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Technical Delivery Manager

Job Introduction

Job Description for Technical Delivery Manager:

NNL is where you’ll experiment to help solve global challenges. As part of our Waste Management & Decommissioning capability, your work will impact the lives of generations. By finding new ways to avoid, reduce, store and treat nuclear waste, and drive down the cost of decommissioning, you’ll help to deliver cleaner energy and influence our nation’s energy future. You’ll face new challenges every day, working in unique locations on ground-breaking projects. Whichever area you specialise in this is a place to do great science for a good cause.

This role is required to support the growing Waste & Residue Processing capability area at NNL Preston. The role will directly support the Capability Manager with the management and development of the area, along with providing technical capability to support delivery of technical development projects. The capability covers a broad range of projects and activities with exciting growth opportunities. The post holder will work closely with the Technical Leads, to ensure the team are mobilised for effective project delivery. The role would suit an individual with experience of delivering technical development projects and an interest in gaining experience in a management role.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Technical Delivery Manager:

  • Lead and line manage a technical delivery team (up to 8 direct reports).
  • Liaise with project managers to ensure effective planning and scheduling of team projects.
  • Liaise with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure all enabling activities are planned and delivered effectively (including equipment maintenance, preparation of permissioning documentation, procurement of equipment and consumables).
  • Work alongside Technical Leads to develop project scopes and estimates based on customer requirements.
  • Lead the delivery of assigned technical projects to the required time, cost and quality.
  • Develop, define and carry out experimental work programmes to meet agreed objectives (dependent on experience).
  • Work alongside the Capability Manager to ensure a clear focus on team development (including development of people and facility / assets).
  • Work alongside the Capability Manager to take a lead role in the team’s improvement and assurance activity.
  • Provide technical and mentoring support to junior team members.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Technical Delivery Manager:

  • Minimum undergraduate degree in a relevant scientific subject; preferably Chemistry.
  • Experience of developing the scope of technical development projects to meet customer requirements.
  • Experience of taking a lead role in successfully delivering technical development projects to meet customer requirements.
  • Experience of taking a customer focussed approach to project delivery, with a pro-active approach to troubleshooting and the ability to actively engage with stakeholders to identify solutions to operational issues.
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to build relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Experience of supervising and supporting the development of junior team members.
  • Experience of working in an operational environment (laboratory or plant).
  • Demonstrable commitment to achieving high levels of safety and quality.
  • Demonstrable commitment to own personal development and seeking out and sharing new knowledge.
  • Demonstrable commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Ability to view ‘UK eyes only’ information.
  • 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 Technical Delivery Manager:

  • Line management experience.
  • Chartered membership of a relevant professional institute.
  • Experience of working in the nuclear industry.
  • Experience in the fields of chemical process development and / or radiochemistry would be an advantage, alternatively experience in a related field with evidence of the ability to quickly assimilate new technical knowledge.

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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