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Job Description for SDA Nuclear Safety Engineer

Engineering is the largest business function in our organisation – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. Because it’s only by delivering the most advanced, battle-winning technology that we can keep those on the front line at the top of their game. That’s why we stay inventive and create positive change, with a strong focus on sustainable sourcing and minimising environmental impact too. Ready to make an impact that matters to the nation?

You’ll benefit from plenty of opportunities for development, access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications, and a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women in Engineering Network, Parents Network, Race & Culture Network, Neuro Inclusivity Network – and many more. We recognise that the best people for the job may have commitments outside of work, so we’re pleased to promote flexible working to support our colleagues in balancing work and home life.

The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) has an exciting career opportunity for an eager Engineer to join our team. You will be joining as a Nuclear Safety Engineer, championing equipment and engineering safety for our Armed Forces. You will have direct contact and consultation with senior management, will impact across multiple facets of the SDA and will gain unrivalled exposure to engineering disciplines and progressive opportunities in engineering.

In the role of Nuclear Safety Engineer, you will support the Lifecycle Phase 4 (LCP4) Authorisee, who is responsible for nuclear weapons safety in submarines at sea. The LCP4 team provides safety policy and oversees the work of civilian and military personnel in the LCP4 area, which includes management of nuclear weapon safety at sea and assuring compliance on board the UK Nuclear Deterrent submarine force.

This is an opportunity to join an integrated team of highly skilled professionals, where you will help ensure the platforms, systems and equipment we deliver to the UK military front-line are safe and prepared to perform. You will be working in a team that procures, supports and enhances a wide range of military platforms, systems and equipment, getting up-close and personal with elite submarine systems, overseeing engineering challenges unique to this industry and significantly impacting project/programme success.

If you’re passionate about Engineering, defence of the United Kingdom and making positive contributions towards a safe and sustainable future, this could be the career for you!

Please note some attendance to the stated site may be required for this position.

We strongly recommend tailoring your CV in line with our CV guidance before applying, with specific sections to highlight Key Achievements, Relevant Experience, and Applied Skills & Knowledge.

Responsibilities for SDA Nuclear Safety Engineer

In these roles, you will be equipping, supplying, and supporting the Royal Navy with battle winning weapons and ammunition, maintaining the Submarine for continuous at Sea deterrent through safe operational support and environmental protection. You will also be responsible for the following:
• Contributing to the development and maintenance of policy and process, to satisfy DE&S/SDA corporate standards for delivering and supporting safety management
• Supporting the development and management of safety management systems at project level
• Providing specialist advice on product safety and systems safety matters to relevant stakeholders, ensuring safety considerations are correctly considered, defined and implemented
• Using your knowledge and experience of key safety information to develop and create bodies of evidence for safety cases
• Working with colleagues of all levels, to ensure compliance with relevant UK and EU legislation and regulations, MOD regulations and DE&S/SDA policy
• Regular travel within the UK, including AWE Aldermaston and HMNB Clyde
• Occasional need to go on-board submarines when in harbour (requiring climbing up and down ladders and being comfortable within an enclosed environment)

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• Hold a HNC (e.g., Level 4 or higher) qualification in a relevant engineering or science discipline, or have equivalent relevant experience
• Have experience in the use of system safety management tools & processes
• Have experience in the provision of safety or technical advice
It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Experience working in a regulated industry (e.g., oil & gas, defence, nuclear, maritime, rail, or similar)
In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

• Complies with Sys Safety requirements
• Technical Decision Making
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Discover more about what we offer in our Little Book of Big Benefits. Find out more about our pension schemes.

We’re exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we particularly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and people from LGBT communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together.

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SDA Nuclear Safety Engineer


£32,500 – £35,000 per annum (plus benefits)

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Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



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