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Security Consultant

Job Introduction

Job Description for Security Consultant:

This is where your skills play a critical role in keeping everyone safe. Working in Safety, Security & Safeguards gives you the chance to make your mark on some hugely interesting projects. NNL does work that nobody else in the sector is doing, and this means we need experts like you to make it possible, whilst keeping everyone safe. We’re committed to using nuclear science to benefit society for years to come. This means that you can build a long and successful career here whilst playing a meaningful role in delivering cleaner energy, reducing waste and keeping colleagues and the public out of harm’s way.

As a duty-holder under the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations, responsible for the security of nuclear and radiological materials and facilities and providing support to the wider nuclear sector:

  • We/you will provide delivery and technical leadership of security and threat reduction projects in the Safety, Security and Safeguards team to time, cost and quality.
  • Our work includes a diverse range of activity covering all aspects of security assessment and management for operational facilities during routine operations, and specifying future requirements during facility modification and design projects, including to next generation reactors.
  • We apply our operational experience in the support of external clients developing secure solutions. 

You may not have nuclear sector experience, but come from a security design engineering, or security management background – these skills are directly transferable. We will support you in developing your sector specific knowledge, enabling you to maintain and apply your technical skills and experience within the Safeguards and Security areas.

As the UK National Nuclear Laboratory we have committed internal investment to an ambitious Security & Non-Proliferation (S&NP) Focus Area within which there will be opportunities to support the laboratory in thought-leadership, innovation, and external engagement with domestic and international partners. Security work areas include (but are not limited to):

  • threat assessment.
  • vital area identification.
  • security vulnerability assessment.
  • physical, technical and operational security.
  • integrated security and defence in depth, addressing regulatory policy and guidance to operational facilities.
  • security risk assessment.

The team is dedicated, hard-working and passionate about the work they do.  The location for the role is flexible although some travel will be necessary to support business needs.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Security Consultant:

  • Technical delivery of projects in the Safeguards and Security areas to time, cost, quality, value and service requirements.  Customers may include any UK civil or defence nuclear facility or operator.
  • Support the Security and Non-Proliferation (S&NP) Focus Area in domestic and international engagement, thought-leadership, innovation, and collaboration to ensure the Laboratory delivers nuclear science and technology to benefit society through the safe and secure application of nuclear technology. Active engagement in the internal Community of Practice is actively encouraged to aid development, learning and sharing of best practice.
  • Interfacing with internal and external stakeholders as necessary (e.g., BEIS, IAEA) to effect successful delivery of projects.
  • Development and management of customer, regulator and stakeholder relationships including identification and development of new opportunities for the team.
  • Contributing to the development of new security capabilities through sharing previous experience, aiding the development of innovative approaches and providing insight.
  • Maintaining technical awareness of both NNL and external capability within the area.
  • Working as part of multi-disciplinary teams addressing security challenges and delivering solutions. You may need to convey security threats, rationale for security decisions, etc. to non-security professionals and decision makers, whilst maintaining cognisance of information security. 
  • Developing and maintaining individual competency.
  • Seeking appropriate membership of suitable professional bodies, promote professional standards, and undertake Continuing Professional Development.
  • Seek opportunities for membership of relevant committees and advisory boards to represent NNL.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Security Consultant:

  • Degree in relevant science or engineering discipline (or have equivalent practical security experience).
  • Strong knowledge and experience with proven track record in a security-related field.
  • Ability to evaluate and translate requests for support into effective task delivery.
  • Proven ability to both act independently under own initiative and to work in a team.
  • Good networking skills.
  • Strong communication skills, including multi-site working.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake and secure an enhanced security clearance.
  • 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 Security Consultant:

  • Membership of a professional institution or working towards this qualification.
  • Experience of working with Government.
  • Mentoring skills to mentor and develop junior staff.

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.

Recruitment Agency Notice

We operate a strict Preferred Supplier List (PSL) for the provision of recruitment services. Only agencies on our PSL may provide CVs and only when the role is released to them by our recruitment team. We will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL. We explicitly reserve the right to add candidate details from unsolicited CVs from non-PSL agencies into our own candidate database and to pursue/hire such candidate(s) without any obligation, financial or otherwise, to the agency concerned.

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