Head of Safety, Health, Quality, Environment and Resilience

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

We are recruiting an experienced Chartered Safety Professional for our Head of Safety, Health, Quality, Environment and Resilience (SHEQR) to develop, champion and lead the delivery of the strategic agenda for SHEQR across our organisation. We have a world leading reputation and you will play a pivotal role in the development of the safety and environmental culture contributing to UKAEA’s mission. 

Providing technical knowledge, expertise and advice on all aspects of SHEQR best practice, you will be a strategic planner and have exceptional leadership and influencing skills. You will have proven experience in a senior position successfully managing and motivating a specialist team, leading individuals to embrace change and ensure their capabilities are developed. 

The ability to liaise and build strong relationships with key stakeholders is critical, as is the confidence to seek opportunities to challenge the status quo for continuous improvement. You will have a highly developed commercial awareness and will be comfortable taking calculated risks to deliver outcomes and increase productivity in a delivery focused environment. 

What will you be responsible for?

  • Develop and implement a SHEQR strategy, operating model and plan that enables continual improvement that supports the UKAEA Strategy, BEIS requirements, standards and legislation
  • Manage, coach and lead the SHEQR Team, ensuring that the organisational structure, technical and behavioural competencies are aligned in order to deliver optimised advice and service to the business
  • Provide oversight and management information of SHEQR matters via Programme and Project Boards, challenging performance as appropriate.
  • Act as the Chief Operating Officer’s key advisor on Safety and Environmental legislative and statuary compliance issues
  • Lead in the development of a proactive and continuous improvement SHEQR culture, proactively engaging colleagues to embed this
  • Lead the strategic co-ordination of Business Resilience (Business Continuity, Emergency Planning and Security) plan and in conjunction with the COO, lead the UKAEA’s crisis reaction team
  • Deliver the organisational SHEQR capability to support the delivery model; maintaining structure and focus on delivery whilst identifying and developing best practice
  • Act as a role model and provide technical knowledge, expertise and advice to the organisation, Directors and relevant committees in SHEQR matters in accordance with legislation, standards and best practice

Please note: this role is based on site at Culham with travel to other UKAEA sites on a regular basis. 

Up to £80,000 excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Type of Employment

Additional Information

Additional information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 09/10/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.


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What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

  • Other assessments

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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