Nuclear Safety Inspector

Posting Date: 15 January 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL2 2BG

Company: Babcock

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Nuclear Safety Inspector
Devonport, Plymouth

About the role

We’re looking for a Nuclear Safety Inspector to join us at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. We’re a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure that the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by supporting them in Devonport and around the world, delivering complex ship and submarine sustainment programmes and applying our core strengths of technology and expertise to sustain critical and complex assets to help maintain national security.
We are creating a new Independent Nuclear Oversight function within the Business Assurance Directorate.


Reporting to Principal Inspector, Inspectors are responsible for delivering their part of the Oversight programme, and supporting Principal Inspectors and Senior Inspectors as required. This is a new function which is key to delivering our internal regulation activities.


The role is a full-time, permanent position based at Devonport, Plymouth.


Main Purpose of Role
Key duties include
• Provision of independent oversight of nuclear related activities, promoting attitudes and behaviours that encourage constructive challenge.
• Reporting of findings to the INO Principal Inspectors / the Head of Independent Nuclear Oversight (HINO)
• Providing support Principal and/or Senior Inspectors relation to nuclear, radiological, conventional, environmental, environmental permitting, fire and, security of nuclear and hazardous materials matters for facilities across the DRDL site
• To assess activities against Leadership and Management for Safety (LMfS) requirements on an ongoing basis to support the Devonport site LMfS of DRDL’s Management of Safety
• To support site investigations into events that may lead to enforcement action as directed by the Executive Committee or Board
• To expedite the close-out of INO raised NCRs and Investigation Findings, utilising escalation of enforcement action as appropriate.


What do I need to do the role?
You will require relevant recent experience in the nuclear regulatory field including detailed knowledge of LCs and ACs and how they are complied with on site.
In addition the following qualities are required:

• Personal drive and determination, but capable of delivering sound judgements often in a pressurised environment;
• An influential and persuasive approach to achieving objectives, emotionally resilient – able to get the job done in difficult circumstances and;
• The ability to work as part of a team, particularly within a programme management environment, to effectively plan, prioritise and be forward thinking with good investigative ability.



• A degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate scientific or engineering subject
• National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health Diploma
• Nuclear Practitioner course Modules 1 to 4 (desirable) or Nuclear Warship Support Course (desirable)
• Qualification or significant experience in auditing and investigations at Business Unit, Company or Corporate level
• Lead Auditors Course
• Lead Investigator Course


This role is based at Devonport Royal Dockyard which is located in the vibrant city of Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England. Plymouth is a city with a long and proud military history and more than its fair share of heritage. There is something for everyone here; from a superb coastline if you are a water sports enthusiast or Dartmoor National Park if you enjoy hiking and climbing, or simply enjoy the fantastic scenery. For a great night out we have the historic Barbican area with its wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.


About Babcock International

For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.

We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme.  You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.


About Devonport

You will be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, Devon. Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such a desirable place to live and work.


Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme.


Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here.

Application Guidance
If you are currently employed by Babcock, please let your line manager know that you’re applying for this vacancy.  You should also let them know if you are attending an interview or assessment for a role.

Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date so you may wish to keep a copy of this advert and any supporting documents for your records.


We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. 


If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and we will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.


Closing date: 16/10/2019


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