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Employment Type:  Full/Part Time
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  Competitive salary + Benefits

Bristol, GB

Career Area:  Engineering, Nuclear & Scientific

Commissioning Authority Engineer

A career that will deliver change. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero.  
•    Location: Aztec West 
•    Salary Competitive salary + Benefits
•    Permanent
•    Full Time
•    Closing Date: 10th May 2021 
•    Interview date: TBC

The Opportunity


Hinkley Point C is one of the largest engineering projects in the world and when operational will be the most complex nuclear installation in the UK. Bringing the plant to life is the job of the HPC commissioning team which has its own dedicated commissioning function. We are currently recruiting exceptional people to join our function team in a number of key engineering and management roles. 

You will be part of the team that sets the technical standard for 500,000 commissioning tests then delivers the processes and systems to allow our site teams to undertake those tests safely and efficiently. 


As a Commissioning Authority Engineer, you will report to the Commissioning Authority Manager and will undertake activities to exercise governance control, demonstrate process integrity through technical assurance and conduct regulatory interactions. You will also involve providing support to the HPC Technical Programme Directorate in fulfilling the need to substantiate plant performance against the requirements of the safety case.


Through continuous positive engagement with the commissioning delivery teams the you will help to create an enabling governance culture in which the whole Commissioning Programme works towards open and collaborative management and reporting at all levels of the organisation. This will include working beside engineers from other areas of the commissioning programme to identify and resolve problems that might prevent authorisation of testing activities.


As a Commissioning Authority Engineer, you will discharge governance, delegated authority, technical assurance and Intelligent Customer responsibilities in accordance with the arrangements have been put in place to meet the requirements of the Nuclear Site Licence and other statutory obligations placed on the Commissioning Programme. To meet these obligations, the Commissioning Authority which will act as a semi-independent body to oversee safe progression through inactive and active commissioning phases.

The Role


Your day to day responsibility will include: 


•    Directly reporting and accountable to the HPC Commissioning Authority Manager.
•    Execute the approved arrangements that have been put in place for the compliant conduct of HPC commissioning.
•    Carry out preparation for governance panels and committees at the direction of the chair including gathering evidence and ensuring that appropriate expertise is available to advise the chair.
•    Undertake assurance activities to provide demonstrable evidence that commissioning is being conducted in accordance with the approved arrangements.
•    Provide governance and compliance advice, guidance and opinions to the HPC Commissioning Programme and any other part of the licensee organisation.
•    Ensure that activities undertaken by or on behalf of the HPC commissioning programme meet all statutory provisions and obligations, and that regulatory expectations are understood and met.
•    Provide competent capability to take part in governance and assurance forums and to represent the Commissioning Authority Manager where required to do so.
•    Provide support and guidance to development of an adequate safety case to support the start of Inactive Commissioning and eventual progression to active commissioning and handover to commercial operation.
•    Be part of a Commissioning Authority team of up to 20 people, acting as a team member to support peers and management.
•    Take a leading role where necessary to apply influence to those inside and outside the Commissioning Authority team.
•    Direct and manage contractors where required, including supporting commercial decision-making.
•    Work within an extended network of independent subject matter experts and specialist contractors to provide planned and ad-hoc advisory services.

The Skills




•    Technical engineering or nuclear safety background.
•    Previous position in a UK licensee organisation.
•    Understanding of UK licensing and other statutory processes, the role of the licensee and the principles of an Intelligent Customer organisation.
•    Familiarity with safety case process and design substantiation.
•    Commercial awareness with an understanding of the impact of change.
•    Highly effective presentation, influencing and facilitation skills.
•    Excellent communication and organisational skills, able to develop relationships and maintain effective networks.
•    Degree qualified (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering discipline.
•    Chartered Engineer, chartered scientist or equivalent professional standing.
•    Experience of working within teams in a programme-driven project environment.




•    Experience of commissioning or operating complex nuclear installations, preferably in the UK.
•    Knowledge of nuclear, power generation or process plant systems.
•    French language skills would be beneficial.
•    Background working for a UK licensee or regulatory body.
•    Experience in chairing governance committees or independent panels relating to nuclear safety.
•    Practical experience of Nuclear Plant systems commissioning.

Competitive Salary & Benefits


At EDF we’re dedicated to offering flexible benefits that support our people across all aspects of their lives.  We’re delighted to offer a range of benefits to support our employees’ physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. 
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a company pension scheme, paid holidays and a range of flexible benefits listed below:  
Benefits Relevant to Role Advertised  
•    Company incentive bonus plan  
•    Flexible benefits 
•    Cycle to work scheme  
•    Critical illness insurance  
•    Financial wellness tool 
•    EDF discounts & products 
•    Technology vouchers  
•    Travel insurance  
•    Discounts & employee pricing  


Why EDF?


Join us in helping Britain Achieve Net Zero


We're EDF and together we’re working to create a cleaner energy future for everyone.  From our engineers to our customer service advisors, our scientists to our apprentices, every single one of us is committed to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions to zero.


We proudly work together to champion a low carbon lifestyle and collaborate widely in our search for innovations to achieve more. 


We’re about the people who work with us – a rich and unique mix of backgrounds and experiences that’s vital to shaping a strong and fresh-thinking organisation like ours. Whoever you are and wherever you come from, we’ll embrace the difference you bring and give you opportunities to thrive and succeed.  
Join us. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero. 

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