Job Vacancy - Offshore Safety Specialist - Norwich
A key operational arm of HSE, Energy Division (ED) regulates the UK's Offshore Oil and Gas industry, pipelines, mines, diving and renewable power generation. We employ around 140 professional engineers and scientists to do this.
We have a history of progressive regulation to secure control of both existing and emerging risks. Respected internationally for our independent status and integrity, we have a long-standing reputation for technical expertise which can be applied logically to deliver effective, proportionate solutions enabling hazardous activities to be managed safely. Offshore safety and the linked environmental protection remains a high government priority.
We offer a real opportunity to influence and improve safety across a wide range of activities both on and offshore, including ageing installations, new exploration and production programmes, safe decommissioning and the most high tech innovations.
The UK’s offshore industry is here for decades to come and so is the need for its regulator. This is your opportunity to be part of its future and to make a difference using your knowledge and skills whilst continuing your development within the unique variety and depth of challenge that Energy Division offers you.
Using your specialist knowledge of the offshore oil and gas industry you will:
• Be ED’s focal point for a number of duty holders in the offshore oil and gas industry. This will include planning, managing and conducting HSE’s regulatory interventions with them.
• Inspect and audit companies involved in offshore oil and gas operations and related activities, including leading and coordinating a multi discipline team of other Energy Division specialists;
• Lead the investigation of accidents, complaints and dangerous occurrences;
• Take enforcement action to ensure duty holder compliance with legislation, including issuing statutory notices;
• Prepare reports recommending prosecution and work with solicitors to take this forward;
• Advise employers and employees on legal requirements both verbally and in writing;
• Manage the assessment process for safety cases submitted for offshore installations and assess safety management and verification systems.
We are looking for high calibre individuals who can engage effectively with people at all levels within organisations and who can, under challenge, think strategically, identify underlying causes of issues and the action required to influence organisations to deal with these.
You will have:
• Strong communication skills to influence change at all levels in the organisations we regulate;
• Sound analytical skills to identify underlying deficiencies in risk management systems;
• Initiative and decisiveness, making sound decisions based on available evidence;
• Good organisational and planning skills delivering expected outcomes on time and to the required standard;
• The ability to work collaboratively while leading a multi-disciplinary team, maintaining positive professional working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders;
• Be able to write effective technical reports and present complex technical information in a clear and concise way for a non-technical audience.
You will be able to demonstrate the following competencies;
Making effective decisions
Leading and communicating
Collaborating and partnering
Delivering at pace
Seeing the big picture
You will hold a full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK unless reasonable adjustments can be made in line with the Equality Act 2010
A degree or equivalent qualification in engineering, science or closely related subject;
You must be able to satisfy the UK offshore medical & survival training requirements;
Chartered engineer (or equivalent) with substantial experience in an operational environment within the offshore oil and gas industry;
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
In addition to your salary you will be eligible for a non consolidated/non pensionable market supplement of up to £10 000
We invest in our people with;
- Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance-related awards
- Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contributes around 21%, far more than in the private sector.
- Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career
- Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave
- Comprehensive training to become a specialist inspector and support with CPD. As a Civil Servant, you can receive at least five days of learning and development each year to increase your skills and help further your career
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
To make an application, complete your CV and personal statement on Civil Service Jobs. Your personal statement (no more than 1200 words) will set out how you match the role requirements and competencies listed above:
IMPORTANT: Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
Russell Breen Operations manager,020 3028 1446 or 07879 661447
Sift/interview dates and location
Please note interviews will be held at Rosebery Court, St Andrew's Business Park, Norwich with provisional dates of 4th and 5th April.
The Civil Service Commissioners and the Civil Service Code:
HSE’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.
The Commissioners have two key functions:
- The first is to maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. For the most senior posts in the Civil Service, the Commissioners discharge their responsibilities directly by overseeing the recruitment process and chairing the final selection panel.
- The second is to promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code, which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it.
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Tracey.email@example.com in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Health and Safety Executive, you can contact the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners.
Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.
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