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Our Vacancy

Senior Quality Engineer – Pressure Systems

  • Nuclear
  • Permanent /
  • Bridgwater
  • 07/06/24
  • On site

Assystem is an international company with one mission: accelerate the energy transition around the world.

Every day, our 7,500 switchers located in 12 countries (Europe, Middle East, Pacific Asia & Africa) connect their six thousand billion neurons to tackle the task of the century: switching to low-carbon energy.

We are a collective committed to the actors who are making the energy switch. Sharing our knowledge, expertise and values allows us to innovate and think differently about the energy transition.

Drawing on more than 55 years’ experience in highly regulated sectors subject to strict security and safety requirements, we provide our customers with engineering and project management services, as well as digital services and solutions to optimize the performance of complex infrastructure projects throughout their life cycle. The Group is currently ranked second in the world for nuclear engineering.

To ensure a viable, efficient, and reliable energy future for all

Job Description

Job Purpose:

  • The Senior Quality Engineer – Pressure Systems (SQE) is responsible for supporting Client Projects normally operating within a Matrix Multi Discipline Teams (MDTs) by the provision of engineering support and quality management and control services.
  • Their primary purpose is to provide evidence of the Client and supply-chain adherence to the contracted quality requirements within their respective Client Programmes and Projects. This may include tasks relating to design review and acceptance for pressure systems (piping, vessel, equipment, and related systems), and or coordination with Independent Verification Bodies, IVB or Independent Third-Party Inspection Agencies, ITPIA.
  • Other primary purpose is to provide evidence of the Client and supply-chain adherence to the contracted quality requirements within their respective Client Programmes and Projects.
  • Their secondary purpose is to support Client Programmes in achieving adherence with the Project-wide quality arrangements, as well as ensuring that appropriate project-specific quality arrangements are established, as required in addition to ensuring the implementation of quality for all activities within the scope of the programme, for example, Manufacturing Inspection and Test (MIT) Plans; Life-time Quality Records; NCR (Non Conformity Report), Facilitation; Root Cause Analysis; Audits. This could be on Client Sites or at Sub-contractors’ base within the UK and overseas where applicable.
  • The post holder may work in close collaboration with all other project functions and the supply-chain to ensure that project quality is delivered consistently compliant (within safety, quality, and right first time) while continuously adopting the Nuclear Safety Culture in the ways of working.


Dimensions (Contextual Information) dependent upon Client requirements:

  • As an embedded member of the Programme/Project the SQE will provide support on the application of specific quality activities within projects/contracts as directed by their client line manager to ensure both consistency and compliance.
  • Supporting the quality arrangements while ensuring that requirements are clearly defined, specified, and documented to deliver the products within safety, efficiency, and right first-time in accordance with the requirements. This may include project activities undertaken or by the MDT from inception through to operational handover including for example, Lifetime Quality Records (LTQR).
  • Maintain Project Quality Plans and MIT Plans in a consistent manner and where applicable.
  • Undertake surveillance/inspection activities (Client Sites/Sub-contractor facilities) where applicable.
  • Provide guidance on acceptability criteria and whether product quality is being diminished or not.
  • Support the data capture, and analysis of quality metrics to ensure that input to management reports on the delivery of quality within the MDT are unambiguous and consistent with the delivery expectations.
  • To manage the non-conformance process in the identification of Project-wide Preventative Action as well as facilitation timely closure of non-conformance reports, and to ensure project-wide learning is maximised.
  • To contribute to the planning as well as Lead work stream and cross-project audits as required.


Principal Accountabilities:

The Senior Quality Engineer is accountable to the Client for the following:

  • Delivery of the day-to-day quality management activities requested by the Client, in line with the general directions given by the Client’s Quality Director as defined in personal objectives or Task Orders.
  • Carry out design review tasks, and quality records for conformity with the relevant regulations, codes, and standards, and to support adequate quality oversight to provide assurance that quality is delivered efficiently and in accordance with specified requirements.
  • Participates as required in the production/review of the Programme Quality Delivery Arrangements Plan and specific MIT plans.
  • Participates in oversight of the review and acceptance of Quality Plans/Inspection & Test Plans provided by the supply-chain.
  • Supports the Client by taking the lead on establishing effective design, manufacturing / site surveillance programmes/ plans that enable coverage of identified risks.
  • Leads design review activities, and support manufacturing and installation surveillance activities in accordance with specific MIT Plans.
  • Ensures that appropriate controls are established with respect to the provision of design or manufacturing Quality Records or ‘End of Reports’ by sub-contractors.
  • Support the effective close out of non-conformances (including Root Cause Analysis) as a subject matter expert as well as the application of project-wide preventative action.
  • Supports Quality Auditors (Client and Sub-contractor based) in the prompt resolution of audit findings within the supply-chain and the MDT.
  • Ensures that effective participation in Programme and Project risk & opportunity reviews including lessons learnt reviews by the Client.
  • Participates in investigations related to quality issues.
  • Supports in the provision of regular quality reports on:
    • the delivery of quality (Product & Process) by the MDT or supply chain.
    • the status of non-conformances, inc. root cause/repeat events
    •  supply chain capability/readiness and performance.
    • quality records RFT, backlog etc.


My profile

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years post academic experience in design, analysis, and review of related documentation.
  • Experience in large project environment, preferably in the nuclear (or heavily regulated) sector, with significant focus on Product/project quality role, and with a specific engineering discipline knowledge.
  • Has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in the Nuclear Sector.
  • Position requires a dynamic individual who is a team leader as well as a team player and has a solid understanding of the design and quality control principles, and process management in projects.
  • Good awareness of working in an international quality environment.
  • Experience in assuring compliance with National and International standards such as GS-R-3, ISO 9001, ISO19443 etc.
  • Experience in Pressure systems design, manufacturing and inspection codes and standards including RCC-M, PED (2014/68/EU), Pressure Systems Safety Regulations, Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations, PED (Directive 97/23/EC), ASME I, ASME V, ASME VIII, ASME B31 series of codes etc.
  • Knowledge of Nuclear Licence Conditions and Technical Assessment Guides.
  • Experience planning and conducting Internal and Supplier Audits.
  • The ability to carry out inspections to appropriate standards e.g., pressurised systems.
  • Experience in the review of Quality Records (e.g., Material Certification; CFSI)
  • As minimum 2-4 years’ experience in leading or managing people or teams.
  • The ability and knowledge to be able to analyse quality data at various levels across the business.
  • The ability to influence and to provide constructive challenge which is accepted by others.
  • The ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in that application of Quality tools & techniques (e.g., Histograms; SPC; Cause & Effect);
  • Pro-active and flexible, being prepared to plan and work on own initiative across a broad range of issues to drive performance against all dimensions of the quality systems.
  • Fluent in verbal and written English language, preferably with some French or second language skills.



  • Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering or relevant discipline.
  • Registered Professional or Member of relevant Professional Organization.
  • Practitioner Grade Member of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) or equivalent engineering institute.
  • Formally recognised qualification in Quality, e.g., IRCA Audit.
  • Qualified to (preferably engineering) HNC/Diploma/C&G Licentiateship level as a minimum.
  • IRCA Registered Lead Auditor (Role Specific).
  • CSWIP 3.2 Senior Welding Inspector (Role Specific).
  • Internationally recognised NDT Qualifications in Radiography; Dye Penetrant; Magnetic Particle; ultrasonics. Minimum level II (Level III desirable) (Role Specific)

Due to the nature of work to be undertaken applicants will be required to meet certain criteria in order to attain a minimum level of UK BPSS security clearance if not already security cleared to a minimum BPSS level.

We are committed to equal treatment of candidates and promote, as well as foster all forms of diversity within our company. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds and perspectives is essential for creating innovative and impactful solutions. Skills, talent, and our people’s ability to dare are the only things that matter !. Bring your unique contributions and help us shape the future.

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