Company: Wood
Skills: Safety Engineering
Education: High School/Secondary
Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Overview / Responsibilities

Principal Technical Safety Engineer

Wood Process and Energy (P&E) is recruiting a Principal Technical Safety (Process Safety) Engineer to join our team on a full-time permanent basis, based in our Glasgow office where we recognise the value of remote and hybrid working.

The role is a staff position suitable for an established process safety practitioner with significant technical safety experience and the ability to lead and manage people. Applications from those who have experience in design office projects covering concept, FEED, Detailed Design and EPC will be considered.

The Operations business provides services to brownfield and greenfield projects across multiple sectors including Oil & Gas, refining, petrochemicals, bulk and fine chemicals and pharma. Wood Glasgow also provides support in specialist areas such as Hydrogen, CCS and new technology. Our Technical Safety team also provide specialist support to other parts of the business including consultancy services and provision of independent safety review co-ordinators and facilitators.

You will join the technical safety team which provides services to projects across multiple sectors covering the whole life cycle, typically from concept to EPC, and operational support. You will collaborate with engineers and designers from all disciplines to ensure effective safety and environmental practices are adopted and risk management processes observed.

Day-to-day responsibilities:
  • Act as the discipline focal point for the Glasgow based operations to lead and deliver Technical Safety project activities within quality, budget and schedule constraints
  • Manage the team of Tech HSE engineers executing work scopes for the Glasgow office, including checking and approval of design deliverables
  • Support to projects on regulatory requirements including COMAH, DSEAR, PSR, PUWER and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order
  • Lead formal process safety studies such as HAZID, HAZOP, SIL target setting etc. and other safety workshops when required; these studies may be done in person or remotely to suit client preference
  • Provide sound technical advice and solutions to a diversity of technical problems within the discipline, including environmental engineering matters
  • Co-ordinate with other disciplines during all stages of design development, construction, pre-commissioning, and start-up
  • Deputise for the discipline manager as required
  • Provide technical support to projects and site as required
  • Produce Design Safety Engineering deliverables, including but not limited to philosophies, design HSE plans, safety reports, specifications, equipment specifications
  • Carryout active and passive fire protection assessments including, but not limited to, fire risk assessments, fire protection philosophies, fire water demand calculations, fire water adequacy checks and hydraulic calculations using PIPENET spray/sprinkler module.
  • Provide services including QRA, EERA, dispersion modelling, thermal radiation and blast modelling.
  • Attend client meetings and communicate issues with other engineers as required
  • Interact with team members in a positive and professional manner at all times
  • Adhere to, and comply with, relevant discipline specific procedures and provide feedback for continuous improvement
  • Participate in audits and incident investigations as required
  • Ensure self-awareness of relevant regulatory framework, legislation changes, initiatives and industry technology developments
  • Application of the fundamentals of process safety and environmental engineering methodologies, software systems, and design practices as they relate to all phases of the project life cycle
  • Generate discipline estimates and schedules

Join a culture of innovation , pushing the boundaries of what is possible to seek the best solutions for our clients.

What we can offer
  • Meaningful and interesting projects delivered to leaders of industry across emerging energy sectors
  • Flexible working arrangements that balance client, team and individual needs offering hybrid and remote working where relevant
  • Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion ; we are an organisation actively committed to diversity and inclusion across our business
  • Competitive salary with regular salary reviews to ensure we are rewarding at the right level in line with the market
  • Flexible benefits package ; inclusive of 33 days annual leave (including public holidays), generous contributory pension scheme, private medical cover, 4x base salary life insurance; all of these and more that can be adapted to suit your own lifestyle
  • Commitment to continued professional development; development plans that are tailored to your individual needs and interests
  • Global connections : join experts around the world who are at the leading edge of our industry, shaping the standards of our profession

Skills / Qualifications

  • Degree in Chemical Engineering or a related subject
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Relevant project experience; refining and petrochemical experience would be an advantage
  • Considerable experience of leading and facilitating hazard studies (HAZID, HAZOP & LOPA)
  • Considerable experience of Fire and Explosion protection engineering, including consequence analysis and fire risk assessment
  • Considerable experience of gas (toxic & flammable) dispersion consequence analysis and fire and gas detection methodologies
  • Effective communication skills
  • Competent user of standard Microsoft Office package, particularly MS Word and Excel
  • Applicants should be able to obtain a UK security clearance

  • COMAH Safety Report, including engagement with the Competent Authority
  • DSEAR compliance demonstration
  • Experienced user of industry standard software packages such as PIPENET, DNV PHAST, exSILentia, PHA Pro, HAZOP Manager
  • Certified Functional Safety Engineer
  • Certified Hazard Study leader
  • Environmental Protection Engineering experience
  • Human Factors awareness
  • Awareness of process operations and/or brownfield modifications

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering, helping to unlock solutions to critical challenges in energy and materials markets. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in 60 countries, employing around 35,000 people.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 40,000 people. At Wood our common purpose is to ‘unlock solutions to the world’s most critical challenges.’ Through the delivery of our Consulting, Project and Operations solutions across energy and the built environment we deliver exceptional returns for our clients, our people, our investors and the communities where we live and work. Visit us at and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.