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Fire Risk Assessor

Head Office/Support Centre

Health & Safety, Fire Risk Assessor 

South Division
Hybrid (1-2 days per week at our Support Centre)

About our culture


The Works is such a welcoming place to… well… work! Our atmosphere is supportive, friendly and inclusive. A second home-from-home where you can be your best and authentic you.

We’ve built an environment that’s busy, always moving, and full of energy. Yet we still make space to share must-watch TV recommendations and our favourite page-turners!

It’s the perfect place for people who know how to roll their sleeves up, get creative, and put their passion and imagination to work. If you’re the kind of person who is as ’crafty’, ‘caring’ and ‘can-do’ as we are, then this is the kind of culture for you.


About the role

The Fire Risk Assessor will oversee our Southern Division, which incorporates some 250+ retail stores across 13 areas; completing compliance audits and training our store teams

The ideal candidate would be based in Southern England and have good access to Birmingham where our head office is based.


Key Responsibilities


  • Undertake suitable and sufficient Health and Safety and Fire Risk Assessments (FRA’s), in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

  • Visit stores and compile fire risk assessment reports through an online portal system, highlighting potential hazards and to provide recommendations to reduce or eliminate risks from these hazards.

  • Fire risk assessment reports will, in most cases, be confined to the internal and external areas of our stores.

  • Completed fire risk assessments will be used by the Health and Safety Manager, maintenance team and Directors to initiate repairs, or any other procedures required, to ensure the stores remain a safe environment.

  • Apply relevant authoritative guidance from central government including PAS 79 and PAS 9980 plus the Fire Safety Act 2021 and the Building Regulations.

  • Escalate issues to the appropriate level if action is delayed or has not been delivered to the correct standard.

  • Complete H&S Audit & Inspections as appropriate and feedback to the store teams to complete their understanding so we can ensure the stores reach a very good level of compliance.

  • Be available and have confidence to liaise with enforcement authorities as and when required.

  • Carry out post incident/fire inspections & report on findings.

  • Are able to look at issues through a wider lens, ensuring our teams operate in a safe manner whilst educating them through discussion and demonstration of good practices.

 Essential requirements of Fire Risk Assessor:


  • Full UK driving Licence.
  • Recognised Fire Safety or Fire Risk Assessment qualification (minimum level 3 NEBOSH National certificate in Fire Safety or equivalent).
  • Full understanding of the current UK Fire Safety Legislation and the ability to interpret and use fire safety guidance documents, including PAS 79-1, PAS 9980, The Fire Safety Act 2021 and the Building Regulations
  • Have a working knowledge of Health & Safety legislation and its ability to apply to retail store practices and procedures
  • Able to compose written reports using MS Word & Excel programmes
  • Self-motivated and organised individual with excellent attention to detail and time management skills, along with the ability to fully explain requirements and the use of fire safety measures.
  • Willing and able to travel across the UK and Ireland
  • Experience of dealing with enforcement authorities, including fire enforcement officers and environmental health officers

 Desirable


  • Recognised H&S qualification
  • To have a personal listing on a current fire safety register (IFE/IFS/PFO/FRACS or equivalent approved body) or be willing to work towards such listing


Our PERKS really are ‘The Works’


  • 25% Colleague Discount!
    Plus, exclusive Double Discount days

  • MyWorks
    Exclusive online discounts across hundreds of retailers, holidays, utilities deals, tech and more!

  • Can-Do Academy
    Instant access to further training and development to help you grow with us and develop your career

  • Wagestream
    Claim early access to 50% of your wages as you earn them


  • Share Scheme
    Become a shareholder and own your very own piece of The Works!

  • 24/7 support for you and your family
    Through our Employee Assistance Programme and Retail Trust Partnerships; Gain free counselling, will-writing

  • Save As You Earn
    Save directly from your salary

  • Long Service Awards
    Cash, gifts, or holiday rewards

  • Recognition Awards
    For outstanding service, customer feedback, excellent sales and more!

  •  + Loads more!
    Holidays, Pension, Sick pay, Life assurance and optional charity giving

Our Purpose
To inspire reading, learning, creativity and play – making lives more fulfilled.

Our Values
We are Crafty | We are Caring | We are Can-do

A bit about The Works
We are working towards our ambition of becoming one of the most loved retailers in the UK and the go-to place for reading, learning, creativity and play. We believe in the importance of fun and fulfilment and taking time out to do the things you love.

With 525 stores nationwide and a strong multi-channel proposition, our mission is to offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience, built on core principles of value, variety and quality.

We’re super proud to be certified as two star ‘Outstanding to work for’ via Best Companies for three years running and a Sunday Times 2020 Top 25 Best Big Companies to work for.

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