Protecting current and future generations is at the heart of Radioactive Waste Management’s (RWM) mission to deliver the UK’s first Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) and provide radioactive waste management solutions.

Role description

As Senior Policy Advisor, you will provide authoritative advice on many complex and inter-related socio-political issues as they relate to the GDF siting process. You will join a diverse organisation and develop a wider understanding of successful approaches to socio-political challenges through influence within RWM and key stakeholders.



  • Support the Chief Policy Advisor in ensuring that RWM’s engagement with Government(s) and key stakeholders is suitably joined up and of high quality.
  • Support the Chief Policy Advisor in ensuring the high quality of RWM work to carry out practical implementation of the consent based GDF siting process, including public and stakeholder engagement, to meet the requirements and expectations of local and national political stakeholders and civil society.
  • Maintain a sound understanding of the social and political issues in overseas and earlier UK geological disposal programmes and an awareness of the broader national and local political context within which the programme will be implemented.
  • Be responsible for ensuring relevant lessons and experiences from other programmes are consistently reflected and applied in RWM strategy, plans and actions, including public-facing materials.


Essential skills

You will have a firm understanding of how central government operates and knowledge of radioactive waste management policy in the UK, and potentially overseas. Experience of relevant major projects may also be helpful. You will also be capable of becoming a trusted advisory voice, both within RWM and externally, engaging with the public and stakeholders, with your communication skills being called upon continually across a number of levels.


About RWM:

RWM’s vision as an organisation is to create a safer future by managing radioactive waste effectively, to protect people and the environment, working in partnership with communities and collaborating with experts on multi-million-pound research programmes and radioactive waste producers to find ways to package it that are suitable for disposal in a Geological Disposal Facility.



We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position; however, we can only consider applicants who are eligible to work in the UK (citizen/permanent resident/work permit with sufficient length of validity).

Clare O'Brien