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CDM Advisor (Nuclear)

  • Job reference: 916260
  • Location: Somerset
  • Salary: GBP40000 - GBP60000 per annum + car, pension, benefits
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Construction Management, Construction & Infrastructure
  • Date posted: 12/09/2017

The CDM Advisor is required to work closely with the Engineering Teams, especially Programme/Technical Engineering Leads, key stakeholders holders, consultants and contractors to deliver a safe and compliant design of the Nuclear Island buildings and equipment, taking into account the need to minimise design changes at this stage of the project.

Primary Job Responsibilities

The role of the CDMA, on the Nuclear Island, includes advising:

  • The Technical Engineering Leads in OE and the RD on conventional health and safety risks that need to be considered in their designs. This includes design option evaluations.
  • On the application of the NNB Standard for Designers and Principal Designers and associated work instructions.
  • The project management teams on the CDM deliverables required from contractors.
  • Contracted design organisations (in France, the UK and elsewhere) on conventional health and safety risks in the design and how they need to be managed in the UK context.
  • NNB, as Principal Designer, on how to meet the requirements of CDM 2015.
  • OE and DA on responses required to conventional health and safety issues raised by the regulator (ONR/HSE).
  • On general health and safety issues.


  • Writing and compiling Pre-construction information for contracts to be awarded.
  • Perform the surveillance of subcontracted design activities (with regards to CDM, health & safety).
  • Reviewing CDM deliverables from designers, most significantly the Design Risk Registers, competency statements.
  • Taking part in CDM reviews of the design with designers; constructability reviews with contractors and pre-construction planning.
  • Help managing technical interfaces with regard to health & safety.
  • Liaising with the Principal Contractor (NNB) to ensure the appropriate handover of risk information with the design.
  • Compilation of H&S File information from designers and contractors (currently working on the process for this).
  • Escalating, when necessary, any concerns that are not being appropriately addressed by the project team.

Note: Expected to attend site Monday to Friday.



  • Degree qualified or equivalent qualifications/experience in Mechanical engineering.
  • Engineering qualification - ideally CEng in a mechanical engineering discipline but lesser qualifications would be considered.
  • Health and Safety qualification - ideally Diploma in OSH or NVQ Level 4 but at least NEBOSH Construction Certificate.
  • Member of Safety Organisation - IOSH, Association for Project Safety or ICE H&S Register, etc.

Ideally the candidate will have the following experience on large engineering/infrastructure projects:

  • Design experience or other considerable experience of the design process.
  • Solid knowledge and experience of CDM regulations, and their application in design and construction of buildings.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Temporary works design.
  • An understanding of forms of contract, particularly NEC and FIDIC.
  • Understanding of UK Nuclear Regulations and legislation.
  • Experience of successfully engaging groups of stakeholders.
  • Ability to cope well under pressure & work within tight timeframes.
  • Undertake individual working to a high level of attention to detail.
  • Clear decision making ability with the acumen to judge complex situations & assess when to escalate issues.
  • BPSS security clearance (must be willing to go through clearance process if no clearance held).


  • Nuclear or other power station experience.
  • Knowledge of French and/ or working with different cultures.
  • Bonus - an understanding of the EPR design (the type of nuclear reactor being built at HPC).
  • Good team player, self-motivated & able to work on own initiative

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