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Nuclear Security Inspectors

About the role

We regulate security at civil nuclear licensed sites, including the control of sensitive nuclear information. We also  approve security arrangements for the transportation of nuclear material, assesses the the honesty, integrity and values of personnel involved in all aspects of the civil nuclear industry and help to raise international nuclear security standards.

Nuclear Security Inspectors are expected to be capable of undertaking a variety of roles including:

  • Inspecting sites
  • Assessing security plans and documentation
  • Investigating incidents
  • Enforcing the law and influencing improvements in security
  • Developing strategic approaches to secure high standards in the industry
  • Managing nuclear research contracts etc.

A Nuclear Security Inspector is likely to undertake a range of duties during their career ranging from undertaking planned and reactive inspections on site to assessment of security submissions or managing discrete intervention projects focussing on ensuring compliance, reassuring the public and improving security standards. When inspectors find shortcomings in compliance their goal is to influence dutyholders to ensure they address any gaps, which might initially be through provision of advice but may also be through issuing verbal and written warnings. Should it prove necessary, inspectors have legislative powers enabling them to serve security directions and ultimately initiate prosecutions if appropriate.


  • A good honours degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate security subject
  • Chartered membership of a relevant professional institution or able to demonstrate performance and/or experience at an equivalent professional level.
  • Experience of working in responsible positions in the nuclear sector or other high hazard industry in the design and evaluation of protective security systems, with preference given to candidates who can demonstrate a sound understanding of the current nuclear industry context and understanding of HMG approaches to national security and the protection of critical national infrastructure.

A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK. However, we are willing to consider any proposals put forward by disabled applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means.

Applicants who feel they possess equivalent experience, qualifications and/or professional memberships are invited to apply, however they must clearly evidence how their background and skills meet these expectations.

Our inspectors come from a variety of backgrounds, but all demonstrate calm and poise when working under pressure in one of the most demanding jobs in the public sector.

As a newly appointed nuclear inspector, you will undertake a programme of training designed to introduce you to both your work and that of others. As a new recruit you will be expected to spend a significant period of time at our Bootle office to undertake training and establish professional networks. You will also be required to attend appropriate discipline conferences and training events.

We offer a comprehensive training and development programme to new recruits coming into the organisation. Specifically, this focuses on providing new recruits with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need to undertake their roles in a nuclear regulatory capacity. This is a necessary complement to the technical skills which new recruits will bring with them into ONR. New Nuclear Security Inspectors will receive a Limited Warrant on entry to ONR and will follow a defined training programme during their first year to achieve Full Warrant status. Training will continue as new recruits progress through the organisation, to allow staff to progress and develop their careers, and to undertake the variety of regulatory roles which we offer.

Throughout your career here with us, as part of your professional development, we will provide you with support to study for qualifications required in connection to your work.

How to apply

Please visit our recruitment portal.