Senior Chemical Engineer – Spadeadam Research and Testing Site

  • DNV
  • Cumbria, UK
  • Sep 12, 2023
Full time Chemical Engineer Engineering Health and Safety

Job Description

Senior Chemical Engineer – Spadeadam Research and Testing Site

Cumbria, CA8 7AU

Here at DNV, what we do matters. The work we do every day from our full-scale fire and explosion test site at Spadeadam, Cumbria, is at the heart of the global Energy Transition to a more decarbonised and secure world.

The projects our world-renowned Major Hazards Research and Testing team undertake, helps the energy, counter terrorism and security sectors innovate with new technologies, and our findings help inform, guide and advise industry, ensuring it continues to enhance its ability to protect people, property and our environment. This is our shared purpose and one our people are proud to be part of. 

Situated on the Cumbrian side of the border with Northumberland, Spadeadam provides the opportunity to live and work in a truly unique and beautiful area of the UK – you can choose to live rurally in the myriad of local villages and market towns, or in the cities of Carlisle or Newcastle, both within striking distance of the Northumberland and Lake District National Parks. Two coastlines are available to explore along with the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall.

Our Opportunity:

As a Senior Chemical Engineer, ideally with Oil & Gas or Renewables industry experience, you’ll join a growing team of big thinkers who love finding innovative solutions to our industry’s most challenging problems. 

As a technical lead on our client projects, your role will be multi-faceted, combining safe operational delivery, project and people management skills and ensuring a quality and compliant service is delivered to our customers. 

You’ll be given real responsibility from day one, collaborating with forward-thinking customers and technical experts across our business, playing a leading role in our research and testing activities and helping deliver career and industry-defining projects. You will be given the time to build your network, the resources to support your development, and the freedom to satisfy your curiosity and desire to learn.

Your responsibilities will include the design and construction of full-scale, major hazard, experimental test rigs, through creating technical documents and scope of work packages with our clients, as well as developing specifications for mechanical systems and associated equipment, producing drawings and documents, controlling technical change and providing technical guidance and solutions. You’ll also participate in design reviews, HAZID/HAZOP studies and develop and review Performance Standards for Safety Critical Elements related to mechanical systems.

Our projects are truly unique. Our team specialise in carrying our full-scale experiments involving liquid and gaseous fuel releases, fire, explosion, product development and associated consultancy services to assure safe operations for our global energy and security customers.

As we said, this is no normal role!

What you will bring:

Here at DNV we try to keep our mandatory requirements to a minimum, recognising the value that a variety of experience and backgrounds can bring. Along with your natural curiosity and passion for our industry, there are however a few things which are essential to be considered for this opportunity:

  • Degree qualified in Chemical Engineering
  • Working towards or Chartered Engineer, with experience of working in an engineering organisation
  • Technically adept with demonstrable ability to produce design calculations and engineering drawings, an appreciation of technical safety and its impact on the various control systems gained within the energy industry
  • Adaptable and responsive with ability to proactively plan and manage multiple projects simultaneously to challenging deadlines, maintaining high performance without compromising on quality.
  • Commercially minded and solution orientated, possessing the ability to plan, price, win and manage new work to completion both to budget and timeframe.
  • Excellent communicator to both specialist and non-specialist stakeholders – including the ability to write clear and concise reports, robustly analyse data and present complex solutions and ideas.
  • UK Driving Licence
  • Must be willing and able to obtain and maintain a U.K. Security Clearance, application for clearance will be assisted by DNV

What you will receive in return:

We value all our people and the contribution they make to our business, so it’s important that our rewards make us all feel valued here. That’s why we recognise individual needs and offer a flexible reward and benefits package, allowing you to choose the things that matter to you, including;

  • Fantastic career progression opportunities, with the resources to support your development, and the freedom to satisfy your curiosity and desire to learn
  • Discretionary company profit share scheme
  • Lifestyle benefits: 26 days annual leave + bank holidays, opportunity for up to 10 days unpaid leave, sabbatical leave, flexible working options
  • Wellbeing benefits: (inc Private Medical and Dental Insurance, Health Assessments, Gym allowance). Company contribution towards eye tests and glasses (for computer/laptop users), and Flu Vaccinations. Also, our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provides free and confidential support for issues including work, family, relationships, money and health and we provide free fruit in our offices.
  • Financial Benefits: including a Pension Scheme with employer pension contributions up to 9%, Life Assurance and Income Protection
  • Travel benefits: Season Ticket Loan, Cycle to Work Scheme, Electric Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme (for personal use)
  • Re-imbursement of relevant Professional Membership Fees (up to £500)
  • Access to employee retail discount site for high street and on-line shopping 

As many people who join us at Spadeadam need to move to be closer to our location, we provide bespoke support to help you both relocate and settle into the local area.

If you are a dedicated team player with a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence, we encourage you to apply and bring your unique skills to our dynamic and growing team. Our application deadline is 13th October, however we reserve the right to close sooner, so please click here to apply.