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Fire Safety Engineer

Job Description

Job Purpose / Overview

The Construction Fire Safety Engineer is part of a team of specialist fire safety and compliance professionals reporting to the Fire Safety Manager.

The main purpose of the job is to determine, manage, drive and coordinate construction Fire Safety projects for the construction phase of the project before permanent fire safety solutions and systems are available.

This will include, but is not limited to, the determination and design of temporary fire safety solutions to include temporary compartmentation, smoke control, fire barriers, fire alarm and detection systems.

The role will also provide advice and guidance on fire safety engineering matters to the Principal Contractor (NNB GenCo), ensuring fire safety standards are set and maintained across the HPC project.

The post holder will promote the development of a positive fire safety culture amongst a wide array of Contractors and stakeholders, support the development and implementation of fire safety systems and policies, report on fire safety engineering maters to relevant personnel and committees and support the continual improvement of Fire safety arrangements and systems on the construction site.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Design and implementation of temporary fire safety standards and systems to support the construction phase of HPC.
  • Writing and publishing fire safety engineering related guidance for the Construction Project to meet legislative requirements and best practice.
  • To provide fire safety engineering advice and guidance to the Principal Contractor, wider Contractor base and relevant committees to support the development of fire safety arrangements (both general and process related.
  • To develop, maintain, and review the implementation of temporary construction fire safety solutions and standards
  • To provide Fire Safety advice to Project Managers and design teams, to develop building fire engineering strategies.
  • To act as an advisor to construction, health and safety groups on matters relating to construction fire safety engineering strategy, design and implementation.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of matters relevant to the post (including best sector practices and regulations) by means of literature searches, contacts with professional bodies, attending relevant meetings, courses, and conferences.
  • To undertake other activities/responsibilities within their competence as directed by the line manager commensurate with the grade of the post.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

  • Good understanding of UK good practice, applicable codes and standards relating to fire safety engineering including the ALARP principle.
  • Knowledge of Fire Safety Design standards such as BS 5839 (Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings), BS 5266 (Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises) & BS 9999 (Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings).
  • Working knowledge of construction fire safety management, relevant legislation and regulation.
  • A good level of knowledge of General Fire Safety arrangements for construction sites and complex sites, along with fire safety equipment, systems and Fire Safety Roles.
  • A good working knowledge/understanding of process fire risk in relation to construction and commissioning-based activities.
  • A working knowledge of fire safety implications in relation to DSEAR.
  • Good organisational skills with practical and methodical project planning and ability to manage several concurrent work fronts.
  • Self-motivated and able to manage their own work priorities and actions.
  • Effective negotiating and influencing skills with the ability to develop and maintain constructive relationships with professional and managerial disciplines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to assimilate, analyse and present complex problems, identify necessary action, make recommendations and ensure actions are implemented.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Degree qualified in a suitable engineering discipline is preferable (other suitable qualifications and experience may be considered).
  • Level 5 Qualification in Fire Engineering or equivalent level qualification
  • Membership of an appropriate professional organisation (e.g. Institute of Fire Engineers).
  • Clear understanding of Fire Engineering principles and systems.
  • Experience of successfully developing and implementing construction fire safety projects.

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