The Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) are currently seeking a Head of Quality assurance to provide strategic leadership, development and direction of the LLWR Quality Assurance Capability by ensuring the successful delivery of the business quality strategy.

Role description

The Head of Quality Assurance leads and manages a team of quality professionals to provide a quality management service ensuring a high standard of Quality Processes, Systems and Support are available to adequately cover all aspects of LLWR’s activities. In addition, accountable for establishing the framework for the LLWR management system and its assurance, whilst ensuring all activities defined are planned, implemented and monitored for continual improvement within the business; and all activities are fully aligned to the Quality Policy, Strategy, Objectives and Manual (Quality Programme), in order to ensure compliance with legal and internal/external customer requirements and to minimise business risk. The role is key in providing an improved focus for the Quality function across the LLWR business to ensure that the function brings value to and supports delivery of the overall business and quality objectives.


  • Develop, establish and implement the Quality Strategy, to ensure it meets the business requirements and customer deliverables, as well as ensuring the departmental performance against goals.
  • Establish performance measures to provide a line of sight and focus, and demonstrate added value for Quality, and use these measures to monitor performance and identify improvement activities to ensure continued focus, prioritisation of efforts and added value for the benefit of business.
  • Work collaboratively with Internal Stakeholders to influence behaviours across the business for quality deliver and the management system.
  • Define, promote and embed the model for Quality, to ensure quality is embedded as core business to provide and improved focus on future development by engaging with key Stakeholders.
  • Enhance the quality culture across the business by engaging with all relevant Stakeholders, by establishing quality communication on a regular basis, across the business.
  • Establish arrangements to manage and deliver the appropriate quality budget and resource plan to align quality resource across projects, operations and core function areas to minimise business risk and deliver a quality management service to scope schedule and cost.
  • Act as Head of Profession to develop the Quality Assurance Capability to establish and maintain a robust quality Competency Framework, enable the alignment and application of resources to provide and coordinate targeted support across the business when needed.
  • Develop and establish Quality communications, education, training/coaching programmes for the LLWR Site to promote the value of Quality and establish a strong quality culture.
  • To lead and provide guidance of the Quality Capability and deploy the appropriate quality learning from experience.
  • Strategically deploy the appropriate arrangements for achieving demonstrable levels of competence, in line with the competency requirements for the role, and for maintaining skill levels through continued professional development and training.
  • Maintaining professional links with statutory bodies including LRQA, ISO, etc.

Essential skills

  • Good first degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Chartered Quality Diploma, relevant chartered status
  • Member of the CQI (or other relevant body)
  • Relevant experience in quality leadership position (including major/capital projects and manufacturing)
  • Considerable and diverse demonstrable experience of leading a quality assurance function with a proven track record in strategic quality leadership delivering effective quality strategies, policies, processes and systems
  • Demonstrated ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements
  • Proven project quality and supply chain (manufacturing) management experience
  • Experience of operating and influencing at a strategic level
  • Knowledge and technical understanding of quality tool, techniques and processes, components and manufacturing techniques
  • Thorough knowledge of the techniques of auditing and analysing events to identify root causes, human factors and adverse trends
  • Management and leadership skills to develop and motivate section staff.
  • Ability in a wide range of business competencies to manage section resources and budgets

Desired skills

  • Knowledge of the Site Licence and environmental permit compliance environments.
  • Experience of radioactive waste operations
  • Experience of delivery of Quality on significant construction projects
  • Experience of working with Regulators, including ONR / EA.


About LLWR

The Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) has a proud past, a busy present and an exciting future. LLWR have managed the UK’s low level radioactive waste for more than 60 years and are now ready to play their part as a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). In 2009, 95% of low level waste was disposed of at the Repository. Today that figure is below 5%. LLWR has led the way in securing effective solutions for lower activity waste management, diverting material away from the site by utilising a range of treatment and alternative disposal routes

LLWR has now launched the largest construction programme it has yet undertaken, the Repository Development Programme (RDP), to span 3 decades. Planning permission has been secured to allow the construction of a final cap over existing and new vaults and seven landfill-style trenches where waste was disposed of prior to the opening of the site’s first vault in 1988.Their top priority has always been safety – of their community, workforce and the environment – as reflected in their safety performance. If you join the LLWR family you will find a positive and supportive environment where your physical and mental health are prioritised and an inclusive atmosphere, free from discrimination, is promoted, alongside a commitment to excellence.


LLWR will be offering a competitive basic salary depending on your experience, a pension contribution up to 13.5% as well as an annual bonus based upon company performance and a further individual performance related bonus dependent on the level of your role.

Health and Well-being are extremely important to LLWR and they believe in supporting both mental and physical wellbeing therefore they also offer Private medical insurance which covers both out-patient and in-patient treatments and medical history is disregarded.

Other benefits include:

Cycle to Work Scheme: Employees are able to purchase cycles and associated equipment tax free as part of the National Cycle to Work Scheme.

Sick Pay: Employees are entitled for up to 261 days paid sick leave in any 4-year rolling period on full pay.

Olivia is a Key Account Consultant based in the South West, UK. She has 8 years experience in recruitment and account management focusing on accounts across major UK nuclear new build and development programmes.

Olivia Dean