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Early Careers Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

To lead the development of the NNL Early Careers strategy across NNL, meeting the needs of the individual business areas within NNL This strategy includes the Post Doctorate, Graduate, Undergraduate, Degree Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeships. Develop an Early Career’s talent pipeline supporting engagement from schools, colleges and universities to enhance the corporate reputation for Early Careers programmes at NNL.

Role Responsibility

The main responsibilities for the Early Careers Manager will be:

  • Development of a NNL Level Early Careers skills development strategy to meet the long-term needs of the business, maximising our partnerships with universities, schools and colleges to ensure we get high calibre and diverse applications to all our EC programmes.
  • Development of new and continual improvement of existing Early Careers programmes for Graduates, Post Doctorates and Apprentices which meet the needs of the business and maximise retention of staff within NNL; taking best practice from other industries.
  • Partner with the resourcing and communications teams to design our EC value proposition and EC brand and identity. 
  • Optimise NNL’s approach to Early Careers processes, including attraction, recruitment and on-boarding and development of individuals.
  • Work with the business leads to ensure there is robust process for supporting the development of Early Careers people whilst on programme.  
  • Implement a robust Programme and Project approach to Early Careers defining, designing and coordinating the full life cycle of an EC’s journey.
  • Support business stakeholders with respect to resourcing, reward and assessment, financial planning and budgeting with regard to Early Careers.
  • Work with external training providers to deliver excellent development programmes for our EC people, raising standards and expectations, meeting the skills needs of the future.
  • Train, develop and support our EC support team, line leaders and early career coordinators to deliver early careers programmes and support our EC people whilst on programme.
  • Identify and track progress against the Early Careers Key Performance Indicators providing the Senior Leadership team with key information on the status of our Early Careers programmes. Develop and implement improvement plans to address areas of concern.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential skills for the Early Careers Manager:

  • Experience of managing diverse and multiple Early Career programmes concurrently.
  • Extensive knowledge of current L&D practices, concepts, principles, methods and techniques relevant to early careers.
  • Up to date knowledge of the Apprenticeship Levy rules and standards and experience of managing levy funding with approved training providers.
  • Qualifications to teach, coach and/ or mentor Early Career’s people. 

Desirable skills for the Early Careers Manager:

  • CIPD or similar qualifications and / or professional membership to a relevant professional body at Chartered/ Fellow level.


About the Company

Grounded in robust science and decades of experience, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the authoritative voice in the UK and beyond for technological development within the nuclear power sector.

Our unparalleled understanding of the science, challenges and opportunities makes us an unrivalled authority and partner in the field, providing experts, technologies, and access to cutting-edge facilities to organisations around the world.

Harnessing potential technologies and translating them into to industry-ready solutions means our pioneering approach spearheads international improvement and technological progress.

We work on projects as small as drilling a hole to analyse underground wastes with our integrated micro drilling technology, or as large as developing state-of-the-art power systems for spacecraft, based on radioactive materials

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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