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Principal Human Factors Consultant

SNC Lavalin
Bristol or Warrington
Closing date
6 Aug 2022
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Look forward to engineering a better future for our planet and its people.

If you are a highly experienced Human Factors/Ergonomics professional with a proven track record within Nuclear and/or Rail industries, as well as other high hazard industries, and want to contribute directly to the growth of this area, then we look forward to your application.

You’ll be capable of nurturing and developing existing relationships with both internal Atkins colleagues and external clients, to help grow this exciting and expanding element of our Human Factors offering.

To do this, you’ll be adaptable, flexible and be able to think on your feet. You’ll enjoy interpreting data and be able to enjoy communicating this clearly to others, at a variety of levels and clients. You’ll also be committed to the development and mentoring of junior colleagues in our growing team.

Your purpose:

As a senior member of our growing team, you will work with others across our London, Bristol Derby and Warrington offices, and will be based in either our Bristol or Warrington offices. You will have direct responsibility for developing and maintaining client relationships with the major operators and engineering companies that are our core business, whilst also contributing to the strategy and direction of our dynamic team of dedicated Human Factors professionals.

Typical assignments will include leading client ergonomics work packages, managing technical delivery to project programmes as well as contributing to Atkins bids and initiatives. As a member of a client focused team, you will work on a wide variety of projects across a range of sectors of industry including Nuclear, and Energy Transition, Rail, and other Transportation and Infrastructure areas.

What you will bring?

You’ll want to make a positive contribution to the development plans of the Human Factors team. You will bring a willingness to travel to our client sites and develop meaningful client relationships. You will use your entrepreneurial thinking and excellent communication skills to liaise with other groups and departments to provide integrated solutions to the client. You will also enjoy mentoring and developing junior staff, be reliable and consistent, and have an acceptance of responsibility for work carried out.

Essential requirements -

  • Degree or experience in Human Factors or Applied Psychology or related field.
  • Substantial experience of delivering HF work packages within high hazard industries such as Nuclear, and Rail.
  • Substantial experience in the use of Human Factors methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge in the application of Human Factors standards and guidelines.
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience of managing and planning HF delivery to projects (HF Integration).

Desirable criteria -

  • Post graduate degree in Human Factors or Applied Psychology or related field.
  • Experience of working within other ‘Regulated’ industries.
  • Knowledge of Human Factors Assessment techniques in relation to international standards and familiarity with latest UK regulatory developments relevant to major hazard industries.
  • CAD/visualisation skills.
  • Record for public speaking and publishing papers.
  • Membership/Fellowship of a recognised professional Society.
  • Project Management skills.

About us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. We are here to help achieve a Net Zero target by 2050. We hope to do this with a mix of secure and sustainable energies. Powering our world through exciting new technologies and intelligent cybersecurity systems on projects that vary greatly in size, scope, and scale.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

Why work with Atkins?

You’ll be part of creating the right, safe and resilient systems across nuclear power, renewables, decarbonisation development, new builds and energy efficiency. We value diversity and believe everyone deserves to thrive. We're Disability Confident, an Inclusive Employer, and support STEM Returners and actively encourage more women in senior roles. In the energy sector, we've signed up to the AXIS Pledge, promising to make equal pay, equal leadership, and equal opportunities a reality.

Read more about our Vision for Women.

Meeting your needs:

We offer every colleague the ‘Total Reward’, an individually-tailored compensation and benefits package. Including flexible holidays, life assurance, health & wellbeing, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

If you identify as having a disability, please tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk about any adjustments you might need.

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Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at the interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Atkins recognises that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested in discussing how we can accommodate individual requirements. We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.



Designing for the future is about more than predicting what it looks like. It’s about having the know-how and the expertise to turn predictions into projects that deliver results and meet ever-changing needs. That’s what we do every day: for our clients, for their customers and for the sustainable future of our business and the world we operate in.

We are SNC-Lavalin, and we are experts at mastering complexity.

Using our industry know-how and leading resources, we create and deliver predictable outcomes for an unpredictable world. How do we do it? By thinking – and working – differently. With offices around the world, we connect people, technology and data to shape the future of our industry and the world around us. It’s how we generate the knowledge, the ingenuity and the drive to meet so many of today’s most pressing challenges – from population growth and increasing transportation needs, to climate change. And because we cover everything from blueprint to delivery, across the entire lifespan of a project, you can count on us for a client experience that is smoother, smarter and more efficient. At SNC-Lavalin, we’re not just embracing change – we’re driving it.

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