Principal Officer: Information and Quality Services
Vacancy Type:
Practice or Client:
Health and Safety Authority

The Organisation

The Health and Safety Authority (“the Authority”) is a public sector body established under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 and reports to the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Additional functions have been conferred on the Authority under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the Chemicals Acts 2008 and 2010 and other legislation.

The Authority is:

  • The national statutory body with responsibility for ensuring that over 2 million workers (employed and self-employed) and those affected by work activity are protected from work related injury and ill-health. The Authority does this by enforcing occupational health and safety law, promoting accident prevention, and providing information and advice across all sectors, including retail, healthcare, manufacturing, fishing, entertainment, mining, construction, agriculture and food services.
  • The lead National Competent Authority for a number of chemicals regulations including REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation and Seveso II Directive. Our responsibility in this area is to protect human health (general public, consumers and workers) and the environment, to enhance competitiveness and innovation and ensure free movement of chemicals in the EU market.
  • A key agency involved in market surveillance and ensuring the safety of products used in workplaces and consumer applications. The Authority has a remit to protect 4.5 million citizens from unsafe products and articles and to enable the international movement and trade of goods manufactured in Ireland.

The Position

The Authority is seeking applications for the position of Principal Officer; Information and Quality Services (“Principal Officer”).

The role requires the cross-functional management of four business units within the Authority namely ICT, Research & Statistics, Quality Assurance & Standards, and the Data Protection & Freedom of Information. The Principle Officer will play a pivotal role in integrating the work of these units and building the required synergies to deliver strategic and valuable data for the Authority and its stakeholders.

The role will require you to lead, motivate, support and develop the Authority’s Information Management functions in the development and implementation of function-specific strategies and core operations. The Principal Officer will be a member of the Authority’s Senior Management Team (SMT) and work, together with the SMT, to drive change within the organisation.

The successful candidate will combine significant experience in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technology and Business Intelligence with strong leadership, skills, strategic thinking and capability in business process design, analysis and architecture.

The Principal Officer’s key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide the leadership to implement the overall strategic management of data and information for the Authority including the technical and electronic data architecture while ensuring that all investments are controlled and linked to the overall business and shared services strategy;
  • Foster and maintain the Authority’s strong record in governance in line with evolving public sector and other best practice guidance and strategy;
  • Provide leadership to strengthen the information governance structures, oversee business continuity and ensure the Authority is compliant with a range of statutory obligations and public sector directives (e.g. Data Protection, FOI, Protected Disclosures, Ethics in Public Office, Open Data, Customer Service, Official languages, Human Rights and Equality Public Sector Duty, Risk Management, and Disaster Recovery);
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholder groups, including the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and report regularly on the ongoing management of compliance, oversight, risk and audit processes against agreed frameworks with respect to the role’s particular area of responsibility;
  • Provide appropriate briefings and reporting on strategic and operational matters to the Board of the Authority and its sub-committees.
  • Support the Executive Team as required including chairing or providing support to meetings of Committees, Working Groups or Project Teams and preparing draft briefing / position papers on new and emerging policy areas;
  • Together with the Head of Quality Assurance and Standards, the Principle Officer will oversee the development of a comprehensive quality assurance program to identify and propose solutions to process issues to support the continuous improvement of delivery under the Authority’s regulatory role;
  • Utilising resources with the Research and Statistics unit, the Principle Officer will develop the Authority’s internal research capacity and progress a data strategy in relation to compliance in occupational safety, health, welfare and the safe use of chemicals;
  • Work with business units and internal and external stakeholders in the implementation of innovative, efficient systems.

Further information

For further information visit and search Ref. HSA0120

All enquiries relating to this role should be directed to the Executive Recruitment Team by email to or by telephone on +353 (1) 449 4400.

Your application

Applications are to be submitted via the online portal on and must include:

1.    A cover letter (max. two A4 pages) outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and how your skills and experience meet the requirements for the position;

2.    A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant achievements and experience in your career to date.

Mazars will be managing all aspects of this recruitment project on behalf of the Authority.

No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to the Authority.

Deadline for applications: Monday 6th July at 5pm GMT.

The Authority is an equal opportunities employer.

Qualification Level:
Level 9
Required Experience:

The Person

The successful candidate will contribute effectively to Authority’s activities and decisions, as well as playing an important role in the strategy, governance and development of the organisation. The candidate will be a high calibre individual with demonstrated leadership and management qualities together with a proven track record of achievement in their career to date. The successful candidate will manage cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams across a number of locations in Ireland. The successful candidate will be an accomplished manager with visionary and leadership skills and the ability to integrate the work of cross-functional teams.

The appointee, as a member of the senior management team, in addition to having the capacity to carry out the duties listed, will be capable of discharging all aspects of the work of the Authority at Principal Officer level.

Essential Requirements

The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Qualification to a Masters/Post-Graduate Degree (NFQ Level 9);
  • Strategic leadership with a proven track record of consistent delivery of results at senior management level;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ significant professional experience and at an appropriate level, within a related a similar field;
  • Proven experience in implementing the strategic management of data and information to include the development and implementation of technical and electronic data architecture and alignment with overall business strategy.

Desirable Requirements

The following requirements are desirable; however, they are not essential:

  • Proven experience of communication, collaboration and influencing skills to drive change, develop collaborations and proactively communicate with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Public Sector including Public Sector governance and operating procedures;
  • Experience in managing cross-functional teams or experience in managing a portfolio of diverse projects;
  • Significant experience in operational/resource management;
  • Evidence of experience in building and maintaining enthusiastic, high-performing and motivated teams.
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