Mechanical Engineer - Specialist Inspector of Health and Safety (CEMHD Band 3/ SEO)


Job summary

Health and Safety Executive
£52,470 - £58,226
Mechanical, Reliability, Testing
Biotechnology, Chemical, Environment
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

A key operational arm of HSE, the Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division (CEMHD) regulates the UK's major hazard industries - companies whose products are essential to our everyday life, but where failures in safety management and risk control can lead to catastrophic harm to workers and the public at large. Employing around 300 professional engineers and scientists across a wide range of disciplines, we are responsible for securing safety across a range of industries including energy production (oil, gas and emerging technologies), chemical/pharmaceutical production and storage, as well as explosive manufacture and installations that work with biological agents.


East Midlands (England), East of England, North East England, North West England, Scotland, SouthEast England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands (England), Yorkshire and the Humber

Job description

From the outset you will be supported by your manager and colleagues to understand your role in HSE, develop your skills and support you in your continuing professional development. For the legal requirements of the role, you will be enrolled on our Specialist Training Programme (STP) which you will be required to study for and successfully complete, including a final assessment. You will be required to spend periods of time away from home, visiting sites and other offices overnight, which your working pattern will accommodate.

 Post 1 is based in the south-east (Ashford, Basingstoke, Bedford, Chelmsford, Oxted); posts 2 and 3 are based anywhere in the UK excluding London.


When operational, your new job will include:

• Carrying out inspections of major hazard installations with the aim of preventing loss of containment and mechanical failure.
• Investigation of accidents and incidents.
• Taking or supporting enforcement action, including preparing Notices.
• Providing technical reports and expert evidence in legal proceedings.
• Assessing Safety Reports, verifying compliance with the requirements of the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH), the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and supplementary legislation.
• Contributing to the development of technical and operational strategy.
• Representing HSE at meetings with fellow professionals, industry, standards committees, and training events, including speaking and making presentations at conferences.

In order to fulfil that role, you will need to:

• Work independently to contribute to a busy and supportive team, working flexibly, with frequent travel.
• Plan and manage the delivery of changing priorities, often working against very challenging deadlines.
• Network and communicate effectively as part of a team.
• Communicate clearly and effectively, showing interpersonal skills to establish professional credibility and authority.
• Be able to present to technical audiences on topics such as asset integrity, degradation mechanisms and non-destructive testing.
• Have the ability and confidence to represent HSE as an expert within related standards bodies and stakeholder groups.

Essential Skills, Experience and Behaviours

You will have:

• Practical Mechanical Engineering/Integrity Management experience gained whilst working in an industrial setting with major accident potential.
• A track record of making independent, authoritative decisions based on technical evidence;
• Experience working with other technical disciplines to achieve and maintain safe operation of plant;
• An understanding of the basic legal requirements for safe operation of high hazard plant;
• Experience of Maintenance Management – including maintenance planning and execution, backlog management and deferrals processes, etc.
• Experience of integrity management systems for primary containment equipment, including pressure vessels, pipework, tanks and associated equipment. This should include an understanding of:


o Mechanical Engineering principles – including initial design and the use of appropriate codes and standards.
o Failure mechanisms and degradation of materials.
o The Risk Based Inspection methodology and deriving appropriate schemes of examination.
o Examination methods, NDT techniques and their limitations
 o Fitness for Service methodologies and repair techniques.

• An understanding of welding and joining techniques.

As well as the Essential Skills and Experience, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following behaviours:

• Communicating and Influencing;
• Making Effective Decisions, and
 • Delivering at Pace


Full UK driving licence required to carry out role.


A degree or equivalent qualification in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related subject.


Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (or similar), Chartered status and registration with the Engineering Council.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Application of mechanical engineering principles related to the primary containment of hazardous substances - including initial design and appropriate use of codes and standards
  • An ability to assess the condition of equipment subject to degradation, and develop plans for remedial action
  • Knowledge of integrity management systems for major hazards plant and equipment
  • A thorough understanding of maintenance regimes and related systems


• An environment with flexible working options
• Learning & development tailored to you including legal and regulatory elements
• A hugely varied role with autonomy to plan, manage and execute your work
• The opportunity to influence health & safety culture and make a real difference in the major hazards sector
• Be part of a highly professional and dynamic team covering the whole of the UK
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay
• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute 27.1% , far more than in the private sector.
• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career
• 25 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and 1-day Civil Service privilege leave
• Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.


 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.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Within your application form, you will be asked to provide an anonymous CV, detailing your experience, skills and qualifications relevant to the job. Additionally, you will be asked to provide a statement of suitability of no more than 1250 words. This should set out how your experience matches the Essential Skills and Experience outlined for this role, with emphasis on your skills, standard of work and the level of responsibility you have worked to.

At sift you will be assessed on your CV and statement of suitability. Sifts will take place W/C 15th August 2022.

If you are successful at sift, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on on each of the three behaviours and the four technical skills detailed in the job advert together with your relevant experience.

As part of your interview, you will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation, details of which will be sent with the invitation to attend.

Interviews are due to take place W/C 12th September 2022 and interviews will take place within our HSE office in Redgrave Court, Bootle.

Useful Guidance

Please access the following link for guidance on how to apply and how to complete a Statement of Suitability

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.
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.

Any move across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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:

 Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :Paul Cooper
  • Email

Recruitment team :

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