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Emergency Manager

Job Introduction

Job Purpose:

The Emergency Manager is a pan NNL position of authority supporting the Security & Resilience Manager to ensure the company's continued compliance with all emergency regulations governing the nuclear industry including, Site Licence Conditions, Fire Safety Regulations, Security Regulations and other applicable regulations (as applicable to each site). Theyshall develop an emergency exercise programme that meets all regulatory and stakeholder expectations. They shall provide assurance of NNL’s emergency preparedness through emergency planning, emergency drills and exercises, process development and ensuring emergency resources, facilities and equipment remain in a constant state of readiness. The position takes a lead role and is able to perform duties with minimal management direction.

Role Responsibility

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Support implementation of governance arrangements to ensure appropriate legislative, regulatory, environmental, safety and quality requirements are complied with across their area of responsibility.
  • Develop Emergency Exercise Schedule(s) for all NNL facilities that provide adequate levels of training and exercising of all emergency response teams, meet all regulatory and stakeholder expectations and provide proportionate coverage of emergency preparedness risks. The Emergency Manager shall be responsible for gaining acceptance and approval of all schedules prior to implementation from stakeholders, peers and Safety and Security Committees including the Nuclear Security Committee (NSyC) and NNL Nuclear Safety Committee Equivalent (NNSCE) as applicable.
  • Accountable for ensuring all emergency equipment and facilities including, Incident Control Centre, Access Control Point, Re-Entry Preparation Area or Building Control Point (as appropriate to Site) are maintained in a constant state of readiness.
  • Ensure the completion of all exercises defined in the Emergency Exercise Schedule(s) within the timescales defined. They shall define aims, objectives and injects, act as umpire or evaluator, arrange resources and coordinate the running of all exercises. All drills and exercises are to be challenging and provide adequate training and evaluation of the Building Emergency Response Teams for their area(s) of responsibility. They shall be responsible for ensuring each Emergency Response post holder gets at least the minimum defined training for their role necessary to maintain SQEP status.
  • Where an exercise, drill, local, industry or national event identifies learning, areas for improvement or any shortfalls, the Emergency Manager shall be accountable for developing and implementing corrective actions. This may include a major overhaul of emergency response arrangements and associated training. All significant shortfalls are to be brought to the attention of the Security & Resilience Manager.
  • Responsible for the production of all scheduled reports for internal and external stakeholders (as appropriate) and gain acceptance via the appropriate safety & security committees; in order to provide confidence emergency arrangements are being maintained at the highest levels.
  • Accountable for defining and implementing arrangements for managing Minimum Safety Manning Levels (MSML) and other key emergency response roles on a daily basis for compliance with applicable requirements and standards. Within the arrangements, they shall be responsible for providing assurance the MSML information is always clearly available such that under challenge, confidence can be given immediately of resource coverage for any potential emergency response. They shall ensure that sufficient individuals are trained, appointed and available to cover emergency roles at each facility accounting for sickness, leave and natural attrition, without unduly burdening any single individual(s)
  • Maintain a working knowledge of applicable regulations, processes and industry best practice, through attendance
    at relevant forums within the wider emergency management community and benchmarking with other organisations.
    They shall be responsible for managing implementation of these back in the workplace. They shall develop,implementing and maintaining emergency preparedness policies, processes, tools, procedures, etc. that meet emergency management requirements and ONR/WANO standards. They shall be the primary point of contact between emergency services and other emergency Subject Matter Experts based on any host Sites.

The Ideal Candidate

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Experience of emergency planning and management of incidents within an industrial environment, which may include nuclear plant (as appropriate to Site).
  • Experienced in working in a regulated industry, detail orientated, and able to work to stringent deadlines.
  • Compliance professional, educated to Degree level (or equivalent), with extensive practical & relevant experience in a compliance role.
  • Has undertaken formal Emergency management and planning training (or equivalent), for example those provided by the Cabinet Office’s Emergency Planning College
  • Must demonstrate an ability to analyse and interpret complex information from several, sometimes conflicting sources, with a proven problem-solving ability in order to make decisions based upon this information.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to communicate concepts to diverse audiences with varying skills.
  • Experience of remaining calm under stressful circumstances.
  • Evidence of self-motivation with demonstrable levels of drive, energy and resilience.
  • Ability to communicate key information both verbal and written with customers, suppliers and stakeholders
  • A thorough awareness of nuclear, conventional safety and security requirements applicable to their area(s) of responsibility

About the Company

Grounded in robust science and decades of experience, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the authoritative voice in the UK and beyond for technological development within the nuclear power sector.

Our unparalleled understanding of the science, challenges and opportunities makes us an unrivalled authority and partner in the field, providing experts, technologies, and access to cutting-edge facilities to organisations around the world.

Harnessing potential technologies and translating them into to industry-ready solutions means our pioneering approach spearheads international improvement and technological progress.

We work on projects as small as drilling a hole to analyse underground wastes with our integrated micro drilling technology, or as large as developing state-of-the-art power systems for spacecraft, based on radioactive materials

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

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