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 Senior Project Manager (Repository Capping) flexible working 3-4 days a week from its repository site in West Cumbria.

The Capping team are tasked with installing the final engineered cap over our legacy waste disposal facilities at the Repository Site in West Cumbria. These activities represent a significant investment in the Repository with an anticipated overall cost of around £250m.

As Senior Project Manager, you would be responsible for managing the delivery team on a day to day basis including building and maintaining collaborative relationships with our supply chain delivery partners. The role involves taking responsibility for delivering the cap construction works to high levels of quality to meet regulatory requirements. The cap has been designed and procurement activities are on track for construction to commence this year. As such, it is a great time to join the organisation and be able to setup the team / supply chain / delivery environment / work packages / culture to be able to deliver successfully. You will line manage a team of project delivery / construction professionals and oversee the matrixed functional resources that support delivery, such as Commercial / Engineering / Quality. 

Roles and Responsibilities

The role will primarily focus on the delivery phase of the project lifecycle: delivering complex activities on an operational nuclear licensed site. This will include management of civil engineering and earthworks contractors ensuring high quality work is delivered in line with NWS processes and procedures. The quality of the cap is of utmost importance with work being overseen by Independent Construction Quality Assurance engineers and inspectors. You will also be a member of the Repository Capping / Vaults Leadership Team; reporting to the Repository Capping / Vaults Programme Manager.

Typical annual spend will be around £20 million per year (including internal costs), however this will vary depending with the phasing of activities. Specific financial authorities are delegated to the Senior Project Manager, in line with the NWS scheme of financial delegation. This includes oversight of funds allocated to deliver contract work through the supply chain.

Experience Required


  • Experience (typically around 5+ years) of leading and delivering projects, in technical and regulated environments, and proven track record of managing and engaging effectively with internal and external stakeholders in such environments.
  • Experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams, including internal and external resources, to drive integration, teamwork and problem solving while holding people accountable for performance.
  • Demonstrable experience of successful delivery of projects to quality, time and budget.
  • Experience of managing positive relationships with the supply chain, including contract management.
  • Collaboration – able to build and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, bringing people together to benefit the project.
  • Working with ambiguity – able to 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 – good 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.


  • HND / Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification / suitable experience.
  • Health and Safety Qualification with NEBOSH or SMSTS or IOSH.
  • 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).
  • Working towards chartered status with a relevant professional body or having commensurate qualifications and experience.
  • Relevant experience of working with stakeholders to deliver project objectives.
  • Construction, 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
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