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Principal Safety Case Specialist

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, Berkshire, England
£55000 - £92000 per annum + plus benefits and allowances
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Principal Safety Case Specialist AWE are looking to expand our team within Safety Case Assessment. Acting as a Subject Matter Expert, your role will be pivotal in the assessment of nuclear, explosive and other major hazards.

Our safety case teams are at the forefront of a wide variety of work, involving ground-breaking innovation and technical challenges across a wide range of projects associated with:

  • AWE's multibillion-pound Capital Programme of new facilities
  • Planning future systems in support of the UK's long-term strategic deterrent.
  • Maintaining and extending the life of existing facilities
  • Decommissioning of the redundant facilities.
  • There are exciting opportunities to develop careers both within, and beyond, AWE

Location - Reading / Basingstoke area

Package - £58,500 - £92,480 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date - 30th May 2024

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 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.

Our Principal Safety Case Specialists 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 to ensure regulatory compliance.

What will you be required to do?

  • Lead and manage the technical input to the planning and production of key safety documentation to facilitate operations in challenging facilities.
  • Deliver safety assessments and other technical safety documentation to agreed AWE standards for exciting new project delivery.
  • Work with process owners to ensure compliance with modern standards and support updates to company standard direction where relevant to achieve appropriate and efficient compliance.
  • Provides technical input to the design and/or delivery of technical training.
  • Mentor nuclear safety analysts and senior nuclear safety analysts as part of a planned development activity.

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following

  • Degree in a science or engineering based subject or vocational qualification (HND or equivalent) and/or extensive practical experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of working on a range of safety cases across different industries ideally radiological, chemical and/or explosive hazards.
  • Knowledge of the techniques used for Safety Case Assessment.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, report and presentation skills.
  • Experience in a nuclear, high hazard and/or highly regulated industry.
  • Professional membership to a relevant chartered body (desirable).

This is a highly rewarding position that will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and experience in support of AWE's important mission to keep the Nation safe.

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.



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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