Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Construction Area EHS Manager

Employment type:  Full time


Fully flexible hours

Job Description


Microsoft Cloud Operations + Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers Microsoft's cloud services. The team is responsible for designing, building and operating our unified global datacenters; managing the demand planning and capacity utilization of our unified infrastructure; and all of the operations needed to run the physical infrastructure (including supply chain, hardware, power, security, and workflow teams). We focus on smart growth with an emphasis on automation, data driven engineering, cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability.

We deliver the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's over 200 online businesses including Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive and the Microsoft Azure platform. Our infrastructure is comprised of a large global portfolio of more than 160 datacenters and 2 million servers. Our portfolio is built and managed by a team of subject matter experts working 24x7x365 to support services for more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in over 90 countries worldwide.

We are looking for an Construction EHS Area Manager who will be CO+I’s representative for safety, supporting of the Site Acquisition, Datacenter Execution and Engineering business groups in the UK region. This encompasses EHS factors associated with facility location analysis, design, construction, and commissioning for owned and leased assets, and may include processes for:

  • Construction and Contractor Safety
  • Safety in Design
  • Environmental in Design and Construction
  • Facility location analysis for EHS

This is a highly influential position reporting to the Regional Director, Construction and Design Safety. Position location is in the UK, within daily travel to the greater London area. (This is not a remote working position)

The Area EHS Manager must be an experienced and recognized technical expert in Construction and Design Safety, to include incorporation of safety into business and project management processes. His/her mission is to assist program safety leads, business line Regional Directors, and Project Managers with advancing safety programs and culture for both the lease and build portfolios. This will be achieved through development, implementation and execution of corporate and business line safety procedures, training, and safety leadership mentorship. S/he will monitor risks, trends and leading/lagging metrics, then develop reports and management review content that will be used to drive accountability and action. There will be extensive interaction with a diverse range of business partners, peers and stakeholders inside and outside of the company.

The span and complexity of our activities requires advanced knowledge and technical specialization in construction and design safety management to recognize and control risks.


  • Work with leaders, staff and contractors at all levels and in multiple cultures to implement effective solutions.
  • Drive supplier safety performance through safety leadership engagement, collaborative forums, and contractual assurance actions.
  • Evaluate EHS risks during site selection, design, construction, and commissioning activities and ensure actions are taken to mitigate risks.
  • Work with business partners and peer EHS teams to ensure the transition from datacenter delivery to datacenter operations is smooth and risks are adequately mitigated.
  • Drive a standardized and harmonized approach across datacenter activities to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Present on a regular basis to various leadership teams.
  • Interface with local, national and international regulatory agencies on safety issues.
  • Interpret safety standards and regulatory requirements to assure compliance and aggressive management of risk.
  • Establish risk mitigation goals and develop metrics, dashboards and/or scorecards to track/communicate/drive progress.
  • Analyze leading & lagging safety metrics and communicate results to leadership to drive action and accountability.
  • Provide training to staff.
  • Carry out routine safety program, project, and contractor audits.
  • Perform and participate in incident investigations.



Education: A University/Bachelor's degree or equivalent level of degree in science, engineering or related Safety/SHE discipline/degree is required.

Experience: Significant experience in Construction and Design Safety is required, with demonstrated knowledge and experience controlling the broad spectrum of safety risks.

  • The successful candidate will have a strong record of accomplishment preventing injuries, developing/implementing robust processes and management systems, and in building productive collaborative relationships with internal/external business partners.
  • The successful candidate will be a strong communicator & influencer who is credible, self-assured and highly capable of negotiating successful outcomes with key business leaders…...while at the same time being flexible to different approaches and changing business priorities.
  • The successful candidate will have strong technical skills and the ability to describe and write complex issues/requirements in a clear and concise manner. S/he will apply previous learning and ideas to new situations, projects and teams, developing creative solutions to manage risk. S/he will demonstrate strong business acumen that includes experience working with business partners at various levels and functions.
  • Excellent communication and project management skills are required, including the ability to lead teams, produce and maintain timelines, manage multiple commitments and assemble project information into clear, concise written reports.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Company benefits

Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Gym membership
Mental health platform access
Buy or sell annual leave
Shared parental leave
Matched pension contribution
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Fertility treatment leave
Open to compressed hours
Open to job sharing
Fertility benefits
Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced sick days
Compassionate leave
Travel insurance
20 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Childcare credits
Carer’s leave
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Annual bonus
Annual pay rises
Company car
Open to part-time employees
Pregnancy loss leave
Life insurance
Equity packages
Financial coaching
Relocation packages
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

Working at Microsoft UK

Company employees

Globally: 220,000

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Reading, Cambridge, Romsey, Manchester, Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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