HSE jobs – Emergency Response Specialist: Marine Operations

  • Introduction
  • Job responsibilities
  • Training
  • Attributes required
  • How to apply


A key operational arm of HSE, Hazardous Installations Directorate (HID) 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, we are responsible for securing safety across a range of industries including; energy production (oil, gas and emerging technologies), chemical/pharmaceutical production and storage and mines, explosives and pipelines.

Energy Division:

HID’s Energy Division has an unrivalled history of progress towards securing control of both existing and emerging risks. Respected internationally for our independent status and integrity, it has a long-standing reputation for technical expertise which can be applied logically to deliver effective, proportionate solutions – enabling hazardous activities to be managed safely. Offshore safety and the linked environmental protection remains a high government priority.

We offer a real opportunity to influence and improve safety across a wide range of activities both on and offshore, including ageing installations, the significant new build programme and the most high tech innovations.

The UK’s offshore industry is here for decades to come and so is the need for its regulator. This is your opportunity to be part of its future and to make a difference using your knowledge and skills whilst continuing your development within the unique variety and depth of challenge that Energy Division offers you.

Job responsibilities

We are looking for a person with an in-depth knowledge and experience of marine operations. How that knowledge came about – be it Royal or Merchant Navy; Deck or Engineering – is less important than a real and demonstrable understanding of operating ships at sea. Whatever their previous experience, we need someone who can take their seafaring background, and apply it to regulating offshore operations from vessel collision risk and marine/aviation evacuation to life-saving appliances, as well as assessment of the underpinning planning and control of emergencies.

We are looking for someone who can take on a broad portfolio across the topics of Emergency Response, Evacuation and Rescue on and from offshore installations, and adapt their knowledge to ensuring effective assessment of safety cases on one hand, as well as going offshore to inspect installations and, where necessary, investigate incidents. The ability to take these subjects and effectively communicate your findings to the industry and its workforce, to industry groups, in legal proceedings and to influence and ensure the effective regulation of the law is critical to an applicant’s success.

We are looking for someone with the credibility, confidence and commitment to improving and upholding safety in marine operations in the offshore oil and gas industry, and the ability to work in the team of specialist HSE inspectors who regulate the safety of the UK’s Offshore Oil and Gas industry.

Training and development

From day one, you will be supported by your manager and colleagues to understand your role in HSE. In addition to supporting your continuing professional development, you will complete the Regulators Training Programme (RTP), providing you with an accredited Diploma in Health and Safety. Read more about this in Your Development.

Attributes required

We are looking for high calibre specialists who can, under challenge, think strategically, identify underlying core issues, and engage at different levels both with colleagues, site technical staff and at the most senior levels within an organisation. You will be decisive and able to influence those organisations to bring about improvements. You will have:

  • strong communication skills to influence change at all levels in the organisations we regulate;
  • sound analytical skills to identify underlying gaps and deficiencies related to risk management;
  • initiative, and decisiveness, making sound decisions based on available evidence;
  • good organisational and planning skills taking responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to the required standard
  • the ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, maintaining positive professional working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • the ability to write effective technical reports and to present complex technical information in a clear and concise way for a non-technical audience.

Essential criteria

You must have:

  • Substantial experience of operating vessels – be that deck or engineering – at sea in a leadership position
  • A degree or equivalent qualification in a marine/nautical, engineering, science or closely related subject.
  • One or more qualifications equivalent to – Master Mariner, Chief Engineer, Royal Navy CQ2, Royal Navy MCQ, chartered engineer (or equivalent) – together with substantial experience in an operational environment within the marine or offshore oil and gas industry. A through working knowledge of operating vessels with Dynamic Positioning and a working knowledge of how different regulating authorities in the marine and offshore interact would be particularly useful.
  • You must be able to satisfy the UK offshore medical survival training requirements
  • You will hold a full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK unless reasonable adjustments can be made in line with the Equality Act 2010

For an informal and confidential discussion about this role please contact Simon Day 0151 951 4036 or e-mail simon.day@hse.gsi.gov.uk

How to apply

Apply for this role via the Civil Service on-line recruitment system, Civil Service Jobs.

IMPORTANT: Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

Please ensure you upload your CV and a covering letter with your application by clicking on the ‘attachments’ tab within your CS Jobs application.

Your covering letter should address the following points to demonstrate how you fit the essential requirements of this role:

  • your level of responsibility
  • the breadth and depth of your experience
  • the technical quality and standard of your work

This should be no more than one side of A4 paper (font size 10). 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: Chris Hall on 0151 951 4672 or email chris.hall@hse.gsi.gov.uk.

Closing date

Please note this is an ongoing campaign, however adverts can be withdrawn as posts are filled – please apply at your earliest opportunity.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/careers/hid-b3-emergency-response-specialist-marine-operations.htm