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Thermal Treatment Programme Manager

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Job Introduction

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Programme Manager to join the fast growing waste and residue processing team within the National Nuclear Laboratory, based at Sellafield. The portfolio includes commissioning and operation of active waste treatment rigs and interaction with waste producers throughout the UK and EU - relevant experience would be welcomed.

The Programme Manager will support and manage a portfolio of projects within the team, currently focussing on development, installation and operation of novel thermal treatment technologies.

In addition to managing today’s projects the Programme Manager will also be expected to support the Business Manager in bidding for and winning new business to meet the team’s growth strategy. Experience of proposal writing and successfully bidding for new work is desired.

Role Responsibility

Ensure adequate health and safety arrangements are in place at all times for all team members and for sub-contracted work.

Manage and coordinate a team of Project Managers to deliver your portfolio of work including, but not limited to the following:

  • Produce estimates, offer letters and inputs to bids for new business.
  • Supply accurate and timely information to finance to enable invoices to be raised with customers.
  • Control work order numbers for internal time bookings and external purchases, tracking spends vs approved budgets.
  • Maximise NNL’s performance against customer key performance indicators.
  • Raise purchase requests for external purchases of goods and services.
  • Liaise with technical leads and facilities staff to ensure that work is delivered to meet time, cost and quality requirements.
  • Act as direct interface with the customer for all project issues.
  • Production of project delivery strategy documentation.
  • Ensure that project staff are suitably qualified, competent and experienced to fulfil their roles.
  • Ensure the quality of project deliverables meet with the customer’s expectations.
  • Ensure that NNL governance arrangements regarding estimate approval and contracting authority are understood and are in place within your team.

Where required, training in the above skills will be made available for a suitable candidate.


Occasional shift work may be required to support supervision on operational rigs.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Skills/Qualifications

  • Degree qualified in science / engineering, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to deliver within a team environment.
  • Proven excellent customer relationship skills.
  • Ability to deal with people across a wide range of management levels and technical expertise, including external organisations, plant management and commercial functions.
  • Proven record of problem solving and the ability to negotiate solutions to allow safe and efficient operations.
  • Proven track record in delivering complex multi-disciplinary projects to time, cost and quality.
  • SC level security clearance (or the ability to be).

Desirable Skills/Qualifications

  • Ability to operate Agresso and Microsoft Project, proficient in use of spreadsheets, good knowledge of operating a management system.
  • Knowledge of engineering, radiochemical and safety issues applicable to waste treatment.
  • Monitored radiation worker.
  • APM qualification for project management.
  • Appointed sub-contractor supervisor.


About the Company

We play a key role in the UK and global nuclear industry. That means reducing the cost of clean-up and decommissioning, maintaining critical skills and attracting talented new people to the industry. We're the only UK organisation with the skills, facilities and expertise to provide technical support to all aspects of the nuclear industry. What's more, we pride ourselves on offering quality, value and service to every one of our customers.

National Nuclear Laboratory

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