Jacobs Chief Engineer – Shore Support in Birchwood, United Kingdom
Critical Mission Solutions
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Our Critical Mission Solutions business – we are invested in you and your success. Everything we do - whether Aerospace, Defence, Intelligence, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Nuclear, Automotive, or Telecommunications - is more than just a project. It is our challenge as human beings, too. That is why we bring a thoughtful and collaborative approach to every one of our partnerships.
It is our promise to challenge the status quo as we redefine how to solve the world's greatest challenges and transform big ideas into intelligent solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.
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About the opportunity:
We are seeking an experienced nuclear engineer to lead an existing team that provides a key role in supporting the Royal Navy’s Nuclear Submarine Programme.
The work, within our dynamic, customer-facing Independent Nuclear Assurance (INA) organization, includes the provision of independent nuclear safety and technical advice in support of both in-service and future designs of Naval Reactor Plant (NRP), delivering services to meet Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) requirements for the UK’s existing and future submarine programmes.
This position requires detailed knowledge of the design and operation of NRP, safety case development and methodologies, a thorough understanding of the workings of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme (NNPP) and the ability to communicate with SDA personnel, and their stakeholders, at all levels.
We are looking to appoint a Chief Engineer to manage aspects of our long-running contract associated with shore support activities, involving build, maintenance, repair, commissioning, operation, defueling and decommissioning of NRP. Focus is on maintaining an on-site presence through a team of Site Liaison Officers, combined with the management of plant/site safety case interfaces and the coordination of INA’s delivery of a response to NRP emergencies.
The Shore Support Chief Engineer needs to have over 10 years of relevant experience in the NNPP, to be a respected leader, to have proven abilities in working with others and to be familiar with operating in an environment where Safety, Health and Security are paramount. Additionally, the post holder will be expected to act as a focal point in the development and implementation of nuclear safety policies and methodologies and to make a key contribution to the promotion of a robust safety culture. Furthermore, the appointee will be required to travel to NNPP sites to liaise with team members and local management and to be available to act as a member of Nuclear Safety Committees.
• Providing Independent Nuclear Safety Assessment (INSA), Independent Technical Assessment (ITA) and related advice in support of the NRP throughout its lifecycle
• Managing the assessment of plant/site interface safety and technical documentation
• Managing INA’s arrangements in response to NRP emergencies
• Ensuring that team members are available in sufficient numbers and at appropriate levels of competence to meet contractual requirements to deliver services at designated sites in support of NRPA.
• Representing INA at meetings with NRPA, NRPA Duty Holders, Site Authorisees, Site Licensees, Technical Authorities and relevant stakeholders
• Overseeing the team’s output, taking into account the best applicable safety, technical and regulatory standards, and applying relevant good practice
• Co-ordinating output across a range of relevant specialist disciplines, to provide impartial, authoritative, balanced and proportionate assessments and advice
• Conducting work in accordance with the INA Quality Assurance Programme and Authorisee’s/Licensee’s Safety Management Arrangements
• Complying with information security requirements
• Delivering output to meet agreed programmes and budgets
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Here’s What You’ll Need:
• Degree or equivalent professional training in science or engineering
• Chartered membership of an appropriate professional institution
• Recognised audit qualification(s)
• Detailed design knowledge or operational experience of the NRP, supported by Naval Nuclear qualifications
• Proven leadership qualities, combined with the capacity to manage team members operating at diverse sites across the UK
• Excellent consultancy/communication skills and the ability to work directly and effectively with the customer and related organisations.
• Ability to efficiently coordinate effort across a range of tasks and liaise with personnel from a variety of technical disciplines and organisations
• Qualifications and experience to meet requirements for Nuclear Safety Committee membership
• Enthusiasm and aptitude for clear and concise technical writing
• Familiarity with NRPA’s NSMA, DSA02-DNSR and ONR SAP
• UK Citizenship (as security clearance to at least SC will be required)
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