Project Manager – Risk & safety management

Join the team at SCHQ

Secret Compass is a Bristol-based risk management and expedition company, our ambitious projects seek to achieve the extraordinary in the world’s wildest places

We are lucky to support a growing slate of TV and Film projects across the world spanning the breaking news, drama, natural history, reality TV and factual genres. Over the last decade we have also completed world-first trekking, packrafting and mountain biking expeditions across the globe, in locations as diverse as South Sudan, North Korea, Afghanistan, DRC and Panama’s infamous Darien Gap. 

As the company continues to grow, Secret Compass is recruiting additional Project Managers – Risk and Safety Management, to assist us in delivering our growing portfolio of work across our range of projects.

Outline of role

The successful candidates will be an integral part of the Secret Compass Operations Team, focused on the delivery of high quality, professional support across a wide range of varied projects, both in the TV and Film sphere, and with our Team Expeditions. This will involve working with the wider Secret Compass team in assessing projects, developing and reviewing risk assessments, safety plans and supporting our clients to successfully achieve their goals. 

Key areas of responsibility.

  • Project Management. You will be working on a portfolio of projects across our broad spectrum of work. This will predominantly be with TV risk management, but also our team expeditions, bespoke adventures, and brand projects. You will be involved in delivering high quality support focusing on risk and safety management, across all of our business phases. 
  • Risk Documentation. With guidance and support of the Project Lead, you will be heavily involved in the development and review of Risk Assessments, Safety Plans and other key documentation. You will need to work collaboratively and in conjunction with your fellow project managers, consultants, leaders and wider operations team.
  • Project Delivery. Where required, help to deliver the necessary preparation, logistics and admin support for any project, anywhere in the world.

The successful candidate will ideally have experience of writing risk management paperwork within the outdoor, security or military sectors. This is not your traditional approach to Project Management – we don’t mind if you haven’t got professional PM qualifications. We are looking for candidates with experience in understanding environmental, safety and security risks. 

This role requires a dynamic, fast moving, adaptable individual who takes a positive, solution-oriented approach to problem solving. Good report writing and a studious attention to detail is essential for the role and we are particularly looking for candidates who are highly organised and efficient, with excellent time management skills. In addition, the candidate will be personable, flexible, team focused and have a willingness to be client-facing.

On-the-ground experience and understanding of the type of projects we deliver is desirable for this role. This could be from the expedition, TV and Film or security sectors and we welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds. Similarly candidates who have professional or personal experience of, or interest in, working in remote outdoor environments or of the outdoor industry would be of interest. A working knowledge of ISO31000 and/or BS8848 is also advantageous but not essential.

Life at SCHQ

We’re a fun team at SCHQ, we’re busy, with sections of the company spanning the adventure travel, TV and film, risk management, creative production and magazine industries, there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ day.

The dog-friendly office is situated in South Bristol within walking distance of shops, town and a park with many of the team choosing to walk or cycle to work – not exactly a hardship in the South-West’s adventure capital and ‘Best Place to Live in the UK’!

Our informal office is populated by ‘outdoorsy-types’ with hobbies ranging from climbing to cycling, horse riding to hiking, and surfing to skiing – and our annual staff days out often reflect these interests with previous trips including coasteering, SUPing and a mountain-bike pub crawl.  

Key benefits include:

  • Competitive salary dependent on experience 
  • Comprehensive onboarding and training programme including CPD opportunities
  • 20 days leave (increasing each year) plus bank holidays and Christmas close-down
  • Generous staff expedition policy and kit discounts
  • Pension, cycle to work scheme and options to request specific benefits
  • Relaxed dress-code, dog-friendly office, in-house bar, unlimited tea, coffee and strange international concoctions

This role will be open until Tuesday 31 January 2023, however, we may close recruitment early for the right applicant. Interviews for those selected will take place in February. Once the application process has closed, we will be in touch with candidates to let you know of any next steps. 

Apply HERE