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Special Processes Manager (NDT and Weld)

  • Sector: Power & Energy
  • Location: Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 28/07/2017
  • Duration: permanent
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The Role:
The Special Processes Manager will define, develop and manage Welding Processes and Special Processes and standards so that welding performance is enhanced across the project lifecycle and Customer/ Regulatory requirements are fulfilled.

To support bids and establish processes which enhance design for manufacture associated with special processes and welding activities.

To establish and operate, with the Operational QC Manager, special processes and welding governance systems which include Management audits, Gemba walks, special processes and welding inspection, special process arrangements, KPIs and monthly reporting

To develop competency and manage SQEP of the welding teams across the business so that customer and regulatory requirements are fulfilled.

To establish and manage subcontractor approval activities associated with welding and special processes

To support the functional Management by providing functional welding expertise on investigations, training, process development etc.

Key Activities

To provide appropriately management of the Special Processes Team in terms of the QA and QC of special processes including the process and product verification/inspection activities and assume responsibility for:

Special Process procedures/technique sheet compilation, review and approval;

pWPS/WPS/WPQR compilation, review and approval

Management of all associated Product LQRs and Process Records

Management of all Inspection, Test and Measuring Equipment used for verification

Management of staff in terms of their Welfare, Training and Development and performanace management

Management of departments budget and sepnd includng reporting of performance

The Special Processes Manager will be involved in the Management of teams workload and priorities in line with project delivery needs.

Resource Management Planning to support tenders, bids, emerging and current project needs

Provide support to Bid/Estimate support in terms of Special processes and welding through deployment of the team

Provide Technical support to supply chain approval process in line with procurement supply chain development strategy and audit schedule

Support to Investigations, RCA and Corrective action in terms of Welding and Special process Non Conforming Product and/or audit NCRs

Establish KPIs to monitor and drive improvement in respect to welding and special processes.

Provide input into periodic Management Reports and Reviews as demanded by Head of SHSEQ

Provide support to product verification at source (Supply Chain) and also to Customer Verification activities which involve Special process or welding verification in lime with Quality Plan, ITP and/or planned route card operations

Additionally, assume reesponsibility for the test facilities and staff as follows;

the results of special process and welding operations;

verification of visual acuity of special processs and welding staff and contractors

ensuring that personnel hold valid certification relevant to their tasks within the organisation;

maintaining appropriate records.

Establishing, reviewing for editorial and technical correctness and validation of special process and welding instructions and procedures;

Interpreting special process and welding codes, standards, specifications and procedures into NDT instructions adapted to the actual working conditions;

Evaluating and interpret results in terms of existing standards, codes, and specifications;

Maintaining sufficient practical knowledge of applicable materials, fabrication, process, and product technology to select special process and welding methods, establish special process/welding techniques, and assist in establishing acceptance criteria where none are otherwise available;


Must have NDT Level 3
Minimum HNC in a related subject e.g. materials or engineering
Level 3 PCN qualification in;
Visual Testing
Liquid Penetrant Testing
Magnetic Penetrant Testing
Ultrasonic testing
Level 2 qualification (PCNII/ CSWIP3.1) in;
Weld Inspection

Skills & Experience
5 years minimum relevant industry experience from Nuclear/Aerospace/Defence/Oil & Gas Engineering Sectors

Interpretation of complex detailed engineering drawings and associated specifications and standards

Highly competent with MS Office applications


Degree or Higher in a related subject
CSWIP 3.1 or 3.2 (or PCN equivalent)
RWC Status (Specialist or Comprehensive) or IWS/IWT?IWE
Membership of Welding/NDT/Materials institutions
Level 2 or higher Qualification in;
Paint Inspection
Radiographic Interpretation
Auditing Skills
Quality Management
Problem Solving & Improvement e.g. 8D, DMAIC
Hiring Manager to include Job Description.

The Company:
Your future in Nuclear. Specialising in the design and manufacture of bespoke engineering solutions for the nuclear energy, nuclear decommissioning and defence markets, our client is a key player. They design, engineer, manufacture, assemble, test, commission and install, as well as offering ongoing specialist support services. They are a core subsidiary of a global Italian group that operates in over 90 countries and is Italy's largest supplier, installer and service provider in this sector.

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