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Atkins is Recruiting Nuclear Safety Engineers

Published 14/08/2019 13:08:00, by Marina Maher

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.  We are currently expanding our nuclear safety capability within our Aerospace, Defence, Science and Technology (ADS&T) business, and would welcome the opportunity to discuss these roles with ex-service personnel with nuclear engineering experience.  We can offer:


  • Comprehensive training, mentoring and coaching to help develop your technical, business and consultancy skills;
  • Flexible working arrangements across a number of offices.  Our base is Bristol, but we have offices across the UK;
  • The opportunity to work in a range of business areas (within defence, aerospace and civil nuclear) and to progress into management and technical leadership roles;
  • A competitive salary and benefits package.

Current projects that we are involved in include:

  • Design of a new docking facility at Devonport;
  • Supporting a Licensee with their organisational development and management arrangements;
  • Dismantling of legacy submarines. 

Atkins has a long track record of recruiting ex-services personnel, and helping them transition into an engineering consultancy role.  Here are the thoughts of two of our ex-services recruits.

Richard Wilkins, a Principal Engineer within our ADS&T business writes:

I had a very smooth transition from 31 years in the Royal Navy (RN) to Atkins. A former colleague made a similar career change in Q2 2017, fortunately, I came him across at a Safety Day in MoD Abbey Wood and was very impressed in what he had to say about working for Atkins.

Maintaining a close liaison throughout my final 12 months in the Service, he reviewed my CV and advised of future opportunities in the Company. Indeed, following his notification of an ideal role in the Nuclear Power team, I applied and was successful at interview. Taking up the position as soon as I could during terminal leave.

In addition, my Line Manager is also an ex-RN Submariner who has provided excellent advice throughout the recruitment and during my transitional period.

I would advise all Service Leavers to build up a network of contacts in various Companies they would consider for future employment. Insider knowledge is invaluable in assessing future opportunities and providing first-hand experience of the interview process.

Finally, if you are considering Consultancy work, be prepared to travel to wherever your clients are based.

Lee Tindall-Jones, a Senior Consultant in ADS&T provides additional insight:
Despite some initial anxiety, transition from service life to the private sector turned out to be unexpectedly stress-free for me.  I’d spent 35 years in the Royal Navy and a colleague I’d trained with way back when, who’d followed a similar career path in submarines, and with whom I’d maintained contact over the years, suggested I consider Atkins – he’d made the same transition some years earlier. 

I’d been fortunate to have had broadening roles in the navy that gave me Planning, Change Management, Project Management and Financial Management experience, and I knew from the Resettlement Process that I was perhaps better placed than many to translate my skills to a second career.  This was confirmed by interview, when I applied for and was offered two different roles by Atkins!  Gaining civilian accreditation for all the training, skills and qualifications you’ve picked up helps enormously. My colleague continued to provide useful support and advice during the early months with Atkins.  This, it turned out, was not unique, but common across the company; people at all levels help you settle in and provide ‘light-touch’ mentoring until you’re bedded-in.  I can’t speak for other companies, but it certainly marks Atkins out as caring for its employees. 

I’ve been with Atkins for 8 years now, and have come to appreciate how truly varied the employment opportunities are in terms of professional discipline/skillset and geographical location.  All assignments are likely to bring standard challenges of steep learning curves, aggressive timescales, and ‘blockers’ to progress, but in my experience nothing especially unique or wildly different from life in uniform. 

If I have one piece of advice, it would be to find out how business ‘ticks’ (i.e. operates) as soon as you can – the ‘engine room’ functions like bidding and monthly financial and management reporting.  These are often where the differences with service life exist.  Atkins, like all businesses, exists to help its clients, but in doing so make money for its shareholders.  

Our live job adverts can be found on the Atkins careers portal https://careers.atkinsglobal.com/ (search ‘Nuclear Safety’) but please get in touch for an informal chat.  Please note that this is an ongoing requirement (so no deadlines or fixed start dates), and we don’t expect you to have any previous experience of nuclear safety case production. 

Please contact:
Clive Wilkins
Chief Nuclear Safety Engineer
01925 238400

John O’Keeffe
Chief Nuclear Safety Engineer
01925 238196


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