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Reliability & Safety Engineer (Principal)

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Reading, Berkshire
£58500 - £88000 per annum + + Excellent benefits
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Reliability & Safety Engineer (Principal)

Are you looking for a challenging opportunity to work alongside AWE's discipline leaders in providing AR&M and Safety guidance for some of UK's largest Construction Projects? We have a fantastic opportunity for you to work with some of the UK's and Worldwide major Nuclear designers and Contractors.

Location: Reading

Package: £58,500 - £88,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Advertising End Date: 4th October 2023

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours (including Bank Holidays) of annual leave - plus every other Friday off work!

  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training

  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services

  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)

  • Life Assurance

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family

  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

There are many exciting projects underway with unique buildings in the stage of services and equipment fit out and major new facilities in the design stage. If you take this role you will be faced with many technical challenges. You will be dealing with major production facilities involving various hazardous materials.

As Reliability & Safety Engineer (Principal), you will be required to lead and drive the following:

  • Manage a small team of Availability, Reliability & Maintainability Engineers covering:

    • The application of an agreed AR&M strategy throughout each design phase for AWE's Projects

    • Development of Reliability requirements in support of process and throughput targets

    • Substantiation of Safety Systems ensuring designs satisfy safety targets (e.g., SSFR's)

  • Be the SME, focal point for advice, information and expertise about policy, best practice, and knowledge with regards to Reliability and Safety engineering across the whole of AWE

  • Provide the definitive AWE interpretation on issues relating to Reliability and Safety Engineering

  • Creation and development of relevant company guides, standards and processes for Reliability and Safety engineering

  • Review and audit designs against legislation, standards, best practice, and company requirements

  • Ensure up to date knowledge of standards and legislation is disseminated and understood by relevant stakeholders

  • Carry out checks and inspections to ensure that best practice is being followed

  • Ensure communication is maintained with other relevant disciplines across the company

  • Use technical knowledge to assist in the achievement of Right First-Time design

  • Carry out competency assessments of Reliability and Safety design engineers providing engineering services for AWE

  • Provide an Intelligent Customer interface with Regulators at a corporate level

  • Fulfil a Nuclear Baseline Role as required by AWE Licence Conditions (LC36)

  • Provide independent assessments of engineering designs to the Design Authority.

  • Shape the future to inspire trust, build effective relationships to clarify purpose, energise the team to deliver results and be a model for personal excellence, integrity, and accountability

We'd love to hear from individuals with an in-depth knowledge of regulations and standards and be capable of their intelligent application to a diverse range of buildings and processes, including the management of ageing plant and equipment through to the latest emerging technologies. This role will provide you with the opportunity to use your technical knowledge and experience to the full and develop skills in leadership with future opportunities in more senior managerial roles.

The suitable candidate will have extensive experience in designing and application for Safety and Reliability engineering in large complex production or manufacturing organisations preferably within a highly regulated industry.

Whilst you will be expected to manage a team covering the full spectrum of Safety and Reliability engineering, you will require knowledge within the following areas:

  • Substantiation of Systems having a Safety Function by production of assessment reports and supporting analysis e.g., Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Failure Modes Effects & Criticality Analysis (FMECA); Safety Integrity Level (SIL), Common Cause and Common Mode Failure analysis (CCF/CMF), Probability of Failure on Demand (PFD) calculations

  • Predicted Reliability performance of plant/process designs using appropriate techniques e.g., dynamic Reliability Block Simulation (RBD), Markov, Chi Square, Weibull, and Parts Count analysis

  • Application of appropriate maintainability/maintenance strategy e.g., preventative, corrective, pre-determined, condition based etc

  • Use of operational data to conduct in service plant/process Reliability performance analysis and subsequent recommendations for improvement

  • Familiarity with Reliability and Dependability BS EN; AQAP; DEF Standards. Related Standards e.g., IEC 61508

  • Failure rate data sources including NPRD-2016, OREDA, MIL-STD 1629, MIL-HDB 217F

  • Use of Software packages including Availability Workbench, Reliability Workbench & FaultTree+, RAMP


  • Membership of an appropriate professional institute preferably at Chartered Engineer level but as a minimum at Incorporated Engineer with equivalent academic qualifications (minimum HNC/HND) in an Engineering discipline

  • Individuals interested in this permanent opportunity will be required to be eligible for UK Security Clearance



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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