Director of Security and Resilience

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.

Be part of it

As Director of Security and Resilience your role will be to manage and motivate a team to ensure that Dounreay’s security and resilience arrangements comply with legislation, regulatory, customer and company requirements.

Main Responsibilities

You will be responsible for the promotion and embedding of a positive security culture which is responsive to the changing security needs of the site as the decommissioning programme progresses. This will include overseeing the development and implementation of security and resilience standards for the site covering physical, personnel and cyber security as well as emergency arrangements and the fire ambulance and rescue service. This requires effective management of internal and external stakeholder relationships and collaborative working across the business.

A key aspect of the role will be to manage and develop an effective site security team to deliver the scope of work. As a member of the Dounreay executive committee you will also contribute to development and implementation of site business strategy.

Desirable aptitudes and experience

  • Degree, or equivalent qualification plus experience, with a proven management track record
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills: collaborates well in a team environment, sensitive to clients’ needs and can develop collaborative client relationships
  • Adaptability and agility: ability to manage sensitive stakeholder relationships with customer (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority), regulators (Office for Nuclear Regulation(ONR)/Scottish Environment Protection Agency) and other key stakeholders (Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Highland Council, etc). Previous experience of interfacing with government would be advantageous
  • Ability to constructively challenge and implement new ways of working within the business and promote a culture of continuous improvement/learning
  • Ability to lead and motivate/inspire a team and act as a role-model for the site standards and expectations
  • Experience of security/delivery with a preference for experience in the critical national infrastructure. Knowledge and understanding of nuclear industry security regulations, national objectives, requirements and model standards (NORMS) and ONR security assessment principles, counter terrorist contingency planning and transport security
  • Experience in management of projects with a record of delivery to cost, quality and time


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:                Negotiable on appointment

Closing date:      8 June 2018

Reference no:     46/18

To apply:              Please complete an application form, with CV, which can be downloaded from

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

Or by email:

For further information contact: Graham Cameron on 01847 806422 or email: