Nuclear Regulator

Environment Agency

Penrith, Cumbria / Preston, Lancashire
£60,651 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental management

Closing date: Tuesday, 28th May 2024  

Nuclear Regulator
Grade – N1a

About Us

We are currently recruiting for a Nuclear Regulator to join our team.

At the Environment Agency, we are responsible for regulating the disposal of radioactive waste across the whole of the nuclear industry in England. Whether it be an operational power station, or a new build project, our regulators work with nuclear operators to ensure the highest levels of environmental protection are achieved.

Why Choose Us:

  • Make a real difference: By joining our team, your work will actively contribute to building a more resilient and sustainable environment in which we can all thrive and tackling the challenges posed by climate change head-on.
  • Professional growth: The Environment Agency offers opportunities for career advancement and the chance to work on diverse and impactful projects; you’ll gain valuable experience and enhance your skills as part of our dedicated team.
  • Continuous learning: It’s not just your own professional development that will be encouraged. You’ll play a vital role in coordinating the delivery of technical training and mentoring of staff on regulation activities.
  • Collaboration and partnership: Collaborate with experienced professionals in a supportive and inclusive environment, and play a key role where continuous learning, through your coordination and delivery of technical training and the mentoring of staff on monitoring activities will ensure a consistent and professional service.
  • Champion Health, Safety and Wellbeing: Become the champion for Health and Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) practices. You will play a leadership role in promoting a positive HSW culture across the regulation team.
  • Incident Response: Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You’ll be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.

What will you do?

As a site regulator, you’ll be the focal point for all Environment Agency interacts on site. You’ll be part of one of our specialist teams and have the opportunity to broaden your skills across a number of sectors of the nuclear industry such as nuclear new build and geological disposal.

You’ll provide specialist advice, guidance and support to our senior managers/external partners, in line with relevant legislation and best practice in order to effectively underpin risk-based decision making and support environmental outcomes.

Developing, reviewing and improving technical documentation, to enable consistent/appropriate understanding and application in the business that enables effective service provision will fall under your remit. You’ll establish and maintain good relationships with internal and external partners to influence their activities and promote and enhance the Environment Agency’s goals and reputation.

You’ll develop and implement systems and tools for monitoring and reporting on service delivery, to assess and interpret operational performance/compliance and advise senior managers on implications and appropriate action.

You’ll develop, maintain and share technical expertise with staff to improve knowledge and competence throughout the organisation as required. Lead or support local / national project teams to achieve well planned and managed integrated solutions that progress effective change and improvement in the Environment Agency.

What will I need?


A Scientific Degree or equivalent vocational experience, you’ll need proven experience and a sound knowledge of relevant UK legislation relevant to radioactive substances regulation and other relevant legislation, to enable you to regulate against and an appreciation of the challenges the industry faces. Experience of radiological monitoring or radiological assessment or knowledge of radiochemistry (which could be from working in the nuclear industry or scientific community)

We expect our Nuclear Regulators to join us with significant experience of working in the nuclear industry or regulating You’ll be able to lead and understand our work from day one as well as.

Proof that you have lived in the UK for the last 3 years in line with Environment Agency enhanced security checks is essential.

You’ll also need:

  • Experience of leading compliance audit and inspection programmes at nuclear sites; lead or support project teams undertaking work on nuclear regulation to ensure consistency across the business.
  • The ability to assess technical information relating to radioactive waste, associated environment protection equipment and discharges from nuclear sites.
  • The ability to advise a range of customers in the nuclear industry on the legislation we enforce and the standards we expect to see.
  • Technical competency over a wide range of data management issues including use of computerised management record/data systems.
  • The ability to determine, review and vary environmental permits, for existing or new build sites.

You’ll also possess:

  • Exceptional communication and influencing skills and able to explain our role to members of the public and answer their queries.
  • Significant experience of working in a customer-facing role and an understanding of good customer practice.
  • Ability to prioritise work to ensure tasks are achieved.

The role will be based across office and nuclear site locations in England so there will be frequent and occasionally unscheduled travel. Occasional overseas travel may be required. Nuclear sites are generally not conveniently accessible by public transport; hence the post requires a full UK driving licence.

What’s in it for you?

You’ll benefit from a culture that embraces difference and is inclusive where you’ll feel supported and trusted to do the right thing. We’ll invest in you and allow you to grow and shape your career.

What’s more, you’ll have access to our great benefits package including: 

  • A competitive salary of £60,651
  • 27 days holiday + 8 bank holidays
  • Great career opportunities
  • Maternity, paternity, and adoption leave scheme.
  • A range of flexible working options plus many more!

As an organisation, we strive to reflect the communities we serve, to achieve this we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, sexual orientation, and religion.

Apply now and embark on a rewarding and fulfilling career journey with the Environment Agency!

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 28th May 2024.

Interviews will be conducted w/c 10th June 2024.

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