through the Director of Corporate Services, report annually to Chapter on progress with:
  • Implementation of recommendations of QIR, strategic FRA and FCS live FRA
  • Disaster preparedness, mitigation and management of recovery, as required by the Care of Cathedrals Measure and Cathedral
  • Insurers
  • Culture
  • Administrative change
  • Develop and collate from others appropriate fire safety information as documented in BS 9999 annex H.4.
  • Take an active role in disseminating best practice to and from other relevant heritage settings and external bodies.
  • To investigate fire-related incidents within the Cathedral premises and prepare reports and recommendations to minimise the risk of personal injury, fire, and damage to property.
  • A Fire Safety qualification
  • Excellent technical knowledge in Fire Safety / Engineering and a thorough understanding of Building Regulations, fire safety legislation and relevant British Standards
  • Proven and proactive experience in managing fire safety and disaster preparedness in a high profile, public assembly or heritage building
  • Demonstrable experience of successful project management, monitoring and delivery
  • Ability to build strong and effective working relationships with a diverse range of people internally and externally
  • Proven organisation skills
  • Experience of implementing a fire risk management system
  • Effective and clear communication skills both written and verbal
  • Proven ability to drive cultural and operational change
  • Ability to work independently and to use own initiative

St Paul’s is an equal opportunities employer and holds together a very diverse set of activities and aspirations. It is the Cathedral of the Diocese of London and the seat of its Bishop, a national church and an international spiritual focus, a space for worship and holiness, a place of learning, debate and challenge, an icon of resilience in the face of adversity, an architectural heritage centre, a partner in the City of London, and a commercial enterprise. In addition to offering acts of worship throughout the day, St Paul’s is open for prayer and sight-seeing seven days a week.