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Senior Regulatory Advisor (Secondment)

Job Introduction

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 Nuclear Innovation and Research Office (NIRO) is operated by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). Our role is to provide independent strategic advice and guidance to Government across a range of nuclear and energy-related activities. Our purpose is to enhance the deployment of a safe, secure, sustainable and reliable civil nuclear life cycle through high quality, informed and independent advice to Government. We do this through building strong relationships with Government, Industry, Regulators and Academia and may represent the interests of Government nationally and internationally, as required. NIRO is made up of NNL, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Industry secondees who have the knowledge and experience to achieve this aim. 
The nuclear industry faces important challenges. The Energy White Paper and the Prime Minister’s 10-point Plan expressed a clear need for nuclear to support the UK’s Carbon Budget 6 and Net Zero Carbon Targets.  In addition, the Nuclear Sectors Deal sets out a shared vision of Government and the nuclear industry to deliver reliable low-carbon power with significant cost-reduction to ensure it remains competitive with other sources of low-carbon technology.  New ideas and innovation will be crucial to meeting these challenges. NIRO plays a role in advising government on priorities for the delivery of nuclear energy to de-carbonise the UK whilst maintaining the standards expected from the mature UK nuclear industry in the UK.

This is an unrivalled opportunity to play a highly visible and influential role in an organisation that will shape the safe, efficient future of nuclear in the UK and as such we are seeking as diverse a range of candidates as possible.

The role can be based in NIRO’s Birchwood, Warrington office or undertaken remotely from anywhere in the UK, with regular travel to London once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. This role is an 18 months secondment.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a 2-page CV and a 1-2-page statement outlining their: 

  • Motivations for applying for the secondment
  • Suitability for the role, based on the requirements outlined above

Please combine your CV and statement onto one document and upload against the vacancy on the application tracking system

Role Responsibility

As Senior Regulatory Advisor, you’ll support the development and management of a function providing high quality independent objective advice to Government on the technical and regulatory implications of policy change and the scope and content of potential Government interventions. 

This will involve maintaining high quality relationships with Government officials, including operating as lead point of contact for Government on specific projects, and leading the development of advice. 

You may be involved in a number of Government and Industry meetings with respect to specific nuclear topics and you may also represent and promote the UK, on behalf of Government, in key international fora.  You will also be involved in facilitating and monitoring delivery of / driving the work of the refreshed Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (NIRAB) which is also charged with providing independent advice to Government.

You’ll provide high quality independent and objective support to Government on regulatory matters relating to policy development. With expertise in nuclear regulation and an up-to-date understanding of the domestic and international nuclear landscape, you’ll provide insights – including deliverability and challenges – for Government to progress key initiatives. 

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Senior Regulatory Advisor

  • A broad understanding of nuclear energy markets and technologies with expertise in some areas is essential.  
  • As well as a comprehensive understanding of national and international nuclear energy policy issues, you should have experience of working constructively and effectively with Government and policy makers, and the ability to engage and work with customers and stakeholders at a senior level. 
  • Excellent communication skills are important, as is the ability to tailor messages to a variety of audiences. Thought leadership will be a key ingredient in moving the nuclear sector forward. As such NIRO roles will be filled from individuals that have a broad range of backgrounds enabling a diversity of thought across the department.
  • You should also be able to achieve SC Clearance

Desirable Criteria for Senior Regulatory Advisor

  • To succeed, you will need the gravitas and credibility to develop and nurture a trusting relationship with key Government officials and other senior stakeholders, supporting them and your colleagues in identifying the regulatory implications of potential policy development. 

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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