Office for Nuclear Regulation

Nuclear Security Inspector

The Office for Nuclear Regulation regulates security at nuclear licensed sites and the secure storage and use of sensitive nuclear information as well as approving security arrangements for the transportation of nuclear material, assessing the honesty, integrity and values of personnel involved in all aspects of the civil nuclear industry and helping raise international nuclear security standards.

The role

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

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. However, when Inspectors find shortcomings in compliance they initially provide advice but may issue verbal and written warnings. Should it prove necessary, inspectors have legislative powers enabling them to take proportionate enforcement action and ultimately initiate prosecutions if appropriate.

About you

Applicants would normally be expected to have the job related expertise detailed on the individual job roles (please see the discipline section below). They would also be expected to have 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.

In addition to a high technical ability and expertise, your personal qualities are also important to us. Should you be invited for interview, your abilities in these areas will also be discussed and assessed:

  • Persuading and influencing
  • Planning and Prioritisation
  • Seeking information and investigation
  • Ability to work effectively within a programme working/matrix environment; and
  • Personal self-awareness

You should also note that if you are invited to interview you will be required to undertake a presentation as part of the selection process.

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.

What do you get from us?

Nuclear Security Inspector

Merseyside, London and Cheltenham

The maximum for this salary band is £61,284 plus £4,052 London Weighting if applicable. You will be appointed on a salary dependent on skills and experience.   

Furthermore there are excellent opportunities for advancement to Principal Nuclear Inspector (max salary currently £79,754) and Superintending Nuclear Inspector (max salary currently £95,678). Besides the opportunity to make a real difference, there are many benefits working for ONR.

  • A permanent contract of employment including some of the best terms and conditions in the labour market.
  • Five weeks rising to six weeks annual leave plus public holidays and 1 privilege day 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.

Pension entitlement

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.


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 ONR's Bootle office to undertake training and establishing professional networks. Attendance at appropriate discipline conferences and training events will also be included.

ONR offers 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 Safety 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 ONR offers.

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

Disciplines within this role

This role covers the following areas:

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