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Operations Compliance Officer

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Job Introduction

Job Description for Operations Compliance Officer: 

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.

We have an exciting opportunity for someone with practical experience within a chemical/biological environment that is looking for a career change into nuclear safety. For the right candidate, extensive support over 18-24 months will be provided including training, self-study periods and formal qualifications to become an Operational Compliance Officer within NNL.

The Operational Compliance Officer (OCO) is a highly visible position of authority within NNL supporting the Operations Manager to ensure the company's continued compliance to all regulations governing the nuclear industry and Site Licence Conditions.

The role holder will be interfacing with a variety of subject matter experts, safety disciplines and technical personnel to make informed decisions in undertaking effective and efficient authorising of work, control and supervising the broad spectrum of operational activities as well as undertaking facility wide assurance activities. The OCO team control all operations and thus provide guidance and advice to the wider business (technical and project teams) in ensuring understanding of the plant safety case to support project delivery.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in working in a chemical/biological laboratory or plant environment and ideally would have a working knowledge of health and safety and regulatory legislation. An attention to detail, the ability work to stringent deadlines and self-drive is essential.

Following the training period, a formal appointment interview will be required once fully qualified and experienced with our plant operations.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Operations Compliance Officer: 

Following training and formal appointment the OCO will be:

  • Accountable for control and supervision of operations as a Duly Authorised Person (DAP).
  • Responsible for the provision of a safe and secure plant, with daily inspections to open and close laboratories. The OCO has the authority to cease any operations they deem unsafe or impacts security arrangements.
  • Responsible for providing support, review and authorisation of all work packages (routine or non-routine) for their area(s) of responsibility.
  • Ensuring documentation is compliant with the plant safety case/legislation/licence conditions etc for their areas(s) of responsibility.
  • Undertaking regular plant inspections, audits and Task Observations and managing any corrective actions raised.
  • Ability to apply Conservative or Operational Decision Making (CDM/ODM) when fault conditions arise.
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) for their area(s) of responsibility they shall keep abreast of all applicable Rules and Regulations and manage their application.
  • Responsible for controlling all access under defined security arrangements for their area(s) of responsibility.
  • The primary point of contact for any incidents / events occurring within their area(s) of responsibility to take control of and manage the situation.
  • Authorised signatory to release their plant for maintenance and accept back into operations.
  • Responsible for oversight of material movements (non-active or radioactive) within their area(s) of responsibility.
  • Supporting the Compliance Operations Manager in delivering assurance activities.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Operations Compliance Officer: 

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a scientific/health and safety discipline.
  • Experience within laboratory environments working to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Ability to demonstrate supervisory experience for laboratory/plant operations.
  • Evidence of self-motivation with demonstrable levels of drive, energy and resilience.
  • Ability to demonstrate conservative decision making, even in high pressure situations
  • Ability to communicate key information both verbal and written with customers, suppliers and stakeholders.
  • 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 Operations Compliance Officer: 

  • Working knowledge of conventional safety, nuclear and security legislation.
  • Experience of application of safe systems of work.
  • Awareness of Safety Case implementation methodology.
  • IOSH Managing Safely.
  • Experience in incident control and emergency response.

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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