HSE jobs – Offshore Control Systems Engineer

  • Introduction
  • Training
  • Job responsibilities
  • 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. 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.

HID employs around 300 professional engineers, scientists and technical specialists across a wide range of disciplines.

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.

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.

Job responsibilities

Using your specialist knowledge, you will:

  • Carry out the full range of duties of an HSE Specialist Inspector including:
  • Provide expert advice on control instrumentation systems matters to industry, other stakeholders and colleagues in HSE;
  • Carry out topic assessments of offshore installation safety cases;
  • Carry out topic inspections of offshore oil and gas installations across the UKCS;
  • Investigate accidents, incidents and complaints alone or as part of a team.
  • Support enforcement action, including preparing specialist reports and providing expert evidence in legal proceedings;
  • Make technical contributions to the development of industry standards and guidance.

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 to manage your workload;
  • The ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • 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

  • A degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject;
  • A registered Chartered Engineer or the qualifications and experience needed to become one;
  • Post graduate engineering experience relating to safety-related control instrumentation systems in the offshore oil and gas industry.
  • Knowledge and experience of relevant engineering codes and standards;
  • You must be able to satisfy offshore medical survival training requirements. You must be willing and able to regularly spend short periods working away from home, including on offshore oil and gas installations.

If you require further information about the post please contact simon.brown@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.

It is essential that your covering letter addresses the following:-
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/osd-offshore-control-systems-engineer-specialist-inspector.htm