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Emergency Planner

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Job Introduction

Job Description for Emergency Planner:

There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career.

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

To deliver the Pan-NNL emergency exercise schedule under the direction of the NNL Emergency Manager and maintain the emergency arrangements Pan-NNL at an immediate state of readiness.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Emergency Planner:

  • Support the development of Emergency Exercise Schedule(s) that provide adequate levels of training and exercising of emergency response teams, meet all regulatory and stakeholder expectations and provide proportionate coverage of emergency preparedness risks. 
  • 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 supporting the Emergency Manager 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, they 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 Emergency Manager for implementation. 
  • Engage with stakeholders, both internal and external, to support operations and deliver the emergency exercise schedule, including the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Civilian Guard Force, Fire and Rescue and the site licence holder. 
  • Conduct coaching and mentoring to Emergency Response post trainees to achieve at least the minimum defined training for their role necessary to achieve SQEP status.
  • 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.
  • Proactive in Continuous Improvement: Promote best practice within the function by, for example, actively participating in Operational Experience Feedback (OEF) briefs and implementing learning identified from other facilities. 

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Emergency Planner:

  • Detail orientated, and able to work to stringent deadlines within a regulated environment.
  • High levels of integrity and the confidence to challenge the behaviour of others.
  • 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.
  • Experience of remaining calm under stressful circumstances. 
  • Ability to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency).

Desirable Criteria for Emergency Planner:

  • Experienced in working in a regulated environment.
  • Experience of emergency planning in a major accident industry.
  • Level 4 qualification (or equivalent experience) in an emergency planning or security discipline.
  • Experience of security decision making and an understanding of security systems management.
  • Has undertaken formal Emergency management and planning training (or equivalent), for example those provided by the Cabinet Office’s Emergency Planning College.
  • Experience in security-based function.

About the Company

NNL is an incredible place to work A place where people do things that have never been done before A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business, and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

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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