Audit & Systems Manager

In the Crick's Safety Health & Sustainability Team.

Part of Crick Operations.

Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Job reference
From £50,000
Applications closed
28 October 2021, 23:59 BST
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 15 October 2021

Contact term:

This is a full-time, permanent position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.

About Us

The Crick is an independent organisation, established to be a UK flagship for discovery research in biomedical science. Our founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015 and in 2017 became fully operational in our state-of-the-art building in central London, making us the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.  Here 1900 researchers and support staff bring together their wide-ranging knowledge and expertise to work across disciplines and explore biology at all levels. 

We work with our university partners and other organisations across academia, medicine and industry to create a space where talented researchers make discoveries about how life works. We then translate those discoveries into health benefits that improve people's lives and keep the UK at the forefront of medical innovation.

We are proud to have played a role in the response to the Covid pandemic. Working in partnership with UCLH, we carried out PCR testing for the NHS from April 2020 and also ran a vaccine centre at the Crick from Feb – August 2021.


This is a really exciting time to join the newly restructured Health and Safety team at the Crick as the Audit and Systems Manager. You will have a wide variety of activities to get involved in within the team ensuring that the institute remains legally compliant and meets H&S policy objectives. We have the support of the board with the team reporting via the Director of H&S to General Counsel of the Crick. The H&S function holds its own budget and has its own specific safety management responsibilities.


The Audit and Systems Manager is a key new Crick-wide role that has been established to develop, implement and maintain new H&S policies and procedures that contribute to the Health and Safety culture change across the Crick. The role will be responsible for delivering, maintaining and continually improving the health and safety management system at the Crick. Where appropriate the Audit and Systems Manager will lead on the accreditation of systems to relevant national and international standards. The role will be closely linked to the new Training and Competency Manager role in ensuring successful review and deliverance of Health and Safety Improvement Programmes across the Crick.

Key responsibilities:

These include but are not limited to:

  • Provide Lead Auditor functions for the Crick (audit plan and audit reporting).
  • Develop, implement and review a robust H&S audit plan.
  • Consult and draw together policies and procedures to create clear quality-based policies and processes.
  • To lead on progress towards achieving accreditation against relevant standards.
  • Review, revise and draft policy changes, ensuring these are channeled through, and communicated with, appropriate colleagues.
  • Identify and consult with key institute stakeholders to understand and advise on levels of auditing and policy needs.
  • Draft communications for a wide range of readership (audit reports, policy documents and presentation materials)
  • Lead on the defining and designing of management systems in relation to statutory, regulatory and other compliance requirements.
  • Utilize management systems to support the development and implementation of a Health and Safety Management IT system.
  • Positively represent the H&S vision and cultural change at the Crick.
  • Work in close collaboration with the H&S Training and Competency Manager to proactively supporting the development and delivery of a training programme built on a clear needs analysis.
  • Devise, implement and deliver a competency matrix to support the delivery of risk assessments across the Crick.

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegiate, in addition to the following:


  • Detailed knowledge of Health and Safety best practice and application in working environments.
  • Current and relevant knowledge of ISO standards.
  • Experience as a lead auditor and able to confidently delegate actions to key stakeholders.
  • Prior knowledge of procedures in gaining health and safety accreditation.
  • Line management experience.
  • Evidence in building effective working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to convey information to a wide audience.
  • Proven experience of influencing and negotiating.
  • Teamwork and collaboration, contributing to the wider Crick mission and values.
  • Demonstrable project management skills.
  • Competent in drafting concise and clear audit and policy documents.


  • Understanding and working knowledge of H&S compliance, auditing and legislation.
  • Work experience within a research / university environment.
  • NEBOSH or other relevant Health & Safety qualification.