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UKAEA: Principal Safety Case Engineer

| Culham, Oxfordshire


Principal Safety Case Engineer
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
Salary: £70,875 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
Confirmed Grade: Level 6*
Department: Office of Chief Engineers

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs.

UKAEA leads the way in realising fusion energy, partnering with industry and research for ground-breaking advancements. Our goal is to bring fusion electricity to the grid, supported by tomorrow's power stations. In pursuit of our mission, UKAEA embraces core values: Innovative, Committed, Trusted, and Collaborative.

Job Description

As an employee of UKAEA you will benefit from:

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, details of which can be found at the end of this advert.
- Corporate bonus scheme up to 7% and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
- Flexible working options including family friendly policies.
- Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders.
- Generous annual leave allowance starting with 25 days, plus 3 days Christmas closure and 2.5 privilege days, in addition to UK bank holidays.
- Wide range of career development opportunities.
- A vibrant culture committed to equality and being fully inclusive.

This role requires employees to complete an online Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), including The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks for criminal convictions.

The Role

The Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) provides technical governance for the full lifecycle of all UKAEA’s engineering activities, providing this to the Engineering Authority is important in realising effective, safe technical outcomes. This role is based within the Safety Case Engineering Group under the Engineering Authority strand of the OCE. The Safety Case Engineering Group is responsible for the production of all of UKAEA’s safety cases and is pivotal in the assessment of high hazard operations with both a radiological and non-radiological hazards.

Join our team and contribute to the advancement of fusion energy. As the Principal Safety Case Engineer, your responsibilities will include developing, offering and improving assessing modifications to safety cases across a number of facilities for both radiological and non-radiological hazards. Additionally, you will advise on strategies for the development of safety cases for both new and existing facilities, ensuring their fit-for-purpose and timely submission in alignment with UKAEA’s program, while also ensuring regulatory compliance.

In this position, you will take proactive steps to influence, communicate, transfer knowledge, and coach the desired safety culture for UKAEA Safety Cases. You will also champion the integration of safety cases with technical changes, as well as benchmark and expand the Authority to stay abreast of emerging industry trends.

If you can effectively balance attention to detail and a broader perspective as needed, while consistently delivering work of high quality and compliance standards, we encourage you to get in touch with us.

Additional Responsibilities

- Lead continual improvement to ensure UKAEA Safety Cases align with licenced sites and industry best practice
- Advise on identification, competency requirements, and appointment of safety-related roles
- Provide scrutiny and expert advice on Safety Case development and maintenance for UKAEA Facilities
- Represent UKAEA externally in impactful industrial forums, seeking contacts and influence to enhance Safety Case activities and organisational standing in the wider community


Essential Requirements

- Degree level in Science or Engineering (or equivalent experience).
- Extensive experience in producing Safety Cases ideally for nuclear or other high hazard facilities.
- Trained in HAZAN, FMECA, and Safety Case Writing and/or safety case modifications.
- Proficient in relevant industry regulations, collaborating with Human Factors and Engineering Substantiation specialists.
- Skilled in performing Design Basis Analysis (DBA) and Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA).

Additional Information

For a full list of benefits and to apply, select the apply button to be taken through to the UKAEA careers pages.

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, and women. Our Executive team, supported by our 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, actively promotes EDI and takes steps to increase diversity within our organization. We reinforce best practices in recruitment and selection and evaluate approaches to remove barriers to success.

Please note that vacancies are generally advertised for 4 weeks but may close earlier if we receive a large number of applications.

For applicants applying from outside the United Kingdom or those who have spent time outside the UK in the last five years, please visit the UK Government website for information on criminal records checks. If your country of residence or previous residence is not listed on the website or if the UK Government does not have information on obtaining a criminal records check from that state, we regret to inform you that we cannot process your application.

Closing date: 12 April 2024