The UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is seeking to appoint a National Waste Inventory Manager. This is an exciting time to be joining the organisation as the NDA Group will be heading in a new direction over the next 3 years with several significant strategic decisions beginning to take effect.

The NDA is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), supported by 5 agencies and public bodies. They report to BEIS; for some aspects of their work in Scotland, they are responsible to Scottish ministers. They ensure the safe and efficient clean-up of the UK’s nuclear legacy. This involves decommissioning and demolishing all buildings, as well as treatment and disposal of associated waste, both radioactive and conventional. They employ just over 200 employees. The headquarters are based in west Cumbria with another 17 sites across England, Wales and Scotland, some dating back to the 1940s, plus the associated liabilities and assets. The NDA’s role is strategic and includes: establishing the overall approach, allocation budgets, setting targets and monitoring progress. They do not have a hands-on role in cleaning up facilities. Instead, they deliver their mission through others, primarily 12 businesses.

Role description

At NDA, it’s essential that there is a clear understanding of their radioactive waste and material liabilities. This information helps to plan effectively, to develop relevant strategies for managing wastes and materials and to communicate with stakeholders. It is also important that, where appropriate, they facilitate the transfer of materials and samples to credible organisations (such as universities) for valuable research and development projects. The purpose of this role is:

  • to deliver the UK Radioactive Waste Inventory on behalf of UK Government to meet national and international obligations;
  • to provide leadership and direction on issues relating to the UK Radioactive Waste Inventory including developing and implementing strategy, leading inventory programmes and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders; and
  • to provide leadership of the materials and samples management process, enabling them to support essential research and development projects.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Lead the development and delivery of the UK Waste Inventory every 3 years on behalf of UK Government (BEIS) including:
    • Develop scope, method of delivery and identify procurement route;
    • Manage contract performance and deliverables;
    • Publish information on waste to the public domain
    • Produce information on wastes for International reporting e.g. to the European Commission, OECD NEA and IAEA
  • Develop NDA’s inventory strategy accessing good practice internationally to maintain it as a tool to support strategic decision making (the most recent strategy paper can be found here).
  • Identify and implement inventory improvement activities across radioactive waste producers. Ensure that the inventory meets the needs of NDA, Radioactive Waste Management Ltd (RWM) and the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR).
  • Chair and manage the National Inventory Forum, a group which brings together inventory managers from waste producers (e.g. Sellafield Ltd, Magnox Ltd, DSRL, MOD, EDF Energy, Urenco, UKAEA), BEIS, disposal organisations RWM and LLWR and regulators (e.g. ONR, EA).
  • Communicate the UK radioactive waste inventory through appropriate media and to meet national and international standards.
  • Develop the strategy for management of materials and samples across the NDA estate to ensure that the NDA mission is technically underpinned. Materials and samples are items that are retained due to a perceived value such as irradiated steel samples.
  • Provide leadership of NDA’s materials and samples management process including developing this process, reviewing and approving requests for NDA materials and samples from external organisations and managing the process within NDA from request to receipt.
  • Support NDA and UK Government in the development of Policy and Strategy through provision of accurate underpinning information on waste inventories including waste quantities and uncertainties.
  • Engage with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver the above scope including:
    • policy officials in BEIS
    • regulators including ONR, EA, SEPA
    • radioactive waste producers and disposal organisations (NDA and non NDA group organisations) e.g. RWM, LLWR, Sellafield Ltd, Magnox Ltd, EDF Energy, MOD
    • wider supply chain including research organisations and universities
    • key stakeholder groups such as CoRWM
    • internal contacts such as NDA strategy leads, NDA communications, NDA legal, NDA Strategy Implementation Managers.

Essential skills

  • Experience of waste management programmes (conventional or radioactive)
  • The ability to work well in a team as a leader and/or contributor, encouraging delivery through others;
  • The ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders and engage at a national and international level;
  • A focused and factually based approach to delivery, with high attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication skills to engage with a wide range of stakeholders from UK Government to general public and ability to access many methods to achieve this;
  • Track record of project management and delivery of complex projects/programmes, including relevant procurement knowledge and commercial awareness;
  • General knowledge of the nuclear sector both in UK and abroad and of other relevant sectors beneficial;
  • General knowledge of UK regulatory framework for nuclear sector beneficial;
  • General knowledge of UK policy framework for nuclear sector and for area of accountability beneficial.

Desired skills

  • Educated to degree standard, e.g. in a relevant STEM field
  • Membership of an appropriate Professional Body


Competitive and depending on experience

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