About the Employer

Nuclear Waste Services

Nuclear Waste Services brings together the UK’s leading nuclear waste management capabilities. We have integrated the expertise of Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR), Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group’s Integrated Waste Management Programme (IWMP). This creates an organisation focused on the management of the UK’s nuclear waste, safely and securely for generations to come.

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Job Description

Nuclear Waste Services has a vacancy for a Programme Manager to lead our Repository Asset Care / Enhancement / Remediation (RACER) delivery team on-site at the LLWR repository in Cumbria.

The RACER delivery team ensures the Nuclear Waste Service's Repository Site assets are renewed, refurbished, upgraded and improved in line with our Asset Management Investment plans. Working closely with the Site's main stakeholders, RACER deliver a pipeline of Tasks and Projects ranging from £10k to £25 million and above. The Tasks and Projects cover a wide range of complexity and can include study work through to significant design packages, installation of new equipment, construction of new plants or facilities, demolition and remediation. 

Roles and Responsibilities

As Programme Manager, you would be responsible for leading the RACER team including forming and managing collaborative relationships with our supply chain delivery partners.

The role involves overall accountability for delivering the Repository Asset Management pipeline of works. You will line manage a team of project delivery professionals and oversee the matrixed functional resources that support delivery, such as Commercial / Engineering / Quality. The role provides the opportunity to work across the full project delivery lifecycle; across a diverse portfolio of project and tasks on an operational nuclear licensed site as part of the Repository Site Leadership Team; reporting to the Site Programmes Director and being a visible leader in Nuclear Waste Services' project delivery community.

Experience Required


  • Experience (typically around 10 years) of leading and delivering multi £m projects, in technical and regulated environments, and proven track record of managing and engaging effectively with internal and external stakeholders in such environments.
  • Experience leading, motivating and managing multi-disciplinary teams, including internal and external resources, to drive integration, teamwork and problem solving while holding teams accountable for performance.
  • Demonstrable experience of successful delivery of projects to quality, time and budget.
  • Experienced and comfortable with change with the ability to work with an organisation that is undergoing significant transformation and can demonstrate a proven ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Experience of establishing strong positive relationships with the supply chain, including procurement and contract management of complex technical contracts.
  • Visible leadership – able to lead through engaging, motivating, coaching and empowering others.
  • Collaboration – able to establish and develop collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, bringing people together to benefit projects or programme.
  • Working with ambiguity – able to build consensus and set direction in uncertain situations and apply knowledge and techniques to reduce ambiguity.
  • Conflict resolution – able to recognise, anticipate and effectively deal with existing or potential conflicts or disconnects at individual, team or strategic levels.
  • Communication – demonstrably strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external to the organisation, and at all levels of seniority.


  • Degree qualified in a science or engineering subject.
  • Relevant programme / project management qualifications (e.g. APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) / APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) / PRINCE 2 Practitioner / Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner).
  • Chartered with a relevant professional body or having commensurate qualifications and experience.
  • Relevant experience of working with stakeholders to deliver project objectives.
  • Nuclear or Infrastructure Sector experience.
Equality Diversity Inclusion

We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. We are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive. We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the communities we support. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBTQ+ and candidates who have a disability.

In promoting equal opportunities, we welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of disabled candidates who meet all of the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group. 

LLWR Repository
CA19 1XP
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