Role description

Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) are looking for an Independent Oversight Manager to develop, manage and deliver Independent Oversight and Independent Assessment (IO&IA) of safety, security, environment, and quality related activities.

NWS’ vision is to secure a safer future for us all.

NWS’ mission is to protect people and the environment by managing the UK’s nuclear waste innovatively and sustainably.

Part of NWS’ mission is to deliver a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) and provide radioactive waste management solutions. The GDF will play an important role in resolving the long-outstanding environmental issue of how we safely dispose of legacy and future nuclear waste. It will be one of the most significant national infrastructure projects in the UK and will create investment and employment opportunities which will last for decades.

As an Independent Oversight Manager, you will provide independent assurance of work supporting delivery of a GDF, including work on management of waste destined for geological disposal. Your involvement in IO&IA will ensure NWS’s activities meet its safety, security, environmental and quality obligations and achieve an appropriate standard of performance. You will have the opportunity to provide assurance of a broad spectrum of activities and work with people at all levels.


  • Develop, manage, and deliver programmed independent oversight and independent assessment activities, including independent assessment of safety, security and environmental cases and documentation
  • Provide assurance that appropriate safety, security, environmental and quality requirements are being met in the organisation’s work
  • Assist with quarterly analysis of independent oversight and independent assessment activities to identify themes and trendsthat enable organisational improvement

Skills and Experience

  • Degree (or equivalent) in a Science or Engineering subject, ideally coupled with relevant work experience
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Strong communication skills – both verbal and written
  • Experience and knowledge of nuclear safety and security, and environmental protection
  • Experience working in the nuclear industry or similarly regulated industry
  • Ability and technical background to be able to develop a comprehensive understanding of NWS’ geological disposal activities with safety, security, environmental and quality implications

Previous safety, security and environmental experience would be desirable, but curiosity, questioning attitude and flexibility to transfer your current experience into this interesting technical assurance role would make you an asset to this growing business. For more information, please click on the apply button or contact Lisa Morgan at Thomas Thor on

NWS have offices based in Harwell, Warrington and Cumbria, and welcome applicants from any location, including remote working requirements. Please discuss your individual requirements with your recruitment consultant.

As well as the opportunity to be part of this major environmental project, NWS also offer you an annual bonus, 30 days of annual leave (with public holidays on top) and one of the most generous pensions currently available in the UK (Civil Service Alpha Pension Scheme).

About NWS:

As of the 31 January 2022, Nuclear Waste Services has been set up to combine all of the NDA Waste activities, giving greater flexibility and driving improvements and synergies across the NDA Group. This brings together LLW Repository Limited, Radioactive Waste Management Limited and the NDA Integrated Waste Management Programme (each with their own IT teams, infrastructure, and systems).

Equal Opportunities:

Nuclear Waste Services value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating a diverse workplace where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. We value the diversity of our people and recognise the benefits a diverse workforce can bring to the business. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applications from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBTQ+ and candidates who have a disability.

Disability Confident:

Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) is a member of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all candidates who have a disability and who meet all of the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of candidates who have a disability who meet all of the essential criteria RWM will interview the best candidates from within that group.

Lisa is a Search and Process consultant, based in Finland, specialised in the UK nuclear market. Experience in successfully placing engineering, technical and administrative personnel on both permanent and contract assignments across different countries.

Lisa Morgan