Office for Nuclear Regulation

Nuclear Associate

The role

Inspectors employed within the Office for Nuclear Regulation are required to undertake a range of activities including:

Much of this work requires a high level of expert judgment.

Decisions associated with this work are often based on management and administration of the analysis of various forms of information and material. The role of the B4 nuclear associate primarily is to provide technical support to ONR 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 ONR inspectors whilst promoting the development of the B4 Nuclear Associate.

This role provides a potential development route to become a Band 3 Non-Nuclear, or Band 3 Nuclear Safety or Security Inspector.

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

About you

Knowledge/skills/experience/attributes required

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, ONR is willing to consider any proposals put forward by disabled applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means.

Planning, organisation and prioritisation

  • Able to demonstrate ability to plan work and adopt a methodical approach to organising a wide range of activities.
  • Demonstrate ability to work unsupervised and be self-motivated, and identify areas where additional issues are relevant.
  • Have ability to understand and analyse data and prioritise activities.

Judgement and decision-making

  • Able to make sound recommendations after gathering and assessing all relevant information, to support the work of ONR nuclear inspectors.
  • Able to provide justification for recommendations made or actions taken.

Effective communication

  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, licensee's staff, dutyholders and stakeholders.
  • Capable of sustaining effective relationships across all roles throughout ONR.
  • Able to understand sensitivities of security and commercial issues.
  • Able to prepare relevant, concise and focussed written reports.

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to represent ONR with licensees, stakeholders, dutyholders and external organisations.

Professional skills

  • Adopt a professional and systematic approach to undertaking work, reporting outcomes, presenting findings, drawing conclusions and making recommendations.
  • Undertake professional training as necessary to improve effectiveness in the role and develop professionally.

What do you get from us?

Nuclear Associate

Bootle, Merseyside

The maximum for this salary band is £36,107. You will be appointed on a salary dependent on skills and experience.

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 ONR. In addition to a competitive starting salary, you can expect:

  • A permanent contract of employment including some of the best terms and conditions in the labour market
  • Option of a competitive occupational pension scheme. From 1 April 2015 a new Civil Service pension scheme Alpha was introduced, Alpha is a Career Average pension scheme. This means the final pension is based on a percentage of pensionable earnings from each year of active membership. You will still have the option of joining a Partnership pension. You are encouraged to visit Civil Service Pensions for more information.
  • Five weeks rising to six weeks annual leave plus public holidays and1 privilege days with the flexibility to purchase additional annual leave (or sell)
  • Active management of your health, safety and wellbeing at work
  • Excellent working arrangements. Redgrave Court is a state-of-the-art new building including gymnasium, restaurant and excellent, covered, free car-parking facilities
  • Enormous job satisfaction from your role; excellent worklife balance - arrangements to help staff who wish to combine domestic responsibilities with a career in ONR include opportunities for part-time work, flexible working hours, possibilities of unpaid leave, paid maternity leave and, subject to circumstances, career breaks
  • Relocation expenses in certain circumstances
  • You will have good opportunities for career development through structured initial training, our strong commitment to continuing professional development and the chance to undertake other roles including strategy development and work in other parts of ONR

As a newly appointed Nuclear 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.

ONR offers 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 ONR offers.

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

How to apply

Please visit our recruitment portal.