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Principal Safety Case Specialist

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Closing date
10 May 2021

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Principal Safety Case Specialist

Location - Reading

Salary - £52,000 - £75,000 dependent on experience plus contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, additional benefits and an excellent work / life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent). A salary sacrifice scheme is also available. We will consider candidates looking for full time or part time hours.

AWE has been named in the Sunday Times top 25 big companies to work for in 2019.

This role will provide extensive specialist subject matter expertise in the assessment of Nuclear, explosive and other major hazards associated with actual, planned and/or decommissioned facilities, plant, equipment or product. You will advise on strategies for the development of safety assessments (safety case/safety basis/risk assessments), and develop and deliver complex safety analyses, assessments and associated documentation.

Key accountabilities of this position include:

  • Lead and manage the technical input to the planning and production of safety documentation

  • Deliver safety assessments and other technical safety documentation to agreed AWE standards

  • Monitor the production and delivery of safety documentation, using appropriate metrics

  • Ensure the implementing safety documentation requirements meet the standards set in the MSPs

  • Provide technical input to the production of Company and ESH (environment, safety and health) policy, guidance and strategy

  • Provides technical input to the design and/or delivery of technical training

  • Mentor SAS (safety assessment specialist) assessors and senior SAS members as part of a planned development activity

To be successful in this role you should have the following skills:

  • Degree in a science or engineering based subject or vocational qualification (HND or equivalent) and/or extensive practical experience

  • Safety assessment specialists are expected to be able to undertake a range of techniques

  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, report and presentation skills

  • Extensive experience in the field of safety assessment for radiological, chemical and/or explosive hazards

  • Experience in a nuclear, high hazard and/or highly regulated industry

  • Professional membership to a relevant chartered body (desirable)

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.



We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology.

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career.

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