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Safety Assessment Specialist - Trainee


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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

What we do is unique and so are our people

For 70 years we've been part of the defence and security for our nation.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

As we move into an exciting phase in our programme, we have several opportunities for Nuclear Safety Assessment Specialists at the start of their careers to join AWE and support our vital role in ‘keeping the Nation safe’.

As a Nuclear Safety Assessment Specialist, you will work as part of a team to assess the risk and consequences of design, engineering, and operational failures. This will include modelling accident scenarios and identifying controls to prevent them. The role offers the opportunity to work across the whole project lifecycle including design of new facilities, large modifications of existing facilities, production facilities, research & development facilities, and decommissioning facilities as part of a structured two-year development programme. The role also provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of how AWE interacts with its regulators.

  • Location: Reading/Basingstoke area
  • Salary: £negotiable / Entry level (dependent on skills and experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement - 270 hours a year (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off
  • Flexible working hours
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Additional role-based allowance
  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

This role is an Entry level/trainee opportunity to advance and progress your career within AWE, the successful candidates will:

  • Develop skills in major hazard assessment and support the analysis and assessment of nuclear, radiological, chemical, explosives and other major hazards associated with actual, planned and/or decommissioned facilities, plant, equipment, or product.
  • Gain experience in the development of safety assessments and justifications (e.g., Safety Cases) in line with relevant legislation, industry standards and AWE's policies, procedures and guidance.
  • Continuously develop their understanding of current health and safety legislation, the ONR licensing regime and the fundamental application of the ALARP principle.
  • Whilst supervised, contribute to the production and review of safety assessments, justifications.

To be considered for this role you will have:

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

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Reading
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Nuclear
  • Physics

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