Nuclear Safety Site Inspector

Job Description

Job Title: Principal Engineer - Independent Nuclear Assurance

Location: Barrow-in-Furness. We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements - please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role

Salary: Competitive

What you'll be doing:

  • Performing independent inspection, surveillance and concurrence of nuclear work on facilities, plant, equipment and nuclear support services, on-board and on-site to evaluate the nuclear and radiological safety and security performance at Barrow
  • Inspecting and assessing the business's capability to progress the submarine build and/or projects in the Site Redevelopment Programme to their relevant next stage through the 'Hold Point Control' process
  • Inspecting the business against the requirements of relevant legislation to assess the business' level of compliance
  • Communicating, both in writing and verbally, the conclusions of inspections and their findings to various stakeholders at all levels, including external regulators, board members, senior managers and business peers
  • Independently assessing the business' emergency arrangements exercises, providing feedback to those developing and maintaining the arrangements
  • Providing oversight and challenge to various safety/ security committees and groups to ensure due process is being followed, and continuing nuclear safety is not compromised
  • Maintaining oversight of Independent Peer Review activity related to safety documentation aligned with individual Assurance Plans
  • Developing, maintaining and deploying an effective Operational Experience feedback system for the Barrow site that encompasses all relevant nuclear and radiological incidents and events, from both internal and external sources

Your skills and experiences:


  • Working knowledge of nuclear site licence conditions/authorisation conditions & working on a nuclear licenced sites from a similar role and/or security regulations
  • Experience of managing programmes of work within the nuclear industry or equivalent highly regulated industry
  • Experience of engaging and influencing senior management and external regulators


  • Marine Engineering Submariner background - Nuclear Plant Operators
  • Degree or equivalent in STEM subject
  • Experience in Audit & Regulation


You'll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You'll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts - you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Our Independent Nuclear Assurance Team:

As an Independent Nuclear Assurance Inspector, you will be working as part of a group of regulatory inspectors reporting to the Senior Engineering Manager (Independent Nuclear Assurance). The Independent Nuclear Assurance team acts as the internal regulator for the Submarines business, forming an evidence-based independent view of the business' nuclear and radiological safety and security performance.

Through delivery of a comprehensive inspection programme, the team develops the evidence to support its findings and conclusions and has the opportunity to influence change at every level of the business including, the safety of our boat delivery programmes. The team form part of the Nuclear Safety and Regulation Department within the Nuclear Safety and Security Directorate.

One of the main attractions of this role is the opportunity to work with all areas of the business. With the diversity of this role, you can be one day carrying out an on-board boat or facility inspection and the next interviewing a director in relation to a specific business requirement.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you'll be able to make a real difference. You'll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you'll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

Closing Date: 5th April 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.