Current vacancies

Dounreay is Scotland’s largest decommissioning project and is widely recognised as Europe’s most complex nuclear closure programme. For more than 50 years it was known as the centre of the UK’s fast reactor research and development and now the team is aiming to be recognised as a centre of excellence for nuclear decommissioning. Dounreay offers an opportunity to be involved in some of the UK’s most leading edge technical projects, developing unique skills and experiences which are highly sought after across the industry.


ENGINEERING Apprenticeships (Mechanical, Electrical and Instrumentation)

Be part of it

This programme provides unique and challenging opportunities. The people we train today will have the opportunity to be involved in some of the most exciting technical projects in the world and to develop skills which will be increasingly needed both at Dounreay and in other areas of industry.

Your position

The apprenticeship is a comprehensive training programme lasting up to four years. It starts with a year of Engineering Foundation training at ETEC, North Highland College UHI, Thurso followed by up to three years of training and work experience at Dounreay and other locations, with day release for academic studies.  The programme leads to an SVQ Level 3 in an Engineering discipline and requires you to gain a Higher National Certificate in Engineering Systems.

The training & qualifications you will gain are highly valued in modern industry; employment with DSRL on completion of the programme is dependent on Dounreay site requirements at the time and your performance.


You should:

  • have achieved (or expect to achieve) a minimum of National 5 (Grades A-C) or Standard Grade (Credit Level) in Maths, Physics or Engineering Science and a Technical subject
  • for Electrical and Instrument Technicians there is a requirement to pass a colour vision assessment
  • live within daily travelling distance of Dounreay
  • be eligible to leave school in Summer 2019


Starting Salary: £12,360 in Year 1 rising to £17,852 in Year 4

Closing Date for Applications: Thursday 14 February 2019

 Start Date: 2 September 2019

 Contact:  If you are interested in applying for a position, send a completed apprentice application form along with covering letter to:

Human Resource Department, Traill House, 7 Olrig Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7BJ or by e-mail to

Application forms can be downloaded from our website or by calling 01847 890917 / 890920.


Senior Manager Delivery (Security and Resilience)


Be part of it:

As senior manager delivery your role will be to provide support to the security and resilience function in accordance with nuclear industry security regulations, civil nuclear security standards and security policy framework.  The job holder will be responsible for ensuring that the site maintains compliance with these regulations and other business requirements.


Main responsibilities

  • Lead Dounreay security and resilience staff as a senior manager
  • Ensure that physical, personnel, operational and project security standards are met in accordance with business and regulatory requirements and as required by Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR)
  • Manage the production of the site security plan, counter-terrorist contingency plan, transport security statement and security report in accordance with business and regulatory requirements
  • Develop and implement a programme of security and resilience arrangements required to ensure compliant with Dounreay business and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that regulatory actions, as assigned, are closed
  • Maintain internal and external stakeholder and regulator relations
  • Maintain annual site funding limit for area of responsibility taking into account analysis of dependencies and constraints, scope, risks and assumptions
  • Provide advice, training and guidance on security matters
  • Conduct and support investigations and ONR (CNS) interventions as required
  • Participate in and support all Dounreay site exercises
  • Perform the responsibilities of management appointments relevant to the post including duty security advisor
  • Be appointed to RWA corporate body


Desirable Aptitudes and Experience

  • Qualified to degree level in science/engineering/business or equivalent plus experience
  • Minimum of 5 years security/delivery experience with a preference for experience in critical national infrastructure
  • Member of the Nuclear Institute
  • Proven multidisciplinary project management skills
  • Demonstrable ability to convey complex issues in a clear manner in the written and spoken word
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Self-motivated and assertive and willing to challenge
  • Ability to work across a diverse stakeholder group in a constructive and collaborative manner and manage sensitive stakeholder relationships
  • Experience of leading a team, coaching and developing others
  • The ability to work under pressure to time deadlines whilst maintaining quality of output
  • Sound knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
    • nuclear industry security regulations
    • NORMS and the proposed ONR security assessment principles
    • counter terrorist contingency planning
    • transport security
    • operational requirements



You will have the opportunity to work in a supportive and stimulating workplace environment where working relationships matter. You will be able to apply and develop further your leadership and wider business skills and help shape the future direction of the business.

You will also enjoy the unique experience of life in the north of Scotland which has retained its strong community spirit and where you will be recognised as an individual, not just one of the crowd.

As you would expect, the role comes with a salary and bonus arrangements which reflect the responsibilities of the role. In addition the package includes relocation assistance (where appropriate), an attractive company pension scheme, generous annual leave entitlement and the ability to work flexibly within the needs of the job.


Additional information

On call requirement:  The successful candidate will be expected to join the Security & Resilience Directorate on call roster as a condition of employment.  This is expected to involve a commitment to be on call for a maximum of 7 consecutive days in any calendar month.

The successful candidate will be required to hold Developed Vetting security clearance or be prepared to undergo security vetting to attain this level.

We are an equal opportunity employer and are fully committed to the development of a diverse workforce.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Salary:  £61,106 to £84,159

Closing date:  1 February 2019

 Interviews to be held:  Week commencing 11 or 18 February 2019

Reference number:  118/18

For further information, contact:  Mac MacGill. Telephone 01847 802144 or email:

 To apply:  Please complete an application form which can be downloaded from, and forward along with your CV to the HR Department at the below address

 Applications to:  HR Department, Traill House, 7 Olrig Street, Thurso, KW14 7BJ or by email to


Dounreay’s Civil Nuclear Constabulary are recruiting

A police force offering a variety of police officer and support roles at all levels – see the website for more details.

Nuclear works – Capita Resourcing

As well as the vacancies advertised on our website, opportunities to work at Dounreay are also available through Capita Resourcing