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Methods Manager

Job Introduction

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.

The Methods Manager (Asset Reliability Manager) will deliver asset and business performance improvements across NNL estate by ensuring that the appropriate proactive maintenance strategy and methods are developed then implemented by the operations & maintenance teams in a safe, efficient and consistent manner. 

Responsible for setting the framework of delivery against identified KPI’s, ensuring statutory, regulatory and mandatory maintenance compliance whilst satisfying both current and future strategic requirements of the NNL business..

The Methods Manager (Asset Reliability Manager) role operates across the organisation and there is flexibility in the base location (Warrington, Preston, Sellafield or Workington)  with regular travel to the other locations a requirement of the role.

Role Responsibility

The Methods Manager (Asset Reliability Manager) role is the provision of subject matter expert knowledge on front line asset care asset strategies to maximise performance from the NNL asset base

  • To support the Asset Management function in the development and implementation of short and long term maintenance strategies.
  • Identify any areas for future efficiency savings through improved asset care strategy and sharing best practice across the organisation.
  • Assist in the development of NNL’s asset management strategic roadmap, aligned to ISO55001.
  • Identify operational problems caused by underperforming assets. Investigate enhancement options and initiate, manage, and support improvement plans, to safeguard our performance commitments. 
  • Provide expertise to teams undertaking all predictive and preventative maintenance activities such as calibration, lubrication, thermography, vibration analysis, laser alignment, portable appliance testing and any other specialist reliability maintenance areas. 
  • Assist in the implementation and commissioning of capital projects in conjunction with Operations to ensure that the needs of predictive and preventative maintenance are met. 
  • Contribute to the development of operator asset care activities through change initiatives and embed the required changes within the teams performing them.
  • Support development of the annual maintenance budgets for the area, alongside delivery of our services within the financial constraints.
  • Support and promote training and development plans to maintain a highly skilled work force.
  • Drive the delivery of a health and safety centric culture within the teams. 
  • Production of management information and performance reports, alongside the onward presentation to key stakeholders across the business.

The Ideal Candidate

Professional level knowledge is required from the Methods Manager (Asset Reliability Manager) with a depth of know how in technical and specialised fields. This know how is built on understanding of theoretical concepts and principles and experience of practical application in an organisational context. 

  • Degree Qualified (Electrical, Mechanical, Instrumentation) or HND in an equivalent discipline
  • Demonstrable experience in a similar role in a regulated industry
  • Reliability Centred Maintenance/FMEA practitioner
  • Qualified to Certificate or Diploma level within the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) or demonstrable knowledge of the practical application of the asset management processes
  • Demonstrable practical engineering knowledge of physical assets and associated management activities 
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Nuclear safety case and Safety Mechanisms
  • Ability to communicate key information both verbal and written with customers, regulators, suppliers, and stakeholders

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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