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Senior or Principal Nuclear Safety Consultant - Bristol




Nuclear Management Consultancy

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Full time

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This is an opportunity for a Senior or Principal Nuclear Safety Consultant to join our talented and growing national Nuclear Division. As the UK, and wider world, increasingly understands the role nuclear must play in a net zero future, this is opening up huge opportunities to be a part of delivering new nuclear at scale. We have immediate and exciting opportunities working closely with a number of SMR and AMR vendors as well as gigawatt scale new-build, operational sites and decommissioning sites. We have worked hard to develop trusted and close working relationships with these clients, who come to us for strategic advice and delivery of critical elements of their programmes. We are looking to find talented and motivated people to expand our team, and to help support and lead delivery of safety case work across all of these clients.

You will be based in our central Bristol office or our Almondsbury, Bristol head office,  working alongside a wide representation of Hydrock’s other services and disciplines. We work flexibly and are moving to hybrid-working, so you can balance your time and commitments in a way that works for both you and Hydrock. However, we are really focused on hiring great people, so would be open to discussing a range of options in terms of geographic location and split of time in offices.

We offer our staff the opportunity to work with clients and to develop skills and professional networks, whilst helping us deliver our vision of being at the forefront of the UK’s new nuclear programme. We pride ourselves on empowering staff and supporting them to develop their own niche within our growing team. Our work focuses on developing close and mutually beneficial relationships with our clients and then delivering strategic and impactful outputs tailored to their needs. We don’t typically place staff on long-term secondments as we understand that developing as a consultant requires exposure to a range of work and clients. We also encourage and support our staff to develop their wider consultancy skills covering everything from commercial awareness, business development and work winning, staff development and more. 

However, we know everyone is different, so we focus on hiring great people and working with them to find the roles that support their skills and ambitions.

What you’ll be responsible for

Some of your primary responsibilities will include the following (not necessarily from the start):

  • Helping to manage and deliver nuclear safety packages of work, including overseeing and supporting our delivery teams;
  • Continuing to build and develop excellent client relationships; this is where we have excelled and our clients have all expressed their appreciation of our approach to relationship building;
  • Delivering high-quality and bespoke technical and strategic support to our clients;
  • Supporting the continued development of our business, including through identifying, bidding for and winning new work, either with new or existing clients;
  • Mentoring and developing our graduates and other junior staff.

We know that every individual has different skills, strengths and preferences. We focus on recruiting great people and provide them with opportunities to tailor the role to best fit their skills and experience. Therefore, the bullets above are indicative but we avoid defining rigid roles.

What skills and attributes are we looking for?

The work we deliver for our clients in the nuclear safety case discipline focuses on providing bespoke, strategic advice and therefore a good understanding of safety cases and their production is crucial. This does not require detailed, in-depth knowledge of each technical area, but focuses on the ability to understand and work out solutions to specific client needs. Key skills and experience of the ideal candidate includes:

  • Understanding of:
    • Hazard and fault identification;
    • Qualitative and quantitative hazard assessments (including Design Basis Assessment and Probabilistic Safety Analysis);
    • Radiological consequence assessment;
    • Fault studies;
    • Design substantiation.
  • Experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams and with communication with other technical disciplines;
  • Experience of working with a range of nuclear site licensees within the UK;
  • Experience of working on a variety of safety cases at various lifecycle stages.

Other skills and experience which we would consider beneficial, but are not considered essential include:

  • Experience, or good understanding of working within a consultancy environment;
  • Experience of site licensing and site licence condition compliance demonstration;
  • Experience of leading and/or participating in regulatory interactions;
  • Experience of development of safety case assessment methodologies;
  • Understanding of regulatory and international guidance and expectations in regards to safety case production.

In addition to knowledge and experience, we are looking for someone who can provide the following:

  • Flexible, innovative and proactive approach to working and finding solutions;
  • Ability to work closely with clients to solve problems;
  • Desire to support growth of our nuclear safety case capability.

Our Nuclear Division

Our Nuclear Division is well established but still very much a growing team, supporting a wide range of key nuclear projects across the UK, from new build through to decommissioning. We pride ourselves on being innovative and providing strategic and bespoke support to meet our clients’ needs, and have worked hard to build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with these clients. We recognise that the success of our business is underpinned and sustained by our people, and we always seek to ensure that we support, encourage and empower each member of our team to further build on what we have achieved.

We have a number of exciting projects, ongoing as well as future opportunities, with a wide range of high-profile nuclear clients. This includes delivery of work through large, long-term frameworks as well as through smaller, bespoke work packages. We are keen to welcome the right person into our team to support the successful delivery of this work and continued growth. 

What's great about Hydrock 'in a nutshell' 

We are a British-owned integrated multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 900 staff in 21 offices across the UK. Our driving motivation is to be a ‘Force for Good’, as it is our aim to improve the quality of people’s lives from our employees to our clients, through to the communities we work in and our planet as a whole through the work we do.  

From the buildings that surround you, the roads and bridges you cross, all related to the infrastructure that we create, we aim to offer the most sustainable possibilities to shape the places, communities and society that we live in through meeting our client’s needs. Through the path we are on to delivering a green future, the result is something that everyone can be proud of. 

Our welcoming and friendly culture is something we are proud of and has gained us recognition with 9 years in the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Check out some of our incredible projects which have been awarded: 2022 Net Zero Award for Bay Technology Centre, Integration and Collaborative Working Award for YGG Tan-y-Lan primary school, The Deaf Academy awarded for its Universal Design at the 2022 Civic Trust Awards and Bristol’s iconic waterfront Wapping Wharf Living making a double win at the Bristol Property Awards! 

To top off, here’s our 2022 wrap up video! 

What we can offer you: 

  • Inspiring and supportive colleagues 
  • Reward for progression and hard work 
  • An opportunity to develop your soft skills, as well your technical skills
  • Competitive starting salary 
  • Excellent health benefits 25 days of holiday (buy/sell up to five days), accrue 1 day extra every 2 years, with bonus holidays too!
  • An opportunity to give back: “Day off for good cause” (on a workday) 
  • A huge range of flexible benefits, including climate perks and an EV car leasing scheme 
  • Our biggest event of the year: Annual Challenge Day!  

A place to feel included

We champion diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we commit to supporting our employees and ensure we create a safe environment that nurtures you to perform at your best. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving this aim.  

We consider all application individually with the required qualifications and knowledge without regard to any of the protected characteristics. We would like to provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience so we ask with are made aware of any physical or neurodiverse condition within your application for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us. 

Looking for the next steps? 

Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we aim to review and respond to you as soon as your application’s been reviewed. 

If shortlisted, a member of our Recruitment Team will call you for an initial pre-screen by phone (typically 30 minutes) to help us assess your motivations and interest in the position and Hydrock. 

If you progress following this telephone pre-screen, you will be invited to attend a formal interview by video conference (Microsoft Teams) or in our offices. 

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