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Ipswich Town – Safety Officer Vacancy

Ipswich Town has advised us that MIck Warden, a greatly valued Safety Officer is about to retire and therefore a vacancy will be arising at Portman Road. Take a look –



Part-time, 26hours per week

£30,000 per annum

Based: Portman Road Stadium

Ipswich Town Football Club are seeking an individual with excellent knowledge of the Safety and Security fields for the role of Safety Officer for match days and events. This is a key appointment, and the successful candidate will have considerable proven experience in controlling crowds in stadia.

This role maintains primary responsibility on match and event days for the safety and security of spectators in the Stadium, working in partnership with Suffolk Police. They assume responsibilities on behalf of the Club and the Board for the provisions of the General Safety Certificate issued by Suffolk County Council and the Club’s Policy Statement on Spectator Safety.

The Safety Officer is responsible for ensuring all stewarding at the Stadium is organised and stewards are trained appropriately; and will co-ordinate, monitor and advise on all safety matters affecting the Stadium. They are the Club Liaison Officer with the Emergency Services and represents the interests of the Club at all Safety Advisory Group meetings of Suffolk County Council. They are also the Club representative in regular consultation with senior members of the Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and East of England Ambulance Service, Suffolk County Council and The Sports Ground Safety Authority on matters associated with the safety and security of spectators.

The Safety Officer is aware of the requirements of all Sports Grounds legislation, the Green Guide and other advisory documents, the Safety Certificate, the license issued by the Sports Ground Safety Authority and ensure compliance.

Skills and Requirements:

The successful candidate will have considerable experience in controlling crowds in stadia. They will hold a Level Four NVQ qualification in Spectator Safety or be working towards such a qualification. Additionally, be experienced in dealing with Health and Safety legislation and the subsequent Risk Assessment process thus ensuring the Club meets the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and related legislation.

They should also hold a NEBOSH qualification, or equivalent, or be prepared to undertake such courses.

Additionally they should have management experience and the ability to communicate effectively at the highest levels.

The Club:

Following the acquisition of Ipswich Town in April 2021, there has been major investment throughout the Club under the new Management Team. The Club is at the start of an exciting journey to return Ipswich Town to its former glories and with promotion(s) as the objectives, this role is a key appointment.

If you would like to join us a this most exciting time, please send your CV and covering letter to Stuart Hayton, Club Secretary Ipswich Town Football Club

Closing date for applications is 10th December 2021.

Safeguarding Statement

Ipswich Town Football Club is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all employees to share this commitment and promote the welfare of these groups. Applicants will be asked about any previous convictions, cautions, reprimands, including those that are considered ‘spent’ as defined by the Rehabilitation Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amended 2013). Appointment to this role is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check (with children’s barred list check) and references.

Equality Statement

The successful candidate must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relationships between all internal and external stakeholders.


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