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Nuclear Safety Inspector – Leadership & Management for Safety (LMfS) (REF: )

£71,033 - £85,309 | Bootle, London, Cheltenham

Nuclear Safety Inspector – Leadership & Management for Safety (LMfS)

£71,033 - £85,309 (plus £4,052 London Weighting Allowance if applicable) + generous benefits

Bootle, Cheltenham, London


A unique organisation.

A role like no other.

Join ONR as a Nuclear Safety Inspector.


The challenge

Often in the public eye, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is an evolving public corporation. Essentially, we’re responsible for shaping and delivering the regulation of nuclear safety and security across the UK. Our inspectors ensure that the nuclear industry controls its hazards effectively, has a culture of continuous improvement and maintains high standards. It’s a role that comes with responsibility, but also great variety and the chance to develop professionally. 

The role

As part of our Nuclear Safety Inspector team, you’ll take on an exciting challenge that’s right at the heart of work. Every day, our Inspectors check compliance, improve safety standards and reassure the public. Tasks can range from enforcing the law and investigating incidents, to on-site inspections and assessing safety submissions, depending on specialism. In all cases, Inspectors must work with numerous stakeholders, giving advice, explaining decisions and taking formal enforcement action if necessary.

Among the key factors affecting safety at nuclear sites is leadership – are senior managers leading people and processes well? As a Nuclear Safety Inspector specialising in Leadership & Management for Safety, you’ll assess the organisational and cultural aspects of management, including how leaders inspire and set the tone. It’s essential that senior staff make good decisions, create a suitable culture, and maintain a skilled and motivated workforce, with effective succession planning and change management. There should also be an open, improvement-focused approach, with teams encouraged to learn safety lessons from the wider nuclear industry and other industries.   

The person

At this level, you’ll need a degree (or equivalent) and preferably membership of a relevant professional body. You’ll also have worked in Leadership & Management for Safety in a high hazard industry, ideally the nuclear field. Whatever your background, you’ll bring some knowledge of Safety Management, Change Management, Capability & Competence, Quality Management and the impact of organisational and cultural factors on safety performance. Legal and regulatory expertise aren’t essential – we will provide full and structured training in this area as part of gaining your warrant. As part of expert team, you’ll continue to deepen your specialist knowledge so you can grow and progress. However, to be considered, you must have the ability to influence and inspire trust. Collaborative and organised, you apply sound judgement, make informed decisions, build relationships and communicate clearly. And, with your natural resilience, you thrive in a fast-paced setting.

The rewards

We offer competitive salaries at the ONR, with this role attracting a salary of ££71,033 - £85,309 (plus £4,052 London Weighting Allowance if applicable). Furthermore, you’ll be eligible for a substantial Civil Service Pension scheme (including ill-health retirement and lump sum family benefits). Plus, you’ll receive a generous holiday entitlement.


About us

ONR is a Public Corporation with a Mission to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry, holding it to account on behalf of the public. Our staff are drawn from a wide range of professional backgrounds with specialist inspectors to deliver our core business including civil engineering, radiological protection, human factors, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear physics. And together they’re involved in everything from assessing safety cases, inspecting nuclear sites, communicating our decisions, training new recruits and representing the UK and ONR within the wider international nuclear community.


To find out more and apply, visit our website.

Closing date: 11 June 2021