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Fire Topic Lead

Job Category:  Project Management / Controls
Contract Partner Company:  Jobs Service
Employing Company:  EDF/HPC

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EDF Nuclear New Build (NNB) is in the process of establishing the detailed design of two new Nuclear Power Stations for the UK.  To support the design, construction and operation of these stations, NNB is seeking a lead fire engineer to lead the technical management and acceptance of design deliverables relating to fire protection for the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project, supported by a small team of fire engineers with expertise in specialist areas. In addition to leadership across the fire topic, specific expertise in the design of active fire protection systems is sought.

Based in Bristol with frequent visits to other EDF locations in the UK and France.

Part of a multi-disciplined Balance of Nuclear Island (BNI) Branch with the Technical Management and Acceptance (TMA) function of around 20 professional engineers providing support to the HPC project on behalf of the Licensee organisation.
Responsible for the technical ownership of all topic areas related to fire within the Nuclear New Build (NNB) business within EDF Energy.

Responsible for establishing and maintaining links with the technical supply chain, other parts of NNB, other parts of EDF Energy and the regulators in all relevant matters.


Nature and Scope


The purpose of the role is to ensure the HPC design relating to fire engineering is developed in line with NNB requirements and with the project schedule, to allow detailed design and construction to proceed as planned. The role holder will be required to plan and co-ordinate surveillance on fire strategy documents, fire zoning reports, fire systems design and other supporting documents. The role holder will need to work independently in carrying out reviews, holding review meetings with the designers and other stakeholders and co-ordinating the work of other team members. The role will include supporting interactions with the regulator and will report to the Fire, Radwaste and HVAC Lead.




  • UK good practice, applicable codes and standards relating to fire safety engineering.
  • Knowledge of the design of specialist fire suppression systems including water spray deluge, fire fighting water supplies, fire detection system design to BS 5839-1 and sprinkler systems design to BS EN 12845. In addition knowledge of NFPA standards would be beneficial.
  • Risk assessment methods used by designers.
  • UK regulatory requirements applicable to fire safety design and the application of the ALARP principle.




  • Ability to carry out review and acceptance of fire systems design and related documents.
  • Able to identify key issues and focus attention on issue resolution.
  • Ability to make judgements regarding level of risk and whether proposed solutions reduce risks to ALARP.
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and manage design reviews and work directly with the designers.
  • Able to challenge a contractor in a constructive and pragmatic way.
  • Ability to carry out pro-active surveillance on documents in production to allow Right First Delivery.
  • Able to co-ordinate the work of a small team of fire engineers, ensuring multiple topics and workstreams are progressed in line with project requirements




  • Degree qualified in a suitable engineering discipline is preferable (other suitable qualifications may be considered)
  • Membership of the Institute of Fire Engineers




  • Design of fire protection systems on complex, non-standard buildings
  • Working on the development of fire strategies for buildings.
  • Working at industrial sites (with experience of nuclear industry beneficial).
  • Seven years or more experience working in fire protection
  • Experience of task management of others


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.