Engineering Support Personnel

EDF Careers UK
Bridgwater, UK
Closing date
26 Oct 2020

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EDF Energy is a core part of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy and Belgium. We're the UK's largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain, the largest supplier to British businesses and we employ more than 13,000 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We are playing a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK to secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.
Engineering Support Personnel, Hinkley Point C Site, Permanent, Competitive Salary & Benefits The Opportunity
You will be responsible for helping to shape the next generation of Nuclear Power Stations in the UK; developing and implementing the equipment reliability process and associated maintenance arrangements required for a safe and reliable plant following the takeover of permanent plant systems from Commissioning. You will also support the handover processes in-line with the Project and Pre-Operational milestones. This is in preparation for the starting-up of Hinkley Point C (HPC) power station and the subsequent day-to-day technical management for 60-years of commercial operation.

You will be involved in the production of key deliverables for the HPC operational power station. This includes authoring critical component analysis, engineering and maintenance strategies, periodic test procedures, and maintenance work instructions; all of which are crucial for ensuring the success of HPC. During this development phase you will use technical documentation from our design team, best practices from around the world, and your own engineering judgement in order support your conclusions.

You will also provide technical oversight during the construction and commissioning phases so as to build-up knowledge of Nuclear and Conventional systems in preparation for taking on the technical responsibility for designated systems from the point of handover from Commissioning.

You will apply your knowledge and experience to help establish and expand technical functions such as Maintenance, Engineering, and Surveillance Programmes on site, to ensure readiness for world-class performance of the new generation of pressurised water reactors in the UK. This will support the growth of the future operational capability on site by implementing and adapting the Technical Standards and Strategies in close collaboration with other operational functions.

You will become responsible for all aspects of engineering support on allocated systems; long-term system health, maintenance specification, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) interface, management of spare parts, and fault diagnosis.

Engineering Support Personnel shall support the overall delivery of the Asset Management Programme and cover the following areas:
- Equipment Reliability
- Maintenance
- Plant Handover arrangements
- Surveillance programmes and periodic testing

Applicants are requested to highlight in a cover letter relevant experience related to any of these areas where applicable.

The role is based within the Pre-Operations Directorate, which is a part of the HPC Project.

Pre-Operations are responsible for delivering the operational capability for HPC, and ensuring that the future operating organisation, including people, working arrangements, equipment, facilities and documents are ready for when HPC starts generating electricity.

The Pre-Operations Directorate comprises of the following four delivery programmes, and a site-based team.
* Operate the Plant (i.e. control room operations, plant operating instructions, plant operations)
* Asset management (i.e. engineering, maintenance, equipment reliability, work management, )
* Technical and Safety (i.e. nuclear safety, chemistry, environment, radiological protection)
* Operational Capability (i.e. training development, resources)
* The site based EPR Plant Management team is accountable for ensuring permanent buildings and systems are transferred to the future operational organisation effectively and efficiently, as well as implementing the operational policies processes and procedures in-line with the programmes and Pre-Operational milestones.

The Person
We are seeking passionate and enthusiastic individuals, whose drive, personal ownership and nuclear professionalism are as important to the role as innovation to improve performance and deliver business plan objectives.

Nuclear Safety is our number one priority. You will therefore need to be able to demonstrate this in all your duties, acting as a role model for those around you.

You will also need to demonstrate behaviours and qualities so as to inspire and coach others through a programme of commissioning and into commercial operation.

You will be self-motivated, work collaboratively and be comfortable in a dynamic, evolving and fast-paced environment.

You will be able to carry out the role in a calm and professional manner at all times, whilst potentially faced with conflicting priorities and multiple challenges.

You will report to a Programme Area Lead during the erection and commissioning phases of the Project, where your day-to-day activities will include:

* Supporting the preparation, verification and approval of documentation and/or management arrangements for:
- Equipment Reliability Component Classification Documentation
- Preventative Maintenance Strategies
- Performance Monitoring strategies, e.g., On-Line Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance, System Health monitoring, etc.
- Surveillance Programmes with respect to Licence Condition 28Handover preparation and coordination
- Periodic test documentation
- Engineering and Maintenance Standards
- Maintenance Work Instructions
* Supporting Control Centre processes for ensuring smooth plant handovers with respect to technical knowledge and information transfer to build-up a SQEP (Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel) Site Engineering capability.
* Building-up technical knowledge of HPC systems, both in Nuclear and Conventional plant areas
* Maintaining interfaces (technical & functional) across the HPC Project, Contract partners, the EPR fleet and NGL.
* Supporting the procurement of workshop, laboratory and stores equipment and coordinating the subsequent fit-out schedules.
* Introducing technical governance arrangements, processes and procedures.
* Adapting to changes in levels of accountability, responsibility and training to meet the business needs.

The organisational structure will evolve on the approach to operations, as will responsibilities. The day-to-day duties of those in (operational) Engineering roles will be to:
* Hold the Engineering responsibility for selected systems, including monitoring the performance and long-term health of systems, implementing and monitoring maintenance and inspection regimes.
* Identification of defects and corrective actions, and liaising with (and guiding) Technicians in first line response.
* Ensure that the plant and buildings are maintained in-line with the requirements of License Condition 28, Environmental permits, Statutory legislation and Reliability Centred Maintenance regimes; with defects rectified in a safe and timely manner.
* Adapt to changes in level of accountability and training and responsibility to meet the business needs.

The Skills
As a minimum, applicants will have a relevant HNC/D (or equivalent) and have experience in a technical or engineering discipline.

During your career, you will have gained the following, which will be required to deliver this role with competence:
* Leadership and Accountability - Understand, enact and constantly reinforce the nuclear safety principles.
* Planning and Implementing - Support colleagues to ensure that technical support is available to accomplish planned maintenance schedules, as well as defect rectification to ensure plant is returned to service within agreed timescales.
* Monitoring and assessing - Spend time in the field monitoring, observing, and assessing system health and working practices to maintain and reinforce high standards of nuclear professionalism. Inspire others to help improve plant and team performance by encouraging initiative and removing barriers. Activities monitored include the following:
- Championing the use of Human Performance tools
- Work practices
- Training and qualification processes
- Application of industrial safety and radiological protection practices
* Open to Challenge and seek Continuous Improvement - Reinforce attitudes and nuclear professionalism behaviours that improve performance and achieve a safe working environment and zero harm.
* High attention to detail - Collate and analyse data to improve performance/reliability, and proactive in identifying emerging issues.
* Acknowledge the accomplishments of others - Empowering teams and recognising contributions.
* Well organised - Able to prioritise workloads, meet deadlines and extract and consolidate key information.

* Previous experience of the maintenance or technical/engineering management of operational plant systems and assets, considering any of the below systems and/or components:
- Transformers
- Switchgears
- Pumps and Motors
- Valves and pressure systems
- Lifting equipment
- Control and Instrumentation
- Steam turbine and process systems
* Working in a regulated industry.
* Preparing, verifying and approving technical and/or process documents.
* Managing workload to deadlines within a Project environment.
* Language skill of French or Chinese.
* Leadership qualities, knowledge of projects and secondments, coaching and mentoring skills.
* Negotiation and consultation skills.

Competitive Salary & Benefits
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a pension scheme, a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle, and the opportunity to earn bonus.

Please let us know if you require flexible working arrangements by highlighting this on your application. We're happy to talk flex in line with the requirements of this opportunity.

Why EDF?

#WeAreEDF and are leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future, tackling climate change and helping Britain achieve net zero.

We are leading the UK's nuclear renaissance, we're constructing a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, with plans for new power stations at Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex. Around a fifth of the UK's electricity is generated by our eight nuclear power stations, helping power our customers' homes and businesses.

At EDF, everyone's welcome. It's a powerful statement of our intent to make sure we're about the people who work with us - a rich and unique mix of backgrounds and experiences that's vital to shaping a strong and fresh-thinking organisation like ours. Whoever you are and wherever you come from, we'll embrace the difference you bring and give you opportunities to thrive and succeed.

Join us. Together, we'll help Britain achieve net zero.
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