General Foreman- Site Safety

Posting Date: 28 November 2019

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, GB, OX14 3DB

Company: Cavendish-Nuclear

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General Foreman- Site Safety

Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

REF: SF27340


About the role


As the General Foreman you will be working within the Cavendish Nuclear team onsite in the Culham Science Centre. Cavendish Nuclear supply mechanical and electrical, control and instrumentation, piping, civil engineering, process and building services and robotics to various facilities within the Culham Science Centre. This is a really interesting and complex site that offers the opportunity to be able develop your knowledge further as new facilities continue to expand.


As the General Foreman you will report to the site manager and ensure that all suitable records of progress are produced and submitted to the site manager. You will help to allocate site labour and resources to work with the needs of the project. You will be delivered in recording and delivering weekly toolbox talks, ensuring that all Cavendish Nuclear and Agency personnel are aware of and sign all relevant method statements and risk assessments.

Your role will also involve;

  • Record any problems encountered during the site works and notify the Site Manager of the details at the earliest opportunity.
  • Ensure compliance by Cavendish Nuclear personnel with the requirements of the relevant method statement and associated documents and related legislation.
  • Communicate with all levels of labour under his/her control on any aspect of the company’s business which may be appropriate.
  • Promote communications between those under his/her control and other groups on the site in order to ensure the site is working in a most efficient and effective manner possible.
  • Liaise and communicate with the client and/or contractor on any aspects that are appropriate.
  • Ensure that only suitable qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) are used for the work in hand.
  • Ensure that suitable Risk Assessment (including the Point of Work Risk Assessment) have been carried out, prior to commencement of work, in accordance with the requirements of the appropriate, site specific Health, Safety and Environmental and Welfare Plan (HSEW plan)


What do I need to do the role?

  • Qualifications and Experience,
    HNC (or equivalent) in Engineering or ONC with an approved apprenticeship,
    Ideally, 10 years experience, over a range of Engineering topics, in a supervisory role,
    IOSH Managing Safely
    HNC (or equivalent) in Engineering or ONC with an approved apprenticeship,
  • Experience, over a range of Engineering topics, in a supervisory role,
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • Good people skills to communicate with all personnel onsite and ensure they are working safely.

What else do I need to know?


  • All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK and be subject to satisfactory security clearance which includes 3 years reference checks. Verification of any qualifications/passport/licences must be shown at interview stage.
  • The working hours are Mon- Thurs: 7.30am- 4.30pm and Friday: 7.30am- 12pm.


About Cavendish Nuclear

For more than a century, Babcock has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering Cavendish Nuclear brings together much of the UK’s rich nuclear heritage to create one of the largest specialist nuclear services organisations, at home and abroad.

Our heritage dates back to the earliest days of nuclear research and development.

Cavendish Nuclear is licensed to operate thirteen nuclear sites in the UK, we are strategic partners to EDF Energy on the lifetime extensions of their fleet and work with Hitachi to deliver a new fleet of nuclear power plant.

Our expertise in the design and build of waste treatment facilities, together with our experience of waste management and fuel-handling, makes us a key supplier at Sellafield and other NDA sites.

With a highly-skilled workforce circa 6,000 we are located at offices and sites in the UK as well as internationally and are trusted to deliver the highest standards of safety, quality, security and environmental protection for our customers.

The breadth of our expertise means we are able to offer unrivalled experience and specialist knowledge across all aspects of the nuclear energy life cycle, from design and build, through operations and maintenance, to decommissioning, waste management and remediation.

We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group. As one of four Sectors in the Group, our growth aspirations are to take Cavendish Nuclear from a £700m revenue company to a £1bn revenue business by 2022.

Our business is founded on the three cornerstones of safety, people and performance - zero harm, one inclusive culture and 100% delivery on our promises. Our mission is simple and drives our behaviour in everything that we do:

“Cavendish Nuclear - People who innovate to make nuclear safer, faster and at lower cost”.

We believe that this is strategically imperative to ensure the long term success of the nuclear sector in the UK and will greatly enhance our ability to export the broader UK nuclear industry capability.


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