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Process Safety - Consultant

Job Summary

AECOM has an exciting opportunity for a Process Safety Consultant to join our Permitting and Process Safety team in the UK.

The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting the growth of the UK Process Safety business, particularly in the areas of DSEAR / ATEX / COMAH compliance products and supporting Process Safety risk assessments such as HAZID and HAZOP.

AECOM’s process safety function works across multiple business and industry sectors including: Power, Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals, Glass, Food and Drink, Infrastructure, Defense and Developers. This provides an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to be involved in a variety of exciting and diverse projects with many of the UK’s most influential companies and to develop a breadth of capability in multiple sectors.

The Permitting and Process Safety team is expanding, and the candidate will be joining the team at an exciting time where we will be expanding the business in both established and new market sectors.

We are constantly developing our products/services in response to the marketplace and the successful candidate will also play a part in developing products/services in response to client requirements. The role would suit a graduate scientist or engineer with an appropriate level of experience who is now looking to progress their career and secure Chartership of their appropriate institution.

We have undertaken many projects supporting clients across a diverse industry base, including:

COMAH projects including applicability calculations, Safety Report updates, SMS and MAPP preparations for electronic components manufacture, aerospace metals production, oil refining, natural gas conditioning and fine chemicals production clients.

DSEAR/ATEX studies supporting MOD refuelling facilities, a large meat production facility, automotive and aerospace component manufacture, water infrastructure projects and waste disposal facilities.

Environmental Risk Assessment / CDOIF assessments for pharmaceutical, bio-ethanol and formaldehyde / resin plants.

HAZID, HAZOP and Process Hazard Review studies for chemicals production, water and power projects.

Operational site SHE support. We have placed staff on short term secondments into manufacturing sites, to deliver SHE obligations, and we have conducted Corporate Process Safety Audit programs for Blue Chip organisations. The clients have covered the chemical, power, pharmaceutical and aerospace industries.

Job Responsibilities:


Play an active role in contributing to the success of the AECOM business.

Work in partnership with other members of the Permitting and Process Safety function, assisting the successful winning and delivery of projects.

Liaise and work effectively with clients and other business functions within AECOM.

Business Development:

Support the Process Safety Team with development and growth of the business and accompany colleagues during client and site visits for pursuits.

Support the Process Safety Team in the preparation of proposals, job costing, assisting with the entry of prospects and opportunities into business management software.

Develop and maintain Process Safety marketing materials and CV’s assisted by colleagues.

Project Delivery:

The role will require the delivery of process safety services across a number of industry sectors covered by the environmental business line, i.e. General Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Organic Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Power, Non-Ferrous Metals, Inorganic Chemicals, Food and Drink etc.

Carry out the role of scribe for HAZID and HAZOP studies and assist with meeting facilitation and the preparation of agendas. The progression to study leader is expected following experience and training, under the mentorship of a Process Safety Associate / Principal. Experience in the use of HAZOP Manager software, or equivalent, would be beneficial.

Provide assistance to DSEAR risk assessments including hazardous area classification under supervision, preparing reports under guidance that are consistent with industry standards and guidance.

Provide assistance to COMAH and Hazardous Substance Consent compliance projects including developing spreadsheet calculations, preparation of Safety Report material and supporting documentation.

Undertaking process safety information gathering and research as requested by colleagues.

Work alongside Environmental Permitting and Soil & Groundwater colleagues to deliver safety and environmental risk and impact assessments in support of COMAH and Environmental Permitting such as H1 assessments, MATTE assessments (consistent with the Chemicals and Downstream Oil Industries (CDOIF) methodology) and permit applications under supervision.

Provide assistance with environmental risk assessment projects and fire water risk assessment modelling projects.

There will be the expectation for working at client sites or other AECOM office locations as the workload requires.

We are looking for people who are excellent team players who have a proactive and positive attitude and who are willing to contribute to and lead important project work.

The position offers an excellent career progression opportunity within an established, friendly and professional team. Benefits include a highly competitive salary according to skills and experience, together with a wide range of associated employment benefits.

As an employer of choice, we are more than happy to explore flexible working arrangements for this vacancy.

Minimum Requirements

Pertinent experience in an industrial or consultancy role.

NEBOSH would be advantageous.

HAZOP study leadership, which requires external training and verification via a third party e.g. IChemE. Verification as a HAZOP study leader would be advantageous.

DSEAR risk assessment foundation training and verification via a third party. Verification of undertaking a formal DSEAR risk assessment course would be advantageous.

Basic project management skills, including experience of programming, and budget/ financial management.

Preferred Qualifications

A base first degree in an Engineering or Scientific Discipline.

Candidates experience should be commensurate with the specified job responsibilities.

Excellent report writing, technical reviewing and communication skills – all with an attention to detail.

The ability to work as part of an established team.

Full driving licence and a willingness to travel.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual profession

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