For one of our clients, an internationally renowned nuclear regulatory organisation, we are looking for Nuclear Safety Inspectors for Supply Chain to oversee the nuclear safety standards at new build and operational nuclear power plants.
The Nuclear Safety Inspector Role:   
Nuclear Inspectors are expected to be capable of undertaking a variety of roles:
  • Inspecting sites
  • Assessing technical safety cases
  • Enforcing the law and influencing improvement in safety cases
  • Investigating incidents;
  • Developing strategic approaches to secure high standards in the industry
  • Managing nuclear research contracts etc
The role of a Nuclear Inspector is varied and you are likely to undertake a range of duties during your career. Some Inspectors concentrate on undertaking planned and reactive inspections on site, while others will mainly assess safety submissions or manage discrete intervention projects.
However, the focus is on working as teams to ensure compliance, reassure the public and improve safety standards. When Inspectors find shortcomings in compliance they initially provide advice but may issue verbal and written warnings. The powers available to inspectors enable them to serve Enforcement Notices and ultimately initiate prosecutions. There is also a wide range of powers available under nuclear license conditions.
Nuclear Safety for Supply Chain:
Our client expects nuclear site licence holders (Licensees) to have supply chain management arrangements in place which ensure the delivery of nuclear plant, equipment and services ‘right first time’.
The arrangements should ensure that nuclear safety is adequately and proportionally taken into account when developing supply chain strategies and policies. A fundamental element of the arrangements is the Licensee’s procurement process controls such that appropriate levels of oversight and assurance are applied by the Licensee and all organisations within its supply chain.
The arrangements should include the cascade of safety, legal and regulatory requirements throughout the supply chain associated with the provision of nuclear plant, equipment and services.
Who do we need?
Can you see the ‘bigger picture’ and recognise the potential underlying causes of problems identified by a licensee or regulator? We need people who understand the importance of effective supply chain management in the nuclear industry and how poor performance can affect nuclear safety.
The inspectors need to be capable of assisting or leading inspections, engaging with senior managers and conducting assessments of safety submissions, to provide reasoned judgements on the adequacy of the licensee’s supply chain management arrangements to deliver and sustain nuclear safety. Of particular importance is the ability to prioritise issues based on their impact on nuclear safety and to be able to work in a dynamic environment.
Which areas are we interested in?
We are seeking people with knowledge and experience of some or all of the following:
  • The role that effective supply chain management has in delivering ‘right first time’, plant, equipment and services.
  • The specification of requirements and sourcing of suppliers for nuclear plant, equipment and services.
  • Assessing the capability of licensees and their supply chains to procure nuclear plant, equipment and services to the appropriate standards and specifications.
  • The management and oversight of supply chains in the nuclear or high hazard sector including deployment of quality assurance, control and improvement techniques.
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining management systems particularly relating to design, procurement, construction and manufacture of high risk plant and equipment.
  • The management and control of contractors undertaking safety related activities.
  • The impact of organisational and cultural factors, including values, attitude and behaviours on nuclear safety.
  • National and International codes and standards relating to quality management and their application.
  • International standards and guidance on safety management (e.g. IAEA, WANO/INPO, other regulators) and their application.
  • Knowledge of safety assessment principles on leadership and management for safety and associated technical assessment guidance.
Thomas Thor Associates is a recruitment and consulting organisation dedicated to the nuclear industry. We recruit for roles in nuclear new build, operations, decommissioning, research and waste management and our clients include nuclear regulators, operators, engineering companies and research organisations.
How to apply?
For an informal conversation and more details, please send your CV to Anelia Koleva on a.koleva@thomas-thor.com or call +44 203 695 1888 / +31 20 808 71 76 /+33 184 888 000.