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Project Manager

Job Introduction

Job Description for Project Manager:

NNL is where your project management helps deliver our purpose. As part of our Project Management Authority, you’ll play a critical role in managing projects that deliver nuclear science to benefit society. Your project management skills and attention to detail will enable industry-leading scientists, engineers and analysts to work together to deliver unique projects using cutting edge technology. It’s a challenging role but it’s an opportunity to grow, adapt and develop new skills in a fast-moving area.

The Project Manager will be responsible for delivering projects safely and to the agreed level of quality, schedule and cost in a manner that complies with the NNL’s defined delivery framework and full compliance with all NNL policies. 

The role will be full time based primarily at Workington Laboratory and Central Laboratory with some travel to other NNL sites as required. The role will be associated with the delivery of Sellafield Ltd projects, primarily in the Spent Fuel Management and Retrievals and Remediation workstreams to deliver the POCO; Thermal Treatment; SIXEP and LAEMG Development programmes. The Project Manager will also require flexibility in their role.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Project Manager:

  • Management of project teams, identifying, addressing and resolving differences between individuals and/or interest groups.
  • Consolidating and documenting the fundamental components of projects (scope, schedule, resource requirements, budgets, risks, opportunities and issues, and quality requirements).
  • Supporting the preparation, approval, refining and updating of business cases, that justify the initiation and/or continuation of projects in terms of benefits, costs and risks.
  • Preparing and maintaining project requirements. Determining the best means of satisfying requirements within the context of project objectives and constraints i.e. developing solutions
  • Supporting the production of project proposals and gate documents, including approval through the appropriate governance stages.
  • Securing the provision of resources needed for projects from internal and/or external providers. Developing, implementing and updating resources allocations plans.
  • Developing and agreeing budgets for projects and controlling forecast and actual costs against them.
  • Supporting the preparation and maintaining schedules for project activities and events, taking account of dependencies and resource requirements.
  • Identifying and monitoring project risks (threats and opportunities), planning and implementing responses to them and responding to other issues that affect projects
  • Maintaining and applying quality management processes for project activities and outputs.
  • Implementing where necessary, protocols to change the scope of projects and updating configuration documents as required.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Project Manager:

  • Relevant experience within an industrial environment, preferably nuclear.
  • 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 tasks to time, cost and quality.
  • Ability to travel between sites/customers (Full Driving License Essential).
  • Project Management professional qualification (e.g. APMP, Diploma APM, IPMA Level D) or working towards.
  • 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 Project Manager:

  • Familiarity with delivering technical projects in Central Lab, Sellafield Site.
  • Ability to manage design subcontractors and design contracts.
  • Familiarity with Safety Case requirements and PMP process.
  • Ability to utilise project scheduling software for the purposes of controlling and monitoring project works, e.g. MS Project.
  • Demonstrable financial acumen and experience of using financial monitoring & performance tools / processes. 
  • Use of Microsoft Office – Work, Excel, Power-point.

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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