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5 Mar 2021

Full-Time SDA Assistant Environmental Protection Engineer

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Thurso, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Description

£28,900 – £34,000, per annum (plus benefits).

Job description

Do you want to be part of a diverse multi-disciplined team and play a key role in supporting the security of the UK? If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our national security then we want to hear from you.

This role offers you the opportunity to work within a diverse and multi-disciplined team, as part of the Engineering Function of the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA). The SDA is responsible for the United Kingdom’s submarine build, in-service, dismantling and disposal, a top priority of the UK’s defence programme and one of the largest UK programmes in existence. Our Engineering function enables the delivery of equipment and support by providing specialist expertise in domain-related disciplines.

The SDA have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Environmental Protection Engineer, at the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment (NRTE) site – located on the far north coast of Scotland, approximately 10 miles west of Thurso, next to the Dounreay civil nuclear establishment – which, for over 50 years, has directly supported the UK’s submarine service. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and experience, as the team completes its remaining operational activities and prepares to enter the challenging decommissioning phase.

Please note that, due to security requirements, this post is open to sole UK nationals only.


As an Assistant Environmental Protection Engineer at the SDA Vulcan site, you will have a golden opportunity to build a depth and breadth of experience offered nowhere else in the UK today. Nuclear Reactor operation at Vulcan ceased in 2015 after it was announced that there was no further requirement for future critical testing. The focus of work in the near term will be defueling the reactor, carrying out fuel management and subsequently site decommissioning.

Working as part of a small on-site team will afford you involvement in the decommissioning programme and an opportunity to interact with the wider SDA and MOD, along with a bespoke insight into the wider submarine service. It will also offer you the opportunity to develop your training portfolio within the role and work towards a formal waste and environmental qualification.

As an Assistant Environmental Protection Engineer, you will play a key role in providing support on environmental and waste issues, whilst supporting Project Managers and the Head of Establishment at Vulcan NRTE, acting as part of the Intelligent Customer team. You will have responsibility for managing both nuclear and non-nuclear regulators, and for the management of the waste assay contract.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• You will be qualified to a minimum of Level 4 (e.g. HNC) in a relevant Engineering or Science discipline coupled with suitable and relevant experience OR be qualified to Level 6 (e.g. BEng or BSc) in a relevant Engineering or Science

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• It will be beneficial if you have waste management experience from within a regulated industry
• It will be beneficial if you have experience of wider environmental regulations

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

• Implementation of policy and procedures (Practitioner)
• Application of Analytical techniques (Supervised Practitioner)
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

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Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the Armed Forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: assistant, Defence, Engineer, Environmental, Protection, SDA, and Thurso. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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