Electrical, Controls & Instruments Lead

England, Bridgwater
30 Sep 2016
30 Oct 2016
EDF Energy
Contract Type
Full Time

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, Belgium and Poland. EDF are now looking to recruit an Electrical, Controls & Instruments Lead to join the Hinkley Point C project. The role-holder will lead on the strategy, development and approach for the Electrical, Controls & Instruments (EC&I) arrangements for HPC, to ensure that it will operate safely, reliably, and be compliant with its Safety Case, UK regulations and NNB policies. The role has a direct impact on achieving business case targets for the successful operation of both HPC units.

Operating Environment

The Pre-Operations Directorate holds the overall responsibility for the development and delivery of the organisation and capabilities required to safely operate the two units of Hinkley Point C on completion of the construction project.

The Pre-Operations Lead Engineer/ Team Leader will use their experience to support the Pre-Operations Directorate in development of the operational capabilities within the HPC project. They will review the HPC design within their area of expertise with regard to its impact on plant maintainability, availability/reliability and operability and will therefore need to have experience of operational processes, developments and improvements, showing evidence of their application to nuclear operations. During the early stages of the development of the function Lead Engineer will provide technical oversight to engineers in their area of expertise. As the organisation evolves they will build and lead a team of Engineers and add relevant Engineering and Maintenance plant oversight experience to the growing team that will eventually implement and operate the arrangements.

Framework & Boundaries

The role-holder will manage the project risks related to future site operations within their area of technical expertise and will be responsible for ensuring adequate mitigation or closure of those risks. The job holder will have decision making authority within their scope and expertise and will be expected to develop HPC Engineering and Maintenance department policies, and execute these in the department's day-to-day activities as the organisation develops.

The role holder will be required to work closely with colleagues in the Design Authority, Owner's Engineering, Construction Engineering and Procurement functions, as well as the Responsible Designer in the UK and France, providing information, support and data within their area of technical expertise, from their own experience, and operating experience from the current UK nuclear fleet as well as experience from the French fleet and elsewhere, to influence the future design and to ensure the development of a world-class plant.

Principal Accountabilities

Within their area of expertise, the role-holder will:

Plan, monitor and manage the activities, risks, and associated requirements of the programmes of work within the overall Pre-Operations Programme, allocating and organising work within the team

Oversee the work carried out by the team, providing technical oversight, coaching and development to engineers, ensuring that work is carried out in line with required behaviours, operational and nuclear safety culture

Assess the design and equipment contract information for related systems and station facilities so they will deliver our aims of enhanced safety and performance during the operational phase

Recruit and develop a pipeline of staff with capability to support the volume of work, sharing and optimising the use of resources across the Operational Development team as needed

Develop and continuously improve the team's methods, tools and techniques in line with industry best practice

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience


Experience of developing Engineering and Maintenance documentation

A good understanding of Engineering and Maintenance principles and processes

Knowledge of some or all of the following:

Safety C&I Systems

Process C&I Systems

Smart Instruments

Programmable Electronic Systems/Software Systems

Radiometric and Nucleonic Instrumentation

Fire Detection and Alarm Systems


Degree qualified (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline

Chartered membership of a relevant professional institute or working towards qualifications and experience suitable for Chartered membership

Some knowledge of nuclear power plant design and operation

Experience of working within a project organisation

Experience in development and delivery of Engineering and Maintenance training: an understanding of the application of the systematic approach to training (SAT) process

An awareness of technical French and conversational level of spoken French language

By joining EDF Energy you will be part of a company committed to equality. We are proud to be one of only three organisations in the UK to gain the National Equality Standard, the country's most comprehensive assessment of diversity & inclusion. We'll support your career through our state of the art approach to learning, development and knowledge sharing through our Campus network. We offer a defined benefit pension scheme based on career average earnings, in addition to leave and benefits that help you feel good.