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Senior Explosives Safety Assessment Specialist

Berkshire, West Berkshire
£53950 - £65000 per annum
Closing date
16 Sep 2021
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Senior Explosives Safety Assessment Specialist

Location - Reading / Basingstoke area

Our safety case teams are at the forefront of a wide variety of work, involving ground-breaking innovation and technical challenges across a wide range of projects associated with:

  • AWE's multibillion-pound Capital Programme of new facilities

  • Planning future systems in support of the UK's long-term strategic deterrent.

  • Maintaining and extending the life of existing facilities

  • Decommissioning of the redundant facilities.

There are exciting opportunities to develop careers both within, and beyond, AWE.

Package - £53,950 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offer an attractive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent). A salary sacrifice scheme is also available. We will consider candidates looking for full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time.

AWE have a unique opportunity to work specifically in Explosives Safety Assessment and as such, we are looking for candidates who have the following:

  • Experience in Explosive Industry

  • Experience and knowledge of Explosive Regulations 2014

  • Experience of producing risk assessments for Explosive processing / testing

  • Experience of safety testing for explosives

  • Experience of Explosive Licensing

Our Senior Safety Case Specialists conduct and implement strategies for the development of safety assessments (safety case/safety basis/risk assessments), and develop and deliver complex safety analyses, assessments and associated documentation to ensure regulatory compliance.

What will you be required to do?

  • Manage the technical input to the planning and production of safety assessments and justifications

  • Produce risk assessments and safety justifications for a range of facilities

  • Take ownership and deliver safety assessments and documentation as per Nuclear Safety Management System Procedures and Standards

  • Provide technical information to the production of company policy, guidance and strategy to agreed delivery standards

  • Ensure the correct risk assessment methods and techniques are used

  • Provide technical advice for the design and/or delivery of technical training

  • Support the coaching and development of Graduates, early career and Safety Assessment Specialist Assessors in the use of relevant safety assessment techniques

In addition to the above, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • Degree in a science or engineering based subject or vocational qualification (HND or equivalent) and/or extensive practical experience

  • Knowledge and experience of working on a range of safety cases across different industries ideally explosive hazards

  • Previous experience of chairing HAZOP meetings

  • Experience promoting relevant good practice with the Safety Assessment Specialism i.e. SHAZOP, MSCR, OSCAR etc.

  • Knowledge and demonstrable experience utilising the techniques used for Safety Case Assessment

  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, report and presentation skills

  • Experience in a nuclear, high hazard and/or highly regulated industry

  • Professional membership to a relevant chartered body (desirable)

This is a highly rewarding position that will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and experience in support of AWE's important mission to keep the Nation safe and further your career in Safety Case Assessment.

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.



AWE has responsibility for maintaining the UK’s nuclear deterrent and supporting national nuclear security from warhead safety and performance to providing support to users in the field. Our scientific and engineering expertise is second to none. As is our approach to predicting the performance of a system that can never be tested, but has to work. We’re looking to recruit specialist scientists to support our core programme. Our strength lies in our diversity. An extremely broad range of employees brings different skills and experiences to the team.

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