Senior Fire Safety Manager

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Senior Fire Safety Manager

Job Introduction

To be the lead for fire safety management across the organisation. To provide technical and leadership skills to improve knowledge, behaviours and ultimately fire safety.

Role Responsibility

Lead and Advise

  • Be responsible for leading the fire safety function
  • Create strategic objectives
  • Work strategically and tactically to ensure the safety of Selfridges’ buildings, the people within them and achieve best practices throughout the business
  • Ensure the Fire Strategies within the business are met, particularly during project and construction works
  • Achieve compliance with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005), specifically Part 1, Article 5 and Part 2, Articles 8-23
  • Ensure Selfridges gets the right type and level of technical advice and instruction either delivered through the Health and Safety team or via third party specialists – for example, Fire Safety Engineers, Designers, Risk Assessors

Influence and Engage

  • Increase the knowledge of the Fire Strategy requirements for Selfridges’ four stores, continually educating the relevant people on the why the requirements are important as well as what and how they should be achieved
  • Improve the awareness and understanding of the responsibilities relating to fire safety amongst stakeholders and in doing so, positively influence the behaviours of their teams and improve fire safety management within our business
    • Be curious and challenging when interacting with stakeholders to gain better insight  
  • Support the continuous improvement of fire safety throughout the business through the creation of initiatives, education and completion of identified improvements
  • Create robust policies and raise awareness of these policies amongst relevant parties


  • Analyse data from both leading and lacking indicators and produce monthly reports for all stores and areas of the business
  • Work with key stakeholders discussing findings of data analysis and the impact on their activity – lowering risks, increasing knowledge and improving behaviours and performance


  • Proactively identify training needs and opportunities and support the delivery of them to relevant parties throughout the business
  • Work with the Learning and Development team and Retail Training team to create and deliver Health & Safety training 

The Ideal Candidate

Qualifications/ Training:

  • Membership of IFE or IFSM
  • Essential – qualification in fire safety management or fire engineering at Degree or Diploma level (or equivalent)


  • Currently working in a strategic role with a high level of responsibility
  • Liaising with enforcing authorities
  • Working with Architects, Designers, Project Managers, Engineers and Building Control Officers
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment, undergoing regular change and growth

Technical Skills:

  • Sound knowledge of fire safety standards and guidance documents
  • Use of MS Office

Personal Attributes/ Behavioural Skills:

  • Strong at building working relationships with key stakeholders across all levels – highly approachable and a strong communicator with the ability to influence behaviours
  • Responsible, able to lead the fire safety function and work both strategically and tactically
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines in a very fast paced environment
  • Highly self-motivated individual with strong prioritisation skills
  • Flexible approach to suit the needs of the business with a high level of care taken in each task
  • Strong team player but can also work autonomously to deliver results

About the Company

We are a shop run on imagination: a place where the world’s most covetable brands combine with the most extraordinary spectacles, events and ideas for an experience like no other.

We have challenged the rules of retail from day one, whilst demonstrating our unwavering commitment to sustainability.  In 2016, we were the first to be awarded with recognition for the ‘World’s Best Sustainability Campaign by a Department Store’ at the IGDS Global Department Store Summit, in-line with its focus on buying better and inspiring change. We are also recognised as the Best Department Store in the World (2010, 2012, 2014 & 2018) underlining our place at the forefront of retail. In 2018 we were recognised as a LinkedIn Top Company to work for.

Our vision is to be the destination for the most extraordinary customer experience, and our people are central to us achieving this.  As an employer we are committed to making Selfridges an exciting, inspiring and fun place to work


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