Independent Assessor

Environmental services, Nuclear
Not specified
Contract type:
Full time
Salary description:
£35, 189 per annum (DOE)
Specialist areas:
Quality assurance (main), Audit/assessment
Start Date:
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited
Job Ref:

Dounreay is Scotland's largest decommissioning project and is widely recognised as Europe's most complex nuclear closure programme. For more than 50 years it was known as the centre of the UK's fast reactor research and development and now the team is aiming to be recognised as a centre of excellence for nuclear decommissioning. Dounreay offers an opportunity to be involved in some of the UK's most challenging technical projects, developing unique skills and experiences which are increasingly in demand across the industry.

Be part of it:
The Independent Challenge & Oversight team provides assurance to internal and external stakeholders that DSRL is operating to adequate Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Quality (HSSEQ) standards and processes. A vacancy has arisen within the team for an Independent Assessor with proven operational or project experience to undertake facility inspection, surveillance and verification activities.

Main Responsibilities:
• Plan, undertake, review and report on Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality (HSSEQ) assessments
• Participate in Readiness Reviews completed to support the release of Internal Holdpoints
• Conduct facility inspections and participate in safety observations and other walk-rounds
• Present inspection and verification findings to internal and external stakeholders, including submission of formal reports
• Participate in unusual occurrence/loss control formal investigations
• Evaluate actions taken to address non compliances

Desirable Aptitudes and Experience:
• Qualified to at least HND in Science/Engineering or an equivalent qualification
• NEBoSH certificate would be an advantage but is not essential
• Minimum 2 year’s experience in operations/ projects/ engineering discipline
• Formal auditor qualifications (e.g. ISO 9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001 lead auditor)
• Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders and managing their expectations (e.g. NDA, ONR and SEPA)
• Nuclear Site Licence Company experience
• An understanding of the philosophy behind the application of regulatory and legislative requirements
• Familiar with Safety, Security and Environmental Management systems and procedures
• An understanding of the hazards and controls associated with radioactive material handling and transportation (including UK RAM Transport requirements)
• Experience of performing HSSEQ audit, inspection and surveillance activities during execution phases of major projects
• The ability to work under pressure to time deadlines whilst maintaining quality of output
• Be self-motivated, assertive and willing to challenge
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills

The package includes relocation assistance (where appropriate), a company pension scheme and generous annual leave entitlement.

The successful candidate will be required to hold SC security clearance or be prepared to undergo security vetting to attain this level.

Applications can be downloaded from

For further information, contact: Jon Hanrahan on 01847 806 249
or email:
Applications to: HR Department, Traill House, 7 Olrig Street,
Thurso, KW14 7BJ or by email to
Reference number: 15/18
Closing date: 21 March 2018
Interviews to be held: Week commencing 09 April 2018

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited
Tel: 01847 802077
Contact: Kelsey Christie

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