Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Vacancy for Band 3 - Nuclear Safety Inspector - Operational Inspector

Location Bootle, Cheltenham & London
Salary £67,931 - £80,787 (plus an additional £3,992 London Weighting Allowance if the successful individual is London based)
Close date 23 Nov 2018

Job description

The Nuclear Safety Inspector role

Nuclear Inspectors are expected to be capable of undertaking a variety of roles:

  • Inspecting sites
  • Assessing technical safety cases
  • Enforcing the law and influencing improvement
  • Investigating incidents;
  • Developing strategic approaches to secure high standards in the industry
  • Managing nuclear research contracts etc

The role of a Nuclear Inspector is varied and you are likely to undertake a range of duties during your career. Some Inspectors concentrate on undertaking planned and reactive inspections on site, while others will mainly assess safety submissions or manage discrete intervention projects.

However, the focus is on working as teams to ensure compliance with the law, reassure the public and improve safety standards. When Inspectors find shortcomings in compliance they initially provide advice but may take formal enforcement action if appropriate.  The powers available to inspectors enable them to serve Enforcement Notices and ultimately initiate prosecutions.  There is also a wide range of powers available under nuclear license conditions.

Operational Inspector 

What is the role of an Inspector in ONR?

ONR’s regulatory function is delivered primarily through the engagement of its operational and specialist inspectors with Licensees, dutyholders and stakeholders. In order to secure the efficient and timely delivery of its regulatory and other functions, the deployment of our operational inspectors is organised into programmes and much of our work is delivered through the application of programme management practices.

Our operational inspectors engage with licensees and dutyholders across the full breadth of the nuclear industry and, consequently, their work is varied, exciting and challenging. The core aspects of their regulatory activities include:

  • Planning, developing, coordinating and delivering inspections of the dutyholder’s activities;
  • Influencing, persuading and using enforcement action to ensure that site operators are compliant with their legal duties and are maintaining or improving nuclear safety so far as is reasonably practicable;
  • Providing advice to actual or prospective licensees and influencing the adoption of relevant good nuclear safety practices; 
  • Mentoring, coaching and developing less experienced staff;
  • Representing ONR at meetings with stakeholders to present and explain our regulatory activities;
  • Producing timely, professional reports on our activities.


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