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Senior / Principal Design Safety Engineer

Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom


Job Description

Wood is currently recruiting for contract Senior and Principal Technical Safety Engineers to provide services to our Technical HSE Team based in Reading.
You will be working alongside the Design HSE Group, within the Engineering Department, and will liaise with the Group Manager Design HSE. The department sits within the New Energies business of Wood.


Working within a project team, you will provide the following services:

Writing Health and Safety Plans and Philosophies
Overseeing process safety aspects of design and associated documentation 
Interpreting and applying process safety-related legislation and standards
Conducting safety studies and qualitative and quantitative risk assessments
Participating in HAZOP, HAZIDs and LOPA reviews, potentially as Chair
Conducting project audits

Suitable contractors may also perform the role of Lead Engineer in a project environment. This is a technical role directing a team of Technical Safety Engineers in a project environment. In this role you will be undertaking the following activities:

Planning activities and deliverables of your team against project schedule
Meeting project deadlines, milestones and budgets for deliverables
Monitoring and directing the work activities of your team
Liasing with project management and client
Communicating with and co-ordinating work with other engineering discipline teams

Our clients are diverse and range from energy transition start-ups to multinationals. 
Project stages vary from conceptual studies through to detailed design and construction, with significant work on Pre-FEED and FEED phases. 

A caring team culture – we support each other professionally and personally, encouraging knowledge sharing across all areas of the business 
Flexible working arrangements that balance client, team and individual needs – offering hybrid and remote working where relevant 
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion – we are an organisation actively committed to diversity and inclusion across our business 
Competitive remuneration package with regular reviews to ensure we are rewarding at the right level in line with the market 
Flexible benefits package inclusive of 33 days annual leave (including public holidays) and additional ‘flex days’. Further benefits include a generous contributory pension scheme, private medical cover, life insurance; all of these and more that can be flexed to suit your own lifestyle
Commitment to continued professional development – development plans that are tailored to your individual needs and interests 
Global connections – join experts around the world who are at the leading edge of our industry, shaping the standards of our profession 



Degree in an Engineering discipline, preferably Chemical or Process Engineering
Membership of a recognised professional institution (e.g. Chartered Engineer)
Technical competence in core Design Safety subject areas, notably; Hazard identification, Consequence Modelling, Risk Assessment, Working knowledge of applicable international standards
Experience in the application of Design Safety within a design environment likely to include the following: Oil & Gas, Petrochemical and Refining, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), Carbon Capture/ Hydrogen Production
Analytical and conceptual thinking skills, ability to manage own work and the work of others, plus a strong customer focus and team-working skills
Ability to work to agreed delivery dates while collaborating with others in multifunctional teams.
Good written and verbal communication skills


Relevant postgraduate qualification in Process Safety 
Experience of working in the process industry and energy, oil and gas, refining and petrochemical sectors
Leadership skills and experience 
Commercial awareness
Design review facilitation skills (e.g. HAZOP)

If you consider that your experience and qualifications do not match our requirements, perhaps because you come from outside the engineering contracting industry, we would still like to hear from you. We are keen to attract individuals with the potential to make a significant contribution to our business. 

About Us

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering, helping to unlock solutions to critical challenges in energy and materials markets. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in 60 countries, employing around 35,000 people.

Diversity Statement 

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

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