• Nuclear Technical Engineer (Nuclear Propulsion)

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    Department / Discipline
    Engineering - Geotechnical
    Position Type
    Staff / Permanent
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  • Overview / Responsibilities


    Wood’s Independent Nuclear Assurance (INA) team is seeking skilled and experienced Nuclear Technical Engineers at their Headquarters at Birchwood, Warrington.  This is a great opportunity to join the well-established and highly regarded INA team, who provide a key role in supporting the design and safe operation of the Ministry of Defence’s existing and future Naval Reactor Plants (NRP).


    The Role:


    As a Nuclear Technical Engineer, you will work within our dynamic, customer facing INA team who provide independent nuclear safety and technical advice for both current in-service and future designs of NRP. As part of the INA team, you will ensure that our safety and technical support is delivered to meet the requirements of the UK’s submarine programme.


    This work requires detailed knowledge of the design and operation of NRP, as well as safety case development and methodologies.  INA is therefore suited to Naval Reactor Plant Operators, personnel with safety case experience, or engineers and scientists with experience of the Naval Nuclear Programme or other high hazard industries who are seeking new challenges in this exciting and rewarding area of work.

    INA has a learning culture that recognises the need to maintain knowledge, develop skills and support career progression.  Structured in-house training is provided to all involved in this unique programme of work, supplemented by additional external training as required to support individual development needs.


    The work is based in Birchwood, however, some occasional travel throughout the UK will be required.


    Overall, this position provides a gateway into the MoD and Civilian Nuclear Programmes with opportunities to gain qualifications, broaden experience and progress a career in a modern and nationally important industry. You will be working in a close knit, supportive team who will encourage your development and value your experience.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Provision of authoritative independent nuclear safety assessment and advice of nuclear safety cases issued in support of NRP.
    • Provision of authoritative independent nuclear technical assessment and advice in support of NRP throughout its lifecycle.
    • Review of documentation supporting the NRP Authorisee’s Nuclear Safety Management Arrangements, Event Reports and NRP Operation.
    • Liaison with Wood staff at Naval Bases and Dockyards, MoD personnel at Abbey Wood and with other stakeholders.
    • Representing Wood at external meetings, including Safety Committees, with the MoD and their contractors. 

    About Wood Nuclear:


    Wood’s nuclear business supports customers in the energy generation, new build, decommissioning and defence sectors.


    Our nuclear business has offices in Knutsford and Birchwood in Cheshire, Gloucester, Dorchester, Harwell, Glasgow, Newcastle, Bristol, Cumbria, Reading and London. We also have a strong international presence to support our growing operations in France, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, South Africa and Japan.


    Our reputation for safely delivering quality projects on time and on budget is well recognised in the industries we serve. We have proven expertise in managing large, complex projects, a global reach and long-standing UK presence, strong relationships with our clients and cutting-edge processes and technologies.


    What that means to you is the opportunity to experience a real variety of projects, working with people from different backgrounds. You'll work closely with our clients and committed to achieving outstanding results in a stimulating and quality-driven environment.


    Skills / Qualifications



    • Degree or equivalent professional training in science or engineering or detailed design knowledge/operational experience of the Naval Reactor Plant (e.g. Category A Nuclear Watchkeeper)
    • Excellent consultancy/communication skills and the ability to work directly and effectively with the customer
    • Ability to work effectively across a range of tasks and liaise with personnel from multiple technical disciplines
    • UK Citizen as Security clearance to at least SC will be required


    • Enthusiasm and aptitude for clear and concise technical writing
    • Familiarity of safety standards such as JSP 518, JSP 430 or HSE SAPs
    • UK Drivers License is desirable

    What do you get?

    As well as exciting roles on projects in the UK and abroad; in a supportive and professional work environment, these are some of the additional benefits you can expect at Wood:

    For you:

    • A competitive reward package in line with experience
    • Work life balance – We offer flexible working; flexible hours in all our permanent office locations, the ability for homeworking when appropriate and work with the individual to ensure an appropriate work life balance is achieved.
    • Access to specialist knowledge and experience both locally within your team and across the Wood organisation, Employee Development Programmes, internal and external training to address your own development and career progression needs.
    • Family friendly benefits – maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
    • International opportunities - As an 60,000 strong community of colleagues operating in 60 countries you will have access to international career opportunities.
    • For your peace of mind, we offer life insurance benefit on top of a contributory pension scheme, as well as income protection and life assurance benefit.
    • To support you throughout your career you will have access to an Employee Assistance programme, which can offer anything from financial advice to mental health support and counselling sessions.
    • A relocation package will be considered for the right candidate.

    For our communities:

    • We give back to our communities; we have a matched funding community investment programme.  In our global business our people are showing commitment and courage to care for the communities we operate in. You can do this by supporting causes and raising funds for charities that are important to you, your colleagues and your local area.

    Company Overview

    Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 60,000 people, with revenues of over $10 billion.  We provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial sectors.  www.woodplc.com  

    Diversity Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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