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Chemistry Engineer

Job Category:  Engineering
Contract Partner Company:  Jobs Service
Employing Company:  EDF/HPC

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The Opportunity


Job Purpose


To support all aspects of the development of the operational chemistry capability for Hinkley Point C (HPC), including; development of the site laboratory facilities, production of operational chemistry documentation, designing and implementing chemistry processes, technical chemistry support to all areas of the NNB organisation, support to station commissioning, and striving to achieve world best practices by engagement with international organisations such as WANO, INPO, EPRI, EDF SA, and IAEA.


The NNB Pre-Operations Directorate is responsible for the development of the operational capability for HPC, including resource planning and recruitment, training, equipment, facilities, policies and procedures. The Chemistry Engineer will work within the Technical and Safety function, and will report to the Chemistry Lead. As chemistry is a cross-functional topic, the Chemistry Engineer will be required to engage with all areas of NNB, for example in support to design, safety case, industrial safety, environmental protection and procurement. It will be important that the Chemistry Engineer can pro-actively engage with all these areas, and have the ability to communicate and champion all chemistry requirements.


The HPC project is a dynamic and evolving project which will go through many transitions during its life cycle from project go-ahead to nuclear operations. The Chemistry Engineer will therefore need to be able to work flexibly in such a changing environment, proactively preparing for and responding to constantly evolving priorities, whilst making sure that fundamental principles relating to safety and environmental protection remain the priority at all times.


The Person


The successful candidate will be repsonsible for:


  • Support all aspects of the development and implementation of the HPC project chemistry programme. Provide input, advice, guidance and set standards for all areas of Chemistry required by the project.
  • Produce, and support the production of, all chemistry related operational documentation. This includes; chemical safety standards, sampling and analysis procedures, laboratory QA requirements, and chemistry training material.
  • Support the building, kit out and commissioning of the HPC chemistry and radiochemistry laboratories, to ensure they meet the requirements for a UK nuclear power plant and embed the best practices from international experience.
  • Participate in various chemistry forums, such as; chemistry safety working group, laboratory QA working group, chemistry training committee, international chemistry working groups. 
  • Promote chemistry best practices across the project, in the areas of nuclear, chemical, industrial and environmental safety.
  • Be a positive influence in what will be a growing chemistry team, and wider operational organisation.


The Skills




  • A broad understanding of power plant chemistry.
  • Experience and knowledge of chemistry-related regulations that apply in the UK, including; COSHH, COMAH, REACH and DSEAR.
  • Experience in power station laboratory requirements and analyses.
  • Competent in writing chemistry documentation (procedures, risk assessments, reports).



  • Degree qualified (or equivalent level of experience) in a chemistry-related discipline.
  • A strong understanding of the technical principles of chemistry that apply to nuclear power plant operations.
  • Experience in developing and/or implementing new processes within a large organisation.
  • Understanding chemistry related quality assurance.


Competitive Salary & Benefits


We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a defined contribution pension scheme, a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle, and the opportunity to earn bonus.  Although these roles are advertised on a full-time basis as standard, flexible working arrangements will be considered.


For this role you must have evidence of right to work in the UK. As a project, we do not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race, colour, religion, disability or sexual orientation, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.