Office for Nuclear Regulation

Band 4 Associate

The role of the B4 Associate primarily is to provide technical support to our inspectors in managing, planning and carrying out their regulatory duties with day to day administrative support provided by the programmes' business support teams.

Targeting support to inspection activities is intended to allow increased technical expertise to be directed to the core regulatory functions exercised by our inspectors while promoting the development of the B4 Associate.

About the role

Role objectives

To support in the planning for and conduct of compliance inspections and permissioning activities on UK Nuclear Licensed sites, and in respect of local authorities emergency plans.

To support planning and organising meetings, including preparing comment and briefing material, provide technical information for internal use where appropriate.

Management of timely ONR response to permissioning requests, organisation of specialist inputs to permissioning work and preparation/assembly of supporting information.

Information gathering

To attend appropriate meetings, including visits to licensed sites, gather relevant information on technical, regulatory and operational activities, review licensee's documents, and produce appropriate summary reports.

Cross-programme work

To undertake cross-programme work to ensure consistency and improvement in areas that underpin the work of the organisation. For example:

  • licensing and permissioning assessment
  • compliance inspection
  • permissioning inspection
  • enforcement management
  • regulatory process development
  • issues management
  • inspector guidance.

Other activities relating to the delivery of effective regulation such as management of Operational Experience Feedback (OEF) information into programme thinking, analytical input to strategic thinking, management of analysis and research/support associated with regulatory effectiveness, risk and issues management.

To provide additional technical understanding to other support functions.

Authority and accountability

  • Liaise as necessary with sites in order to carry out defined duties.
  • Authorised to commission support work
  • Accountable and line managed by Head of Unit (or new equivalent) or appropriate Nuclear Inspector

What we need from you

Qualifications and experience

  • Appropriate and relevant degree plus work experience in a scientific, engineering security or project management field.
  • A willingness to pursue corporate/chartered membership of a professional institution.
  • Have a working knowledge of the nuclear or a high hazard industry.
  • 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.

What do you get from us?

Band 4 Associate

Bootle, Merseyside

As a newly appointed Associate, you will undertake a programme of training (and possibly externally provided nuclear qualifications) designed to introduce you to both your work and that of others. Attendance at appropriate discipline conferences and training events will also be included.

We offer a comprehensive training and development programme to new recruits at all levels 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 and knowledge which new recruits will bring with them into ONR. 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 roles which we offer.

Throughout your career, support is provided by us for any studying required in connection with your work and agreed professional development.

Furthermore, there are excellent opportunities for advancement to Nuclear Safety Inspector and Principal Nuclear Inspector. Besides the opportunity to make a real difference, there are many benefits working for us.

How to apply

Please visit our recruitment portal.