Nuclear Safety Principal Inspectors

Posting Date: 15 January 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Nuclear Safety Principal Inspector


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Location: Devonport, Plymouth

About the role

Babcock has created a new Independent Nuclear Oversight function within the Assurance directorate, which means that we are looking for Principal Inspectors to join on a permanent, full time basis. This is a new function within the business unit and is key to delivering the business’ internal regulatory activities.

As a Principal Inspector, you will deliver independent oversight of nuclear related activities promoting behaviours that encourage constructive challenge, you will provide independent advice and guidance to the Chair of the Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited and the wider business. You will ensure effective interface with external regulators and internal stakeholders in relation to nuclear, radiological, conventional, environmental, fire and security of nuclear and hazardous materials matters for facilities across the Devonport site. Reporting to the Head of Independent Nuclear Oversight, you will be responsible for delivering the oversight programme.

In addition to this, you will lead the independent assessment of the business’ emergency arrangements exercise programme; in the event of an onsite emergency, you will act as an independent member at the various Devon and Cornwall Police Command Centres providing advice, as required, and ensuring that the chain of custody for records is maintained. You will be involved in site investigations and use defined escalation routes including management reviews, taking enforcement action as necessary depending on the specific circumstances. You will also further develop team capability and act as a role model for health and safety behaviours whilst actively participating in the visible leadership programme.  

What do I need to do in the role?

To be successful in the role, you will have relevant, recent experience in the nuclear regulatory field including extensive experience in implementing, advising or regulating HSSE arrangements including Nuclear Site Licence Conditions (LC) and Authorised Site Licence Conditions (AC) compliance, you will have the ability to think independently to identify trends, behaviours and insights that could improve safety performance and you will have strong analytical skills to support critical reviews of performance.

Additional qualities and competencies:

  • Clear, concise communications skills, written and verbal;
  • Ability to build relationships and team working at all levels to establish networks and use them for influencing;
  • Skill and tenacity to deliver complex and occasionally unwelcome messages under possible challenging situations;
  • Track record of regulatory engagement would be an advantage.
  • Detailed knowledge of LCs and ACs and how they are complied with on site.
  • Personal drive and determination, but capable of delivering sound judgements often in a pressurised environment;
  • An influential, persuasive and diplomatic approach to achieving objectives, emotionally resilient  and be able to get the job done in difficult circumstances
  • 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.


In addition, qualifications required:

  • Chartered membership of a relevant professional institution or able to demonstrate performance and / or experience at an equivalent professional level
  • 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
    About Babcock International and Devonport
    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.
    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.
    We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.
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