City Events and Health & Safety Manager

  • Make It York Limited
  • York, UK
  • Feb 06, 2019
Full time Management Other

Job Description


Context of role

Make It York is York’s Destination Management Organisation and has an overarching remit to market the city and its surroundings - nationally and internationally - as an attractive and vibrant place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  This remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

Make It York organises the award winning St Nicholas Christmas market as well as other high level outdoor events.  We have a vacancy for a dynamic city events organiser with a significant level of Health and Safety experience, to work with high profile events such as The Great Yorkshire Fringe, The Viking Festival and The York Food and Drink Festival.

Core details

Job title: City Events and Health & Safety Manager

Reporting to: Head of City Centre & Markets

Location: 5 Silver Street, York

Key working relationships:  Head of City Centre & Markets, City Centre team, Commercial Manager, Partnerships Manager, Head of Business, Head of Visit York

Key stakeholder relationship: 3rd party event organisers, City of York Council

People responsibility: Working collaboratively across the Make It York team

Work demands: Busy environment, often dealing with difficult customers with conflicting demands

Physical demands: Periods of being in the city and market areas to supervise events and maintain high standards

Working conditions: A mixture of office activity and being outdoors

Work context: Work is subject to interruptions and there is a need to constantly re-prioritise as changes occur.  Need to generate quick responses to queries from businesses, traders, residents and visitors

Main purpose of role

To oversee and help deliver events in the city centre and outdoor events in the wider city, with a strong emphasis on event health and safety

Main responsibilities and key tasks

  • Provide all necessary professional support and advice on the development and delivery of safe and successful festivals, events, projects and initiatives
  • Liaise with film production partners to facilitate filming opportunities in the city
  • Assist and advise event organisers on all aspects of event production to enable delivery of 3rd party and Make It York events
  • Direction of event organisers and the supervision of stewards, first aiders and community volunteers ensuring the health and safety of the audience and members of the public
  • Responsibility for all aspects of Health and Safety, Risk Assessments and risk management obligations with regard to events in the city and in Shambles Market
  • Scrutinise safety management and risk assessments of all events held in the city or in open spaces in the city, ensuring legal requirements and HSE safety standards are met and appropriate safety controls are in place
  • Future responsibility for occupational H&S/managing Health and Safety in the workplace

Skills and Experience

  • Experience of managing outdoor events
  • Level 3 or above H&S qualified
  • Personal License
  • Working licensing knowledge
  • Experience in reviewing Risk Assessments
  • Event management planning
  • Experience working with Safety Advisory Groups
  • Dynamic decision maker
  • Diplomatic and ability to work with many different stakeholders
  • First Class admin skills
  • Able to prioritise and work with a sense of urgency
  • Weekend working when necessary including early starts and late finishes at events.
  • Be creative
  • Experience of managing income generating services
  • Experience of the delivery of a programme of specialist markets and activities and
  • working with partners to develop these
  • Ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency with IT packages, particularly Microsoft Office and Outlook and a familiarity with SAGE would be useful

Hours of work

Full time - 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday.  Some weekend and out of hours working will be required to include early starts and late finishes at events


CV and covering letter to be sent to:

Closing date for applications:             12.00 Wednesday 27 February          

Interviews will be held:                        Wednesday 6 March