Hazardous Material Practitioner

Ref No. OTH1645
Salary £39,950 - £47,000/annum
Location Bristol, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Not Specified


Across DE&S, we increasingly need to manage hazardous materials (hazmat) and control their impact on the environment and peoples' health.

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)


We are looking for a Hazardous Materials Practitioner to join the Ships Safety and Environmental Protection (SEP) team here at DE&S!

The Job

As scientific understanding develops and legislation changes, we need to ensure we effectively manage the associated risks and coordinate regulatory compliance and policy relating to Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) such as, asbestos, lead and chromates.

As the Hazardous Materials Practitioner, you will provide the delivery teams (DTs) in the Ships department with advice and guidance and you will coordinate key activities, all in the pursuit of improved compliancy. You will ensure that the equipment procured and supported by DE&S on behalf of the Armed Forces is safe to use and environmentally compliant with key Hazardous Materials legislation, regulation and policy. We really make a difference and are recognised as playing an important role with Ships department in and across Defence Equipment and Support.


In your role as the Hazardous Materials Practitioner within the Ships Safety and Environmental Protection (SEP) Team, your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

* Building subject matter expertise on hazmat and providing advice and guidance to DTs across the Ships domain relating to legislation, regulation and policy
* Advising DTs on the acceptable use of hazardous materials in the acquisition cycle
* Developing and managing a Ships team hazmat management process
* Developing and sharing of hazmat good practice in Ships domain
* Developing and maintaining a library of examples of compliant Hazmat documentation (such as technical dossiers and safety data sheets) for use by DTs
* Coordination of department wide programmes to ensure compliance for specific hazmat across all equipment and platforms, including production of progress reports for senior committees and management
* Representing the Ships department at the DE&S Hazardous Materials Stakeholder Engagement Group
* Engaging with the DE&S Hazmat team and Defence Safety Authority as required to ensure the Ships department is aware of future hazmat issues

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

* An understanding of hazardous material legislation as applied in your own industry or work area, including the safety and/or environmental implications of using hazardous materials
* Hold a minimum Level 4 NQF qualification (e.g. HNC) in a relevant engineering or science discipline, or demonstrate equivalent experience
* Have demonstrable experience in communicating with internal and external stakeholders
* Have demonstrable experience of providing technical advice and delivery of products or services within your own industry

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

* Experience working in the maritime industry, commercial or defence, or another regulated industries such as nuclear, oil & gas, aerospace, automotive, rail etc

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

* Implementation of policy and procedures - Practitioner
* Technical Decision Making - Practitioner
* Communicating and influencing
* Changing and improving

What's in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market-leading employer pension contributions of between 26.6% and 30.3% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Whilst you will be based out of the listed location, DE&S promotes Smarter working, which provides flexibility over where work is carried out whilst ensuring organisational outcomes are delivered effectively and efficiently. We adopt an 'attend for a purpose' approach in relation to visits to site.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Matchtech Group Plc is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.


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