Senior Project Manager (Fire Safety)

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Senior Project Manager (Fire Safety)

Role Responsibility

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.


Influence and Engage

Improve the awareness and understanding of the responsibilities relating to fire safety amongst stakeholders, positively influence the behaviours of their teams and improve fire safety management within our business

Influence key stakeholders to ensure compliance and integration of fire and life safety into projects

Increase the knowledge of the Fire Strategy requirements for Selfridges’ four stores, continually educating on why the requirements are important as well as what and how they should be achieved

Be curious when interacting with stakeholders to gain better insight 

Create initiatives, education and completion of identified improvements

Create robust policies and raise awareness of these amongst relevant parties


Lead and Advise

Be responsible for leading the fire safety function and accountable for creating strategic objectives to improve fire safety, knowledge, behaviours and compliance

Work strategically and tactically to ensure the safety of Selfridges’ buildings and people and achieve best practices throughout the business

Ensure compliance with the Fire Strategies within the business, 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 Fire Risk Assessments are undertaken, recommendations considered and action taken against them in a timely manner, working across our business to do so

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 or Risk Assessors


Reporting & Training

Analyse data and report back to stakeholders in all areas of the business to discuss findings and the impact on their activity 

Proactively identify training needs and opportunities

The Ideal Candidate

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


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


Technical Skills:

Sound knowledge of fire safety standards and guidance documents

Use of MS Office


Qualifications/ Training:

Desirable - membership of IFE or IFSM

Desirable - qualification in fire safety management or fire engineering at Degree or Diploma level (or equivalent)


This guide represents a summary of the role, however all team members are expected to be flexible in the work they undertake, which may change from time to time, according to the needs of the business

About the Company

Our Creative Spirit 

We are more than a shop. We are a social space where culture and commerce collide to release an energy that we call the Selfridges spirit. We are here to make our world brighter, and everyone is welcome. 

Our Awards Cabinet 

We’re not ones to brag, but since you asked...Selfridges has won the award for The World’s Best Department Store an unprecedented four times at the IGDS awards, with an additional award for the Best Sustainability Campaign.  

Our Future 

Since 1909 we have been at the forefront of retail and today our stores in London, Manchester and Birmingham – alongside and the Selfridges App – continue to redefine the way we shop and socialise. As a Selfridges team member, you will learn what it takes to consistently drive innovation, success and amazing customer experiences. 

The Fun Stuff  

There are lots of reasons to be excited about joining Team Selfridges – from our fantastic team member communities to volunteer days and behind-the-scenes Selfridges experiences throughout the year. 

Other benefits and rewards include:

  • Generous bonus and/or commission scheme 
  • Discounted gym memberships Pension contributions  
  • Annual travel pass and cycle to work schemes 
  • A volunteer day for all team members 
  • Access to a wide range of training programmes to help your career development


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