HSE JOBS: Process Safety Engineer (CEMHD B3/SEO) Birmingham


Process Safety Engineer (CEMHD B3/SEO)

Reference number: 1563380

Location: Bedford, Eastern : Birmingham, West Midlands

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Number of Slot: 2

Deadline: January 14, 2018

Job description

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

Our Process Safety engineers ensure employers across Great Britain – a whole range of essential industries with thousands of workers – to manage work safely. In this role, you can utilise your considerable technical knowledge and practical experience to influence not only individual
employers but whole industry sectors.

A career with HSE gives you a unique opportunity to visit and interact with different and diverse employers and work activities, one day you could be working in a large petrochemicals complex and the next is a local garage.

You’ll work alongside other technical specialists to ensure work activities are operating within the legislative framework by inspecting, investigating, intervening and supporting companies with the process safety elements of their operations.

Your work will make the most of your experience – whether that’s inspecting a chemical processing plant, helping an employer understand the right controls to have in place, or contributing to the development of industry policy and guidelines. As you can see this role will broaden your knowledge and your professional credibility like no other role can.

Together with the widest range of health and safety experts in Britain, you’ll be helping to protect thousands of people, whether that’s work you do from an HSE office or your work out visiting workplaces

Key responsibilities include: 

• Inspect a variety of workplaces, either on your own or with an expert team, to make sure that risks are managed safely, driving improvements and gaining commitment to comply with the law.

• Forensic analysis of process safety related concerns, accidents and reportable incidents to identify the root cause and where necessary, lead the technical aspect of the investigation, calling in other expert support and supporting legal enforcement action to prevent a recurrence;

• Advise on process safety matters in support of Health and Safety compliance, to HSE colleagues, professional bodies and trade associations such as the British Standards Institute, the Energy Institute and the Chemicals Industry Association, to name a few , on how conditions compare with minimum legal requirements and good practice;

• Provide expert opinion in reports to guide enforcement decisions;

• Appear as specialist/ expert witness at tribunals, inquests and prosecutions;

• Secure intelligence, share information and advice towards policy, research, and guidance to benefit other Government departments, the public, industry, professional bodies and trade associations.

• Contribute as a member of the Process Safety team to promote Health and Safety improvements to national and international standards at various forums, and at relevant conferences.

Given that HSE regulates sites across the whole of GB you will be expected to spend short periods working away from home.


At HSE, you can develop your expertise even further. While working, you will complete specialist training to understand the legal and enforcement requirements of this front-line role. This includes a mixture of e-learning and face to face tutorials. As well as learning on the job, you can complete bespoke courses to develop and grow your technical knowledge and have wider learning opportunities through your Civil Service access.

Person specification

To be considered for this role, you will ;

• Have breadth of practical Process Safety experience of chemical and/or downstream oil industry processing and application of industrial chemistry/chemical engineering skills and experience to controlling risks in the chemical industry.

• A practical understanding of design and operation of chemical process plant, including experience of applying the principles of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering to industrial scale processes;

• Experience of applying the principles of safety as applied to the manufacture, storage and handling of hazardous chemicals;

• Experience of hazard identification and risk assessment techniques, for examples HAZOPs, in the safe design and operation of a safe plant

In addition, you’ll have made some impact in your career so far making intelligent, measured decisions in your area, with good analytical skills to spot underlying issues. Communication is key in this role and you will be able to persuade and influence people at all levels. We value people who respect others, work well in a team and can build robust relationships with employers and other stakeholders.


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


A degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or similar subject relevant to Chemical Engineering.


Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of the Institution of Chemical Engineers or the Royal Society of Chemistry – or the academic and professional qualifications to apply and achieve Chartered status.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


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.

• Comprehensive training to become a specialist inspector and support with continuing your professional development. As a Civil Servant, you can receive at least five days of learning and development each year to increase your skills and help further your career.


Relocation expenses are available up to a maximum of £15,000 if you eligible. Under no circumstances must candidates commit expenditure before HSE’s Expenses Section has confirmed entitlement as the claim will be disallowed if it falls outside HSE’s Policy.

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).

Things you need to know


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.

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

We recruit in three stages:

• An initial sift to create a shortlist
• Short telephone interview
• Selection interviews stage.

To make an initial application, complete your CV and personal statement on Civil Service Jobs. Your personal statement (no more than 1200 words) will set out how you match the role requirements listed above:

• Your current level of responsibility
• The breadth and depth of your experience
• The technical quality and standard of your work.

You will also need to pass security check level clearance, and meet UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

We recruit on merit based on fair and open competition, embracing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format please contact hr.resourcing.team@hse.gsi.gov.uk

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

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

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
6.3 Redgrave Court
L20 7HS

Alternatively you can contact Civil Service commissioners http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-code/complaints-under-the-code/

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.


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

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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For more information or to discuss the vacancy, contact Sam Summerfield , sam.summerfield@hse.gov.uk or Mark Bishopp Mark.Bishopp@hse.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location


Further information

About HSE

The Health and Safety Executive is an independent regulator. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britain’s industries and the constantly evolving nature of work and technology. Combining experts from numerous field s, our employees strive to keep people and their working environments safe. We don’t just inspect workplaces and enforce the law, we campaign for better H&S practice, we shape and review guidance and regulations, we provide specialist products and services both here and overseas, and we produce crucial research and statistics – all towards our goal #HelpGBWorkWell.

Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.
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