A day in the life of… Ruth Pirie QHSE Manager

In a new series, we’ll bring you a snapshot of what our expert and committed team gets up to on a daily basis. First up is our QHSE Manager Ruth Pirie.

Ruth has been involved with QHSE for 15 years including three and a half years at JFSE following five years at our sister business James Fisher Offshore. She is based at our Oldmeldrum headquarters and leads on all of our quality and health and safety requirements.


What is your favourite thing about your role?

My favourite part of this job is definitely the variety. It is a diverse role and I work with a great team here in Oldmeldrum and across the globe. There is never a dull day.

I enjoy working with JFSE. I have had the opportunity to develop as a QHSE professional and achieved my Chartered Membership of IOSH two years ago. I have also benefitted from developing the Lead Auditor programme for ISO 9001:2015.


Tell us about a typical day?

There’s no such thing as typical in QHSE! And that’s why I love it. I can have a ‘to-do’ list as long as my arm but all it takes is one email or phone call and it just gets pushed to the side. I may have a whole pile of certificates to process but if a client wants a risk assessment or QHSE plan completed that takes priority. My job can be quite reactive a lot of the time.

My typical morning usually involves getting my first cup of tea of the day after a busy start to the day getting the kids set for school and the childminder. So, I take a little time to sit and go through my emails to check whether there are any urgent requests from clients or colleagues.  With bases around the globe, I often find that between powering down the night before and coming in the next morning there has been lots happening in the different time zones so there are usually a few activities to action first thing.

After that my day can depend on what else is happening around the business. If it’s the start of the month, I will have statistics to process or reports to write. We may have prequalification questionnaires to complete or QHSE plans to write. I also work with the offshore teams to process observation cards or discuss their projects. Much of my time is spent auditing our projects teams to make sure they are following our processes and procedures, following up on any actions and implementing improvements.


Read more about our latest QHSE accreditations

For more information about our QHSE practices, contact Ruth