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Deputy Safety Officers Required at Swindon Town

Noel Jeffs, Safety Officer at Swindon Town is looking for some Deputies to assist him on match days.

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Swindon Town FC are an EFL League Two club who are looking to engage a number of
deputy safety officers to join a pool to work alongside the safety officer on a rotation basis
on matchdays.
The County Ground comprises four stands and has a capacity of over 15,000 with the
average attendance during the 2021/22 season being around 9,000 with the highlight
being a capacity crowd for the match against Manchester City in the third round of the
Emirates FA Cup in January 2022.
The stadium facilities have undergone a considerable amount of upgrading since the new
owner took control of the Club in July 2022 and more changes are planned for the future.
The Club is an equal opportunities employer.
Role Profile
Job Title: Deputy Safety Officer
Reporting to: Safety Officer
Responsible for: The crowd safety and security teams to include crowd safety stewards,
door supervisors, medical and first aid personnel.
Job Purpose:
To provide management support to the safety officer and deputise for him/her in the
unlikely event that he/she is unavailable.
To ensure ongoing compliance with the Club’s Safety Certificate and implementation of
the Ground Regulations on matchdays

Key accountabilities
The Deputy Safety Officer will provide support on matchdays and non-matchdays as and
when required to include but not limited to:
a. Familiarisation
Gain an understanding and working knowledge of the:
Ø Stadium layout and facilities
Ø Operation of life safety systems including the ticketing, automatic fire detection and
public address systems, generator back up etc.
b. Operations Manual
Gain an understanding and working knowledge of the management systems and
procedures contained in the Club’s Operations Manual to include but not limited to:
Ø Risk register
Ø Ground Regulations
Ø Match day DOT plans and roles and responsibilities of crowd safety and security
Ø Steward training
Ø Safeguarding including children, vulnerable and disabled fans
Ø Ticketing policy
Ø Medical and first aid management systems and procedures
Ø Contingency plans
Ø Emergency evacuation procedures
c. Matchday planning and delivery
To include but not limited to assisting the safety officer to maintain compliance with the
terms of the Safety Certificate and the implementation of the Ground Regulations to
include but not limited to:
Ø Assist with matchday planning processes including the development of the matchday
briefing documents.
Ø Attend, and on occasions deliver, pre-match and matchday briefings, and hold postmatch hot /departmental debriefs.
Ø Assist the safety officer with the management of the control room team.
Ø Carry out any specific duties as instructed.
Ø Implement the Control Room Action Plan in consultation with the safety officer.
Ø Assist with the continuous evaluation and enhancement of matchday crowd safety and
security management systems and procedures.
Ø Liaise and coordinate responses to issues and incidents notified by the licensing
authority, the police, SWAST or fire service


d. Safety Advisory Group (SAG) Meetings
Attend the virtual SAG meetings as required.
e. Close season
To assist the safety officer:
Ø With the development and delivery of table to exercises to be held with the emergency
services and the Club’s crowd safety and security teams.
Ø To develop and deliver training initiatives to support matchday operational
Ø To review and update the Operations Manual.
Minimum: NVQ Level 4 Spectator Safety or equivalent
Optional: H&S qualification
Relevant experience and knowledge
At least two (2 years) preferably working as a safety or deputy safety officer at a football
Working knowledge of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds and supplementary
guidance including, but not limited to, carrying out P and S Factor Assessments.
Risk management
Experience in the development of generic, match specific and conducting dynamic risk
assessments to include implementing risk control/mitigation measures.
An understanding and experience in the management of residual risks.
Safeguarding Statement
Swindon Town is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and
expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment. This post requires Enhanced
Criminal Records Checks and may include checks against the Barred Lists, as such it is
exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Therefore, all convictions including
spent convictions that have not been subject to filtering by the DBS should be declared.
Relevant information and / or documents will be distributed as part of the recruitment

Equality Statement
Swindon Town FC is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment and is
proud to be an equal opportunities employer. Qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or belief(s), gender,
gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or with
regard to pregnancy or maternity.
Please send a covering letter with a copy of your CV to:
Closing date: Friday 18th March 2022


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