Demilitarisation Disposals Manager



Demilitarisation Disposals Manager


Posted by on December 2, 2020.


  • Job ID: 12430
  • Position Type: Full Time – Permanent
  • Site: Shoeburyness
  • Job Level: 12
  • Job Family: Engineering
  • Education Required: Other (please see job description)
  • Division/Practice: Engineering and Operations

QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.  Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving.  Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?

Job description/Person specification:

Demilitarisation is a continuous Ordnance Munitions and Explosives (OME) service operation delivered under the Long Term Partnering Agreement with MOD, delivering safe disposal of life expired munitions, certification as Free From Explosive Hazard of packaging and recovery and recycling of brass recovered from spent munitions.

The role holder is responsible to the Demil Operations TL for the safe conduct of all Demilitarisation Tasks and Processes involving the disposal of explosive stores.

Position Requirements:

Responsible for Safe management of all Open Burn and Open Detonation (OBOD) elements of demilitarisation activity. Ensuring that all Hazardous Activities delivered are conducted safely in accordance with legislation including ER14 and regulatory requirements including Munitions Technical Publications and the QinetiQ Hazardous Activities Management process.

Responsible for the operational priorities for demilitarisation OBOD tasks and ensuring they are sufficiently resourced with appropriate supervision.

Responsible for all Safe Systems of Work (SSoW) within the demilitarisation OBOD stream including current disposal techniques and safe development of new techniques as the demand arises

Responsible for the preparation of submissions for amended or new disposal tasks to the relevant level of review in accordance with the QinetiQ Hazardous Activities Management process. Ensuring that all Safety Distances for demilitarisation tasks are calculated using an approved method and have been authorísed for use.

Responsible for continued personal technical competence and currency to conduct demilitarisation tasks.

Responsible for ensuring comprehensive task/process safety briefings specific to the task/process are delivered to all employees directly ínvolved.

In collaboration with the OME Team Leader and Demil Ops Team Leader, ensure that Customer stocks for disposal are controlled such that the storage capacity at SHB meets the Demil customer requirements and remains within HSE licensing constraints.

Provision of technical leadership on specialist/novel demilitarisation tasks delivering Subject Matter Expertise as required by the customer.

Responsible for liaison with the Engineering Manager to ensure that the maintenance activities of all demilitarisation facilities and plant takes place taking account of production requirements and maintenance regimes.

Key Knowledge and Skills:

* In-depth understanding of range operations and constraints.
* Detailed knowledge of EOD disposals planning and range safety procedures.
* Awareness of range planning safety tools.
* Working knowledge of the MOD end-user structures.
*Clear understanding of environmental considerations and the applicability of sustainability appraisals in the demilitarisation planning process.
* Understanding of customer requirements and their translation into viable safe technical solutions
* Able to make operational decisions, in the day-to-day operations environment of Shoeburyness Range.

Behavioural Requirements:

* Capable of rapidly refocusing people and resources, to accommodate changing requirements.
* Capable of detached oversight.
* Able to liaise effectively with the Customer and Programmes community.
* Highly developed written and oral communication skills
* Sensitive to military ethos and operating principles.
* Sensitive to local environmental and community issues.
* Places high value on personal integrity.

Essential Qualifications:

* Hold Ammunition Technical Officer/Ammunition Technician Class 1 qualification or equivalent with proven experience in demilitarisation of explosives
* Be fully conversant with all current and developing EOD techniques

Desirable Qualifications:

* Hold full membership of IExpE

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