Role description

The Company

Thomas Thor are working in an exclusive partnership with newcleo to support their UK operational expansion and create the senior structure of their technical delivery team.

Privately funded and headquartered in London, newcleo was launched in 2021 to be a disruptor in the field of nuclear energy. Its mission is to generate safe, clean, economic and practically inexhaustible energy for the world, through a radically innovative combination of existing, accessible technologies. With visionary co-founders, newcleo capitalises on thirty years of R&D activity in metal-cooled fast reactors and liquid-lead cooling systems, and our senior management and advisory team can boast hundreds of years in cumulative hands-on experience.

newcleo’s technology, mostly comprising a novel approach to already qualified solutions, addresses equally well the three challenges affecting the nuclear industry to date: waste, safety and cost.

  • Waste:Our fast reactors are capable of efficient “burning” (i.e., fission) of depleted uranium, plutonium and Minor Actinides. When operated with MOX fuel generated from reprocessed nuclear waste, our reactors not only ensure sustainability by closing the fuel cycle, but can also boost energy independence
  • Safety: Our lead-cooled reactors operate at atmospheric pressure. The properties of lead (thermal capacity and conductivity, boiling point, chemically inert, low neutron activation, shielding properties) together with newcleo’s passive safety systems ensure very high levels of safety
  • Cost: Our reactor design has been optimised over the last 20 years leading to the concept of an ultra-compact and transportable 200MWe modules with improvements in energy density compared to other technologies. Costs are kept low by means of simplicity, compactness, modularity, atmospheric pressure operation and elevated output temperature.

In the UK, newcleo’s immediate focus is on delivering a prototype 30MWe LFR by 2030 followed by an initial battery of 4-6 x 200MWe reactors with deployment planned for the early 2030s. We are also considering options for the manufacture and supply of MOX fuel. We are building our team to meet this challenging and exciting objective.

The Role

The Head of Commercial will be responsible for procurement/ commercial management and supply chain management across newcleo’s UK reactor projects. You will operate at strategic level including defining the overall commercial and supply chain strategy for development, implementation and operations in collaboration with the wider leadership team, ensuring robust make/ buy decisions, proportionate value for money demonstration, a competent and well incentivised supply chain, overall optimisation of risk apportionment and maximising synergies and alignment with newcleo’s international operations. You will lead a small team of commercial professionals to establish best practice arrangements and manage day-to-day procurement, commercial and supply chain activities, collaborating internationally to ensure consistency across newcleo. The role provides significant opportunity to shape the commercial direction of newcleo’s UK projects as part of an exciting and rapidly growing business.

Responsibilities

  • Lead newcleo’s UK project procurement, commercial and supply chain management functions and activities.
  • Define and deliver against an overall commercial strategy and supply chain development strategy for newcleo’s UK reactor projects in alignment with newcleo’s international vision.
  • Establish and implement robust arrangements for procurement, commercial and supply chain management in line with newcleo policies.
  • Lead UK project procurement and supply chain engagement activities on behalf of the project and provide support to group wide procurement activities as may be required.
  • Provide commercial management support, advice and assistance to the UK project delivery team ensuring contracts deliver expected outcomes and commercial risks are managed and mitigated.
  • Ensure contract cost reports and financial data are robustly managed and integrated with emerging project controls and company enterprise resource planning systems.
  • Collaborate with commercial disciplines across other newcleo operating companies to ensure consistency of approach, realisation of synergies and an international perspective.
  • Establish strong supply chain partnerships and industrial collaborations to realise delivery success.
  • Lead by example on international collaboration, knowledge sharing and team working with colleagues across UK, Italy and France.
  • Contribute to building newcleo’s overall UK business case.
  • Play a key role as part of the UK leadership team.

Requirements

  • Significant experience of delivering and adding value in a similar senior commercial and procurement leadership role, ideally in the nuclear or conventional power industry, and with strong experience across corporate, professional services and major project procurement (i.e. engineering, equipment procurement and construction); Values at £bn+
  • Extensive working knowledge of industry standard form contracts including NEC4 but also with experience of creating bespoke commercial agreements, MoUs and partnerships.
  • Able to think strategically in determining appropriate commercial strategies and contract arrangements to incentivise strong performance and long lasting relationships.
  • Qualified to degree level in an appropriate subject. MCIPS or equivalent.
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally as part of the role.

6+ years’ experience in international technical recruitment. Enjoy working on senior level technical roles that prove challenging to fill. Specialized in the nuclear industry – new build projects, having a particular interest in advanced nuclear technology. Focused on building strong relationships with candidates and clients to ensure a positive candidate experience and effective account management.

Daria Farcas
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