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Senior Nuclear Safety Engineer

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Clearance Level
DV, SC, None / Undisclosed
Aerospace, Defence, Nuclear
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AtkinsRéalis are key partners in the delivery of key defence nuclear projects in the UK and internationally. We provide a full range of project services which includes project and programme management, engineering, and assurance.

If you are ready to be a Senior Nuclear Safety Engineer, then we would love you to join our team. We are looking for people with strong technical and communication skills, who thrive in solving the most complex nuclear and defence safety problems and enjoy working in multidisciplinary project teams.  We want people that will grow with us and adapt to the challenges of our clients and our business.

Your purpose:

We want you to help us deliver a range of exciting major defence related programmes across the UK.  This includes the design and construction of new infrastructure, life extensions and upgrades, maintaining ongoing operations, and decommissioning. You will be involved with all aspects of safety case support, including:

  • Shaping the nuclear safety case strategy.
  • Working closely with project partners to ensure a safety informed design.
  • Engaging with stakeholders to facilitate ‘Right First Time’ delivery.
  • Undertaking safety assessments and safety analysis.
  • Producing safety reports and other technical documents.

Whilst your office base will be in Bristol, Manchester, Aldershot, Silchester or Glasgow, flexibility in work location is a must-from time to time our clients do call on our team to deliver work from their sites.


The role will entail providing safety case support throughout the design life of a facility and/or operation. You will support our clients in managing nuclear safety and ensuring compliance with Licence Conditions and/or Authorisation Condition. You will typically provide technical leadership for:

  • Hazard/Fault Identification Studies (e.g., HAZID, HAZOP, FMEA, etc).
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Hazard Analysis Assessments.
  • Radiological Hazard Assessments.
  • Safety Case Report production (e.g., PSR, PCSR, etc).
  • ALARP Assessments.
  • Support to Engineering Substantiation activities.
  • Liaison with regulatory organisations (e.g., ONR, DNSR).
  • Development and review of Safety Management Arrangements.
  • Managing/Leading Safety Case activities and teams.

As a Senior Nuclear Safety Engineer, you will also be expected to:

  • Mentor others in a technical capacity.
  • Assist in the production of bids and proposals to aid business growth.
  • Implement and contribute to safety initiatives.
  • Build relationships and networks within AtkinsRéalis, our clients and partners.

What you can bring?

  • You have a proven track record in safety, ideally within the defence and nuclear domain, or other highly regulated industries.
  • You are ready to make the next step in your career and to join a team that will provide opportunities for growth.
  • You will be hungry to expand your knowledge and experience and, thrive in a stretching but supportive environment.
  • You will enjoy innovating and problem solving.
  • You embrace the digital world and be eager to explore how it can be used in the nuclear safety environment.
  • You like to engage with others, making positive strides to aid others develop and grow.
  • You enjoy explaining complex ideas, helping people to ‘get it’, and then watch them go on and achieve more.
  • You are approachable and can easily build and develop relationships and networks.

In addition to having excellent communication, presentation and problem-solving skills you will also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Honours Degree (or equivalent) in physics, mechanical engineering, or closely related discipline (2:1 minimum).
  • Chartered (or working towards Chartership status).
  • Technical practitioner in the Nuclear/Defence domains, able to demonstrate good engineering judgement with experience in applying fundamental engineering principles.
  • Excellent written skills, and an eye for detail that means you can produce and review high-quality technical reports.
  • Demonstratable evidence of being a leader of technical teams and development of more junior staff.
  • Motivated and driven to meet delivery/cost targets without compromising quality.
  • Awareness of their own technical limitations and using the help and support of others to deliver.
  • Must be eligible to obtain an appropriate level of Security Clearance.

Read more about how you can thrive with us: Equality, diversity & inclusion in the UK & Europe (

Why work for AtkinsRéalis?

People join us because they share a desire to be at the forefront of the ADS&T Business Unit and deliver outstanding projects. We empower our people to be the professional individuals they want to be, working on projects they feel proud of, making a difference to the world they live in and the legacy they leave behind.

We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive, without exception. We have signed the MoD's "Women in Defence" and "Women in Aviation and Aerospace" charters. These pledges include providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. We're also committed to being a Military friendly employer and have been recognised with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Gold Employer Recognition Award.

We develop individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house as well as external training for all our staff.

Meeting your needs:

When you start with us, you'll enjoy "Total Reward", a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs. From flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk about any adjustments you might need.

New name, new era. We are AtkinsRéalis.  It will take some time for all our information to update – you can still refer to our fantastic benefits via the link below:

YourReward at AtkinsRéalis (

More about us:

AtkinsRéalis, is a top global consultancy with over 100 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world. 

AtkinsRéalis, is where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join. We're also a Silver Rating holder in the Aerospace & Defence sector, as per the Financial Times rating of the UK’s leading management consultants.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects: AtkinsRéalis Projects ( 

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. The vetting process is delivered by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) and may require candidates to provide proof of residency in the UK of 5 years or longer. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.


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At AtkinsRéalis, we seek to hire individuals with diverse characteristics, backgrounds and perspectives. We strongly believe that world-class talent makes no distinctions based on gender, ethnic or national origin, sexual identity and orientation, age, religion or disability, but enriches itself through these differences.  

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