• Title
    CDM Advisor (Civil Engineering)
    Requisition ID
    Work Location
    Department / Discipline
    Engineering - Consultancy
    Additional Work Location
    Position Type
    Staff / Permanent
    Professional & Technical
  • Overview / Responsibilities


    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 customers 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 customers and be committed to achieving outstanding results in a stimulating and quality-driven environment.


    Wood Nuclear is recruiting Construction Design and Management (CDM) Advisors to be based at our Bristol office. As demand for our expertise continues to grow, an opportunity has arisen for a candidate with a Civil Engineering background to support the Wood Nuclear business unit based predominantly in Bristol. It is possible that future work will be based in other locations around the UK such as new build construction sites, e.g. Hinkley in Somerset, Sizewell in Suffolk/London, Moorside in Cumbria, and Bradwell in Essex. This role will primarily be to support the UK Nuclear New Build (NNB) programme. 


    We are looking for candidates looking to take the next career move to Senior Engineer level. Demonstrable experience of undertaking the formal role of a CDM Advisor or having TechIOSH or GradIOSH would be an advantage for the successful applicant, and we are primarily looking for candidates who are self-starters, proactive, capable and willing to challenge senior personnel from the customer and their contract partners.


    This is an excellent opportunity for individuals with an engineering background (mechanical, electrical, process or civil) who are looking to develop and progress in this area. We would particularly welcome applications from those early in their career with the desire to specialise in this field. Experience within the nuclear industry is desirable, however this role would also suit individuals with a background in operations or construction. Previous experience of directly interfacing with customers, regulators (e.g. ONR, Network Rail, or similar), Contractors and industry is desirable.     



    A wide ranging technical knowledge and educational base are required to ensure the delivery of challenging projects and customer targets.

    • To provide advice and guidance on compliance with the requirements of the CDM Regulations 2015 and other key UK H&S Regulations
    • Ensuring compliance with relevant Designer/Principal Designer standards to ensure the legal responsibilities and the project specific requirements are met
    • Work with clients, designers and contractors to ensure fit for purpose implementation of CDM 2015, and promote good communications between all parties
    • Champion relevant good practices in conventional health and safety across all hazardous activities
    • Ensure designs are reviewed to eliminate hazards and mitigate any residual design risk, reducing risks as low as is reasonably practicable
    • Ensure the design is reviewed on a regular basis and agree a review schedule with the designers
    • Undertake surveillance of design risk registers and associated documents to ensure hazards, risks and safe systems of work are adequately communicated
    • Assess designer and contractor capability and on-going performance
    • Ensure that health and safety is built in to the whole end to end process
    • Ensure arrangements are in place to monitor and satisfactorily close out any design changes that impact the health and safety of the design that arise during the construction phase
    • Travelling within the UK and Europe to contribute to design, layout and constructability reviews and provide training and assessment of performance
    • Work to enhance safety culture in design and on site
    • Manage production of Health and Safety Files
    • Report on progress and highlight areas of concern

    Skills / Qualifications


    • Strong safety culture, proactive and willing to intervene and challenge as required
    • An accredited Bachelors (BEng/BSc) degree or higher in Civil Engineering or equivalent demonstrable experience
    • Membership of a relevant professional body e.g. Tech IOSH, CMIOSH, or Grad IOSH status
    • Validated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the field of Health and Safety (e.g.NEBOSH Construction Certificate, Member of ICE H&S Register, MaPS, etc.)
    • In lieu of nuclear experience, experience in similarly high regulatory industries, e.g. offshore/onshore oil & gas, rail or similar shall be considered
    • Demonstrable, transferable skills within the field of CDM, Safety and Construction, with experience of mega projects preferred
    • A full, clean UK driver’s license would be highly advantageous

    Ability to gain, and acknowledgment to submit to UK security clearance(s), as required to support project roles, is essential.



    • Knowledge of Health & Safety legislation and Nuclear Site Licence requirements – ideally understanding the work of both HSE and ONR on large construction projects
    • Previous experience in the energy industry desirable
    • Knowledge of the management temporary works under CDM 2015 regulations
    • French speaking, reading and writing would be an advantage, due to the need for liaison with key stakeholders in the supply chain


    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
    • Work life balance – We offer flexible working; we have core and flex hours in all our permanent office locations.
    • Family friendly benefits – maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
    • International opportunities - As a 60,000 strong community of colleagues operating in 60 counties 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

    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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