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Audit & Compliance Manager

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Job Introduction

Here at Sodexo we are currently recruiting for an Audit & Compliance Manager with Hard FM expertise to work in collaboration with our segments on quality and compliance improvements. If you have experience of HSEQ within a FM environment we would love to hear from you. We are looking for a good strong communicator, someone with a passion for this work but who loves to work collaboratively and encourages engagement. The purpose of this role will be to provide assurance through monitoring, advising and guiding on compliance against Sodexo’s health, safety (inc. food safety), environment and quality policies and procedures as necessary. You will develop a Business Partner relationship with Segments to provide support; through audit and review you will identify ways to help segments drive compliance performance forward with robust action plans and flagging of lessons learnt to help the HSE Teams get the most from the audit and review process. 

Role Responsibility

  • Audit Sodexo’s operational activities against legislative requirements and Company health and safety, food safety, and quality policies and procedures to both areas of good practice and areas of non-compliance.
  • Assist the Head of Quality & Compliance in the development and management of the compliance audit process, but moreover execute that process to provide an accurate and timely assessment of compliance, capability and delivery with the operational (and functional) areas of the business.
  • As part of that design and management aspect, the post holder will be responsible for taking a holistic cross-Segment view of the operations within their geographical or Segment area and working with the Head of Quality & Compliance and the Segment Heads of HSE to agree the risk-based auditing approach.
  • Plan and advise on risk using evidence-based findings to reduce risk to the business. Utilise available data sources to make risk-based decisions enabling the post holder to manage identified risks appropriately.
  • Sample review accidents and incidents to verify the quality of the report and ensure a root cause has been identified as well as safety nets verified, and lessons learnt are clear to prevent recurrent. Work with the segments to advise on opportunities for improvement when identified via general review and test implementation at audit. 
  • Review Assessment of risk (AoR) audits / mobilisation undertaken by segments to verify the quality, content and timing is in line with Sodexo standards. Ensure any new risks are flagged with the SO HSEQ team as well as Segment. 
  • Produce documented action plans with solutions and ways to achieve compliance (or plan via IAM where deployed) for operators, which if followed would mitigate health, safety, environmental and quality risks. Monitor and report on closure within defined timeframes. 
  • Working as a team and through audit and review, recommend to the Heads of HSE and Food safety changes to Company HSEQ / food safety policies or procedures to keep the organisation legally compliant.
  • Undertake supply chain assurance audits of those businesses supplying Sodexo with goods and/or services to identify non-compliances and reduce risk exposure to Sodexo. 
  • Where required to aid learning / understanding, present and deliver training sessions for drop-in sessions to inform and instruct employees on the requirements of HSEQ to drive safety improvements.
  • Liaise with Legal team where required for any supporting legal related governance / regulatory reasons.
  • Apply and adopt a flexible approach in supporting the HSEQ Management Team.
  • Any other activities as deemed necessary to support Sodexo’s health and safety / food safety requirements.


The Ideal Candidate


  • Strong knowledge and practiced application of HSEQ within hard FM is essential.
  • Interpersonal skills combined with high accuracy during audit and investigation work and feedback processes, whether written or verbal.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills in particular presentation of technical or non-technical information.
  • Proficient in IT applications such as MS Outlook, MS Excel and MS Word.
  • Full UK driving licence and fully mobile to travel extensively to the Sodexo premises within their patch, and beyond as required. 
  • Relevant Safety, Quality, Environmental qualification, diploma or above preferred. 
  • Member of relevant professional body, for example: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM), Chartered Quality Institute (CQI.)
  • Knowledge and practiced application of food hygiene and health and safety legislation in UK, Scotland, Wales and Ireland is preferred but not essential.


Package Description

£40,000pa - £45,000pa + bonus and great benefits

Location: Home based in the North of England but with regular travel and overnight stays


Work Pattern – 40hrs pw Monday to Friday

We also offer Sodexo Discounts site promoting discounted mobile phone tariffs, savings across restaurant chains and days out, where you and your family can save money on everything from your weekly food shop to the latest cinema blockbuster and much more!

About the Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs around 30,000 people, and partners with clients in many sectors across business and industry; schools and universities; sports and leisure; energy and resources; government and agencies; healthcare; justice and defence.

Sodexo’s connected; people-centric approach brings together a diverse range of expertise. The breadth of services it offers ranges from food and hospitality; cleaning; reception; concierge (Circles); security; property management and technical services through to data driven workplace strategy and design (Wx); employee engagement and recognition services (Sodexo Engage) and personal home services through Prestige Nursing + Care and the Good Care Group.  

Vital Spaces is Sodexo’s value proposition that puts people at the heart of everything we do, bringing together services and solutions and focusing on the productivity and wellbeing of people wherever they are.

Sodexo is committed to being an inclusive employer; we welcome and encourage applications from people with a diverse variety of experiences, backgrounds and identities.

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations. 

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process


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