Offshore Process Engineer (ED Band 3/SEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Closing date: 20 Jan 2019

Reference number

1611658

Salary

£63,473 - £68,208 + Up to £17k non-consolidated/non-pensionable supplement

Grade

Senior Executive Officer
Band 3

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

Other - Energy Division - Offshore

Type of role

Health and Safety
Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Hours

37

Number of posts

2

Location

Aberdeen, Scotland

About the job

Job description

At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy.

Energy Division’s role is the effective regulation of the UK's Offshore Oil and Gas, pipelines, mines, diving and renewable power generation industries. We have a history of progressive regulation to secure control of both existing and emerging risks.

Respected internationally for our independent status and integrity, we have a long-standing reputation for regulatory expertise which can be applied logically to deliver effective, proportionate regulation of these industries.

Offshore safety and the linked environmental protection remains a high government priority.

This role involves regulating companies involved in offshore oil and gas operations and related activities. The job holder will sit within a team of specialist inspectors who regulate Process Engineering and Operations matters on offshore installations.

For this particular role, we are looking for a professional process engineer, who has excellent knowledge and understanding of the design, installation, operation and maintenance of process plant, obtained within the offshore oil and gas industry.

Job Responsibilities

Your main responsibility is to address potential major accident hazards in relation to process plant on offshore installations.

Using your specialist knowledge, you will carry out the full range of duties of an HSE Specialist Inspector including:

• Provide expert advice on process engineering health and safety matters to colleagues, industry and other stakeholders

• Carry out topic assessments of offshore installation safety cases

• Carry out topic inspections of offshore oil and gas installations across the UKCS

• Investigate dangerous occurrences (including hydrocarbon releases) on offshore oil and gas installations across the UKCS

• Support enforcement action, including preparing specialist reports and providing expert evidence in legal proceedings

• Make technical contributions to the development of industry standards and guidance.

The role will also require undertaking inspections and investigations on offshore oil and gas installations, which will require travel by helicopter and stays of several days, for which additional allowances are payable.

There is considerable opportunity to develop understanding with and influence a huge variety of stakeholders and to improve safety across a wide range of activities both on and offshore, including ageing installations, new build programmes and the most high tech innovations.

Training and development

From day one, you will be supported by your manager and colleagues to understand your role in HSE, develop your skills and support you in your continuing professional development.

For the legal requirements of the role, you will be enrolled on the Legal Unit of the Specialist Training Programme (STP) and will be required to study for and successfully complete the Unit. You will receive appropriate training and complete a legal assessment.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

• A degree in Chemical or Process Engineering

• Chartered Engineer status

• Post graduate experience relating to design and operation of process plant, including application of the principles of process safety management

• Knowledge and experience of relevant engineering codes and standards

• You must be able to satisfy the UK offshore medical & survival training requirements. You must be willing and able to regularly spend short periods working away from home, including on offshore oil and gas installations.

Personal attributes

We are looking for a high calibre individual who can, under challenge, think strategically, identify underlying core issues, and engage at different levels both with colleagues, site technical staff and at the most senior levels within an organisation.

You will be decisive and able to influence those organisations to bring about improvements. You will have:

• Strong communication skills to influence change at all levels in the organisations we regulate

• Sound analytical skills to identify underlying gaps and deficiencies related to risk management

• Initiative and decisiveness, making sound decisions based on available evidence

• Good organisational and planning skills taking responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to the required standard

• The ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, maintaining positive professional working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders

• The ability to write effective technical reports and present complex technical information in a clear and concise way for a non-technical audience

Person specification

• Post graduate experience relating to design and operation of process plant, including application of the principles of process safety management

• Knowledge and experience of relevant engineering codes and standards.

Licences

• A full driving license that permits you to drive in the UK, unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010.

Qualifications

• A degree in Chemical or Process Engineering

• You must be able to satisfy the UK offshore medical requirements, and complete the required MIST and BOSIET offshore survival training.

Memberships

• Chartered Engineer status (Essential)

• Professional Process Safety Engineer (Preferred)

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Process Engineering & Process Safety Management
  • Overseeing technical work of others
  • Understanding and complying with statutory (and non-statutory) requirements of your current role
  • Apply scientific/technical knowledge

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Benefits

We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance related awards.

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 21%, far more than in the private sector.

• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career.

• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave

• Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay

This role will attract a benefit package that will be competitive in the market, access to the Civil Service 'Alpha' Pension Scheme and an additional allowance for Aberdeen-based posts.

Returning to work after a break

We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.

Allowances

This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy
(http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm)

In addition to your salary you will be eligible for a non consolidated/non pensionable market supplement of up to £10 000

Posts based in Aberdeen will be eligible for an additional non consolidated/non pensionable supplement of £7000 per annum reviewed annually

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

To make an initial application, complete your CV and personal statement on Civil Service Jobs. Your personal statement (no more than 1200 words) should address how your skills and experience fit the requirements of the job role.

Your personal statement should address the following points to demonstrate how you fit the essential requirements of this role.

• Your level of responsibility

• The breadth and depth of your experience

• The technical quality and standard of your work

Please note you will be requested to remove any personal data within your CV and Personal Statement. This will help us to recruit based on your knowledge and skills and not on your background, gender or ethnicity. Recruiting this way is called name blind recruitment.

IMPORTANT

Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

If you are successful following the initial sift, you will be invited to a half day assessment event, which includes a technical and behavioural interview. Full details will be sent at the time of invite.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process please contact: hr.resourcing.team@hse.gov.uk


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Eligibility

Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Grade entry qualifications

• A degree in Chemical or Process Engineering

• You must be able to satisfy the UK offshore medical requirements, and complete the required MIST and BOSIET offshore survival training.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Terms & Conditions

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Ashley Hynds
Ashley.hynds@hse.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

Please note interviews will be held at HSE Lord Cullen House, Aberdeen.

The sift is likely to take place week commencing 21st Jan 2019

Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 4th Feb 2019

A short telephone interview may be undertaken prior to invitation for full interview.

Further information

Option of a competitive occupational pension scheme and partnership pension which is a ‘defined contribution’ arrangement, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you. Please note from 1 April 2015, a new Civil Service pension scheme - alpha – has been introduced. Alpha is a Career Average pension scheme.

This means the final pension is based on a percentage of pensionable earnings from each year of active membership. If you join after 1 April 2015 you will still have the option of joining a partnership pension. You are encouraged to visit (Civil Service Pensions[1])for more information.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process please contact: hr.resourcing.team@hse.gov.uk

Complaints:

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: HR.Resourcing-Team@hse.gov.uk or by writing to HSE at the following address:

HSE Resourcing Team
2.3 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle
Merseyside
L20 7HS

Alternatively, you can contact Civil Service commissioners:
Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

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