Senior Security Advisor


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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Permanent - Full Time
Salary from £47,706
Working Hours:
Sellafield, Cumbria
Closing Date:
Business Area:
EHSS&Q & Compliance

Job Introduction

Job description for Senior Security Advisor: 

This is where your skills play a critical role in keeping everyone safe. Working in Safety, Security & Safeguards gives you the chance to make your mark on some hugely interesting projects. NNL does work that nobody else in the sector is doing, and this means we need experts like you to make it possible, whilst keeping everyone safe. We’re committed to using nuclear science to benefit society for years to come. This means that you can build a long and successful career here whilst playing a meaningful role in delivering cleaner energy, reducing waste and keeping colleagues and the public out of harm’s way.

The Senior Security Advisor is a position of responsibility within NNL and a Subject Matter Expert in nuclear security. They are responsible for ensuring that NNL maintains an effective nuclear security regime meeting legislative, regulatory and Company expectations in accordance with SCITEC values and behaviours

Location is flexible with regular travel to NNL’s facilities at Sellafield and Preston.

Main Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities for Senior Security Advisor: 

  • Primary point of contact for advice relating to nuclear and conventional security issues that may affect NNL by supporting and managing implementation of legislation, regulatory, site standards, policies and procedures within their area(s) of responsibility.
  • Identify and evaluate the security risks to NNL’s assets. They shall identify and evaluate the threats and vulnerabilities to NNL security arrangements, including the Physical Protection Systems, and ensure adequate arrangements are in place to manage the risks.
  • As a Subject Matter Expert, maintain an up to date knowledge of security options and solutions, conduct cost benefit analyses to determine the cost effectiveness of security solutions and make recommendations to meet NNL’s security objectives.
  • Develop and implement security arrangements to support security operations, project execution, plant maintenance and repair, and contingency requirements through the production and approval of Security Plans, Temporary Security Plans, Temporary Security Arrangements & Security Modification Proposals.
  • Develop, gain approval and implement operational security arrangements for new security capabilities and ensure existing arrangements remain valid and reflective of industry and business relevant good practice.
  • Ensure all events or incidents falling within their area(s) of responsibility are appropriately managed including reporting, investigation and implementation of corrective action.
  • Develop working relationships with relevant colleagues and stakeholders, including Site Licence Companies, the Office for Nuclear Regulation, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, and law enforcement agencies, including the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
  • Lead the development and implementation of Pan-NNL Security initiatives on behalf of the Security & Resilience Manager.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Senior Security Advisor: 

  • Ability to gain DV Clearance.
  • Degree qualified in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive experience in working in a regulated environment, be detail orientated, and able to work to stringent deadlines, whilst maintaining discretion at all times.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to analyse and interpret complex information from several, sometimes conflicting sources, with a proven problem solving ability in order to make decisions based upon this information.
  • Experience of security decision making and security systems management.
  • Detailed knowledge of security requirements relating to the ONR Security Assessment Principles and experience in decision making under this framework.
  • Ability to communicate key information both verbal and written with customers, suppliers and stakeholders.

Desirable Criteria for Senior Security Advisor: 

  • Detailed knowledge of security requirements relating to the ONR Security Assessment Principles and experience in decision making under this framework.
  • Experience of supporting delivery of a significant security project on the Sellafield site, including engagement with relevant Sellafield Ltd, CNC and other stakeholders.
  • Member of a Professional Organisation e.g. Security Institute.
  • Understanding of the UK national security structures relevant to the UK civil/ defence nuclear sectors.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of physical protection systems, their design, performance, industry developments and application.
  • Detailed knowledge of the threat to the UK Civil Nuclear Sector.

About The Company

Grounded in robust science and decades of experience, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the authoritative voice in the UK and beyond for technological development within the nuclear power sector.

Our unparalleled understanding of the science, challenges and opportunities makes us an unrivalled authority and partner in the field, providing experts, technologies, and access to cutting-edge facilities to organisations around the world.

Harnessing potential technologies and translating them into to industry-ready solutions means our pioneering approach spearheads international improvement and technological progress.

We work on projects as small as drilling a hole to analyse underground wastes with our integrated micro drilling technology, or as large as developing state-of-the-art power systems for spacecraft, based on radioactive materials

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

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