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Compliance Operations Manager

Job Introduction

Job Description for Compliance Operations Manager:

There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career.

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

The role of Infrastructure and Compliance (IC) Operations Manager is a challenging role, that requires a flexible approach and enabling mindset to support delivery in a complex environment, whilst ensuring compliance with a broad range of Nuclear and Industrial Safety requirements. The role holder will be accountable for the overall safety envelope of the facility, including nuclear, conventional, industrial, radiological, security and environmental aspects. The Compliance accountability is delivered through managing implementation and application of site and NNL standards, policies, processes and procedures. The role will involve leading the Operations Compliance team and process teams in setting out an ambitious and continual improving direction, facilitating team growth through support; setting stretching objectives and adoption of best practices from across the industry and pan-NNL. Sound communication skills are required to influence and coach internal stakeholders in ensuring the bigger picture compliance perspectives are understood by the facility.

The role also requires a forward-looking approach to anticipate longer term needs of customers and stakeholders of the Preston Facility.

Main Responsibilities for Compliance Operations Manager:

  • Ensuring facility wide operational activities are in compliance with site and NNL standards, policies, processes and procedures and facility safety case through implementation of systems, processes and assurance activities.
  • Generation and delivery of the broad discipline assurance programme, and adapting on insights from 2nd line assurance activities, subject matter inspection outputs, EHSSQ performance and wider industry trends.
  • Development and growth of the operational compliance and process teams to ensure current and future business needs are supported and succession needs anticipated.
  • Effective and deployment of the compliance team resources through proportionate risk management strategies.
  • Engagement with facility stakeholders to ensure compliance perspectives and delivery needs are understood and appropriately acted upon.
  • Deriving and operating against robust integrated plans that capture facility and organisational objectives, continual improvement activities from compliance and delivery perspectives and requirements of the Preston facility customers.
  • Process owner for facility wide operations permissioning, work authorisation and command and control arrangements.
  • Ensuring fit for purpose and continually improving compliance systems and processes to support the effectiveness and efficiency of Preston operations.
  • Undertake operational and emergency management roles, including on call duty Manager and duly authorised person.

Essential Criteria for Compliance Operations Manager:

  • Experience in a similar role (high hazard environment) with experience of command and control and EHSS&Q accountabilities.
  • Demonstrable experience in taking on responsibility, and using initiative, to prioritise work effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills at an operational level.
  • Excellent demonstrable experience of dealing with stakeholders at all levels to resolve conflict.
  • Drive, determination, confidence, enthusiasm and a willingness to propose alternatives to established approaches.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement; willing to proactively make suggestions on potential developments.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; strong organisational skills; be able to multitask and re-prioritise to meet changing needs and project deadlines in a team environment.
  • Ability to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency).

Desirable Criteria for Compliance Operations Manager:

  • Proven background in application and implementation of policies and facility wide processes in a high hazard industry.
  • Experience of interfacing with regulatory inspectors (e.g. ONR / EA).
  • A working understanding of Site lice licence conditions and principles of approach for licensee arrangements (SAPs etc).
  • EHS qualification holder.
  • Knowledge of safety case derivation principles and practical application/implementation experience.

Why join us?

NNL isn’t just a place where you can do career-defining work that makes a real-world impact. It’s also a place where you’ll feel appreciated and valued. We’re creating an inclusive workplace where everyone is free to be themselves and feel like they belong. We put your wellbeing first, we push you to reach your potential, and we do everything possible to help you feel safe, supported and inspired.

We also offer a range of employee benefits:

  • Sector leading Family-Focused Policies: celebrate life events, including enhanced maternity and paternity leave and a week off for your marriage.
  • NNL offers attractive pension plans. If you contribute 5%, NNL contributes 15%. Alternatively, if you choose not to contribute (0%), NNL will still contribute 10%.
  • Annual Leave: Benefit from 25.5 days of leave, plus 4 extra days to be taken during Christmas shutdown, plus Bank Holidays.
  • Reduced gym membership with discounts of up to 25% from 3,700 gym and leisure providers across the UK
  • Company Bonus: Be rewarded for your contributions.
  • Learning Opportunities: Enhance your skills through excellent development programmes.
  • Employee Assistance: Access support for personal and professional challenges.
  • Cycle to Work: Stay active and eco-friendly.
  • Life Assurance: Ensure peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
  • Enhanced Sick Pay Benefits: Receive support during illness or injury.
  • Access to ‘Mydiscounts’ which has a range of special offers and discounts from more than 200 suppliers, including medical insurance and dental insurance. 
  • Health Care: Health savings plan which allows you to claim money back on visits to the dentist, optician and/or physiotherapist (limits apply).

About The Company

NNL is where your solutions solve real-world problems. As part of our Engineering team, you’ll not only be able to get involved with a huge variety of projects, you’ll also have lots of opportunity to drive them through from start to finish – allowing you to see the impact your work has in a real-world environment. This is your chance to use your experience, expertise and ingenuity to collaborate with leading scientists. You’ll be part of a team that delivers work to benefit society by advancing cleaner energy, protecting the environment and keeping everyone safe.

NNL is an incredible place to work. A place where people do things that have never been done before. A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

Recruitment Agency Notice

We operate a strict Preferred Supplier List (PSL) for the provision of recruitment services. Only agencies on our PSL may provide CVs and only when the role is released to them by our recruitment team. We will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL. We explicitly reserve the right to add candidate details from unsolicited CVs from non-PSL agencies into our own candidate database and to pursue/hire such candidate(s) without any obligation, financial or otherwise, to the agency concerned.

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