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Role: Safety Engineer
Department: Support Engineering
Location: Cheltenham / Bristol
Reports to: Safety & Environmental Lead Engineer

Job Purpose

As a member of the support engineering team, the safety engineer is responsible for production and delivery of safety artefacts to support our defence and industry contracts.
Principal Activities

The safety engineer is expected to:

•  Undertake work, as directed by the Safety & Environmental Lead Engineer, as part of the safety and environmental team.
•  Production of safety artefacts following the guidance in a range of applicable standards.
•  Delivery of safety projects to time, cost and quality.
•  Follow the procedures in the CDS DS Safety & Environmental Management System to the level of quality described in the Quality Management System.
•  Partake in Project Safety and Environmental Panels (PSEPs) – produce agendas, meeting arrangements, minutes and precursor hazard reviews.
•  Write Minutes from Safety Meetings extracting the key changes for updates to the Safety and Environmental Case Reports (SECRs) and Equipment Safety Assessments (ESAs).
•  Undertake the Hazard Management Process.
•  Update SECRs and ESAs to reflect changes identified in design updates or during safety meetings.
•  Write new SECRs and ESAs.
•  Advise on aspects of Safety and Environmental engineering within their experience level.
•  Support bid processes by providing specialist technical input, as required

Underpinning Knowledge:

The Safety Engineer is required to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge and familiarity with the following aspects:
•  MOD safety and environmental management processes
•  MOD Acquisition process (ASG)
•  POEMS, POSMS and emerging Defence Safety Authority Publications
•  Defence standards, regulations and guidance
•  UK legislative statutes
•  International and European Safety Standards (IEC 61508 & similar)
•  System safety engineering and associated practises
•  Functional safety engineering and associated practises
•  Risk assessment, evaluation, management and acceptance.
•  Safety Management Systems (SMS)
•  Safety and Just Cultures
•  Hazard identification, analysis, recording and management
•  Environmental management
•  Fault / Event Tree Analysis (FTA/ETA)
•  ALARP principles

Core Competencies:

The Safety Engineer is required to possess and display appropriate levels and understanding in the following areas:
•  Effective communication with Line Management and clients
•  Teamwork
•  Communications and Influencing skills
•  Analysing Technical Evidence
•  Risk Management
•  Systems Engineering


•  Incorporated Engineer or working towards registration.
•  Academic qualification e.g. HND/BSc/BEng level qualification coupled with relevant defence and safety critical engineering experience
•  Capable of achieving a minimum of SC Clearance
•  Computer literate and proficient with MS Office tools, Word, Excel etc.
•  Willing to travel, UK and international, 5-20%


•  Post Graduate qualifications in Safety Critical Systems Engineering or willing to undertake
•  Professional Registration at Associate Member or Member
•  Defence sector experience and/or safety critical industry experience
•  Experience of working within DE&S Delivery Teams
•  Some project management experience would be beneficial

•  Competitive remuneration package
•  25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
•  Flexible working hours
•  Professional Development
•  Pension scheme
•  Life Assurance Scheme
•  Childcare voucher scheme
•  CDS cycle to work scheme