Nuclear Safety Inspector - Internal Hazards

  • Job Reference: 100252
  • Date Posted: 2 July 2024
  • Recruiter: Office for Nuclear Regulation
  • Location: Bootle/Cheltenham/London with flexible working options
  • Salary: £80,670 to £96,883
  • Bonus/Benefits: generous employers’ pension contribution to the civil service pension
  • Sector: Consulting & Corporate Strategy, Engineering, Government & Defence, Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

 The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is an evolving public corporation. Essentially, we’re responsible for shaping and delivering regulation of nuclear safety, nuclear site health and safety, security, safeguards and transport of radioactive materials. As a Nuclear Safety Inspector specialising in Internal Hazards, you’ll have a vital role to play in our unique organisation: ensuring nuclear plant designs and operations adequately consider the whole range of potential internal hazards, and duty holders provide suitable measures to prevent them, and to protect plant against their effects.


The role

Working within our Nuclear Internal Hazards and Site Safety specialism, you’ll consider hazards (to plant or safety related structures) that originate within the site boundary and are due to initiating events over which the site operator has some form of control. Internal hazards include internal fire, flooding, explosions, dropped loads, pipe whip, jet impact, internal missiles, to name just a few. It’s an exceptional opportunity to gain a broad insight into the work of ONR, as you take part in multi-disciplinary assessments and interventions alongside experts from across ONR divisions and specialisms. Day to day, you’ll be engaging with Generic Design Assessment (GDA) requesting parties and licensees, assessing from Small Modular Reactor (SMR) designs, to nuclear reactors in construction and operation, and spent fuel and waste storage facilities. Literally, any type of nuclear installation. You will also be undertaking inspections and recommending regulatory action to ensure compliance with the law, giving sound advice to colleagues on how internal hazards can threaten nuclear safety, and on the adequacy of measures put in place to prevent radiological consequences.


The person  

Committed to public safety, you’ll want to ensure nuclear plants are resilient to hazards during their entire lifecycle. Effective judgement and decision-making skills are key, along with the ability to apply logical reasoning and understand strategic impacts. With your knowledge and experience in the analysis of fire and other internal hazards, together with safety cases and nuclear plant designs, you’ll bring professional and technical credibility, enabling you to influence and persuade dutyholders. In addition to this background, you’ll have a degree level qualification in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, or a related discipline, together with chartered membership of a relevant professional institution, or the ability to demonstrate performance and experience at an equivalent professional level. However, people skills are just as important, so you must be an excellent communicator who can collaborate with colleagues, and engage effectively with duty holders and other organisations, nationally and internationally.


The rewards

We offer competitive salaries at the ONR, with this role attracting a salary of £80,670 - £96,883 plus an additional £4,194 London Weighting Allowance if applicable. Furthermore, you’ll be eligible for a substantial Civil Service Pension scheme (including ill-health retirement and lump sum family benefits), and generous holiday entitlement. Plus an additional £4,194 London Weighting Allowance (if applicable)


About us

ONR is a Public Corporation with a mission to protect society by securing safe nuclear operations. Our staff are drawn from a wide range of professional backgrounds with specialist inspectors to deliver our core business including chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear physics, civil engineering, radiological protection and human factors. Together they’re involved in everything from assessing safety cases, inspecting nuclear sites and communicating our decisions, to training new recruits and representing the UK and ONR nationally and internationally.



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