DE&S Explosives Inspector

  • Job Reference: 156540
  • Date Posted: 11 October 2021
  • Employer: Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
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  • Location: MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol, BS34 8JH
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £37,400 to £44,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: Generous benefits package
  • Sector: Engineering, Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Full Time, Part Time, Flexi
  • Duration: Permanent

Job Description

Job description for Explosives Inspector

Are you passionate about the defence of the United Kingdom, with a good moral compass and a drive to protect people? Do you want to work in an environment where you can develop your skills and experience whilst working to support the UK’s Armed Forces? If so, a unique and interesting opportunity has arisen for an Explosives Inspector to join us at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

This role offers you an exciting opportunity to support the UK Armed Forces by joining the Inspector of Explosives (DE&S) team. In the Inspector of Explosives team, you will be joining a team responsible for the assurance and licensing of all explosives storage and processing facilities operated and managed by Defence Munitions, Head Office Corporate Support (HOCS), TLB MoD Police sites, and Defence Science and Technology Services (Dstl) explosives facilities.

If you are seeking a challenging role, offering great development opportunities and the chance to make a real difference in supporting our Armed Forces, apply today!

Due to its secure nature, this post is reserved for sole UK nationals

Responsibilities for Explosives Inspector

As our Explosives Inspector, you will be responsible for preparing explosives licences, conducting formal inspections and other assurance activities, and providing day-to-day direction and advice to the operators of these facilities. You will also liaise with the Defence Ordnance Safety Regulator (DOSR) on Defence OME (Ordnance Munitions and Explosive) Regulatory matters.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

– Planning and conducting inspections of DE&S, HOCS and Dstl explosives facilities in accordance with Defence OME Regulations
– Providing formal inspection reports detailing the observations and recommendations for rectifying non-compliances encountered and other areas for improvement; ensuring timely implementation of all rectification required
– Preparing explosives licences in accordance with Defence OME Regulations manually or using the Defence Electronic Licensing Database (DELS) and other licensing tools
– Ensuring completion of relevant safety documentation required to support explosives licensing, such as Explosives Safety Cases, Consequence Analyses and Technical Advice
– Providing advice and guidance to operators of explosives facilities on compliance with Defence OME Regulations and areas for improvement

What you will be assessed against

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

• You will hold Chartered or Incorporated Engineer status or will demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
• You will have experience of safety and engineering of OME and related MOD regulations and codes of practice
• You will have demonstrable experience in licensing, inspection and safety assurance of explosive storage sites and processing facilities and application of the associated regulations
• You will have completed a relevant OME training course, such as: Ammunition Technician (AT), Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) or Explosives Storage Area Management (ESAM), or demonstrate equivalent relevant experience

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

• Complies with Systems Safety requirements (Practitioner)
• Technical Decision Making (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 between 26.6% and 30.3% 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.

Whilst you will be based out of the listed location, DE&S promotes Smarter working, which provides flexibility over where work is carried out whilst ensuring organisational outcomes are delivered effectively and efficiently. We adopt an ‘attend for a purpose’ approach in relation to visits to site.

Find out more about what DE&S offers by clicking here. Please refer to the Civil Service Pensions Retirement Modeller to get an indication of the benefits you may receive from your Civil Service Pension, when you come to retire.

We value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce. We promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment and a working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation.

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.