Role description

Programme Manager – Cyclife UK

We are looking for several Programme Managers to establish, develop and optimise a range of programmes covering technical decommissioning projects for Cyclife UK – part of EDF.

EDF is the world’s leading nuclear power station operator, currently operating 71 reactors in France and the UK. As such, EDF has a vision to become the European Leader in Decommissioning and Waste Management, providing services to other nuclear operators and ensuring mastery of the decommissioning process for its own fleet. To support this vision, EDF has established the Cyclife Group to deliver commercial decommissioning and waste services in the market.

Cyclife currently has four business lines covering: Consultancy, Site Projects, Waste Treatment and Decommissioning, via a nuclear-licensed waste treatment facility in Cumbria and international facilities in Sweden and France.

Thomas Thor Associates are proud to be the exclusive recruitment partner of Cyclife UK. Cyclife’s decommissioning concept is a waste-led solutions approach, in response to nuclear industry operational and decommissioning challenges. The UK business is embarking upon a period of considerable expansion, making this an exciting time to join them and be part of their ambitious Cyclife journey.

Role description

Technical decommissioning programme areas will include: Ponds; Fuel Route and Dry active area deplanting; C&M, Reactor Dismantling and Final Site Clearance. The physical implementation and executable elements of the overall deconstruction programme plan are in an early stage of development and require maturation (scope, schedule, cost and risk) to form an executable plan in line with good industry practice.


  • Establishment and continual development of the Deconstruction Programme through the successful management of the specific sub-programme
  • Develop a series of programmatic requirements, benefits, end-points and critical success factors for constituent projects and workstreams.
  • Lead technical team in delivery of strategy for the workstream
  • Managing the scope, schedule, cost and risk for the programme; Challenging the content of sub-programme areas to ensure activities, cost and schedule are optimised
  • Management of stakeholders, maintaining effective communications and executing the project strategies within your team
  • Responsible for planning the future works for relevant workpacks to enable critical path achievement

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrable record of success in leading complex programmatic activities in technical, operational and engineering environments
  • Experience of Nuclear Decommissioning, in particular in development of decommissioning scenarios for the sub-programme areas considered (Ponds decommissioning; Dry Active Area deplanting; C&M, Reactor dismantling and Final Site Clearance)
  • Project, programme and risk management experience
  • Working knowledge of AGR site processes
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders

This is a unique opportunity to join an organisation that will shape the future of the nuclear decommissioning landscape, at the very start of this journey. An inclusive and diverse team will support you throughout your career, with plenty of exciting development opportunities for those looking to move forward.

About Cyclife

Cyclife have office locations in Gloucestershire, East Kilbride, Cumbria and the North East and offer great flexibility around these, with remote working as standard across the organisation. Also on offer are attractive salaries, bonus and company car allowance, as well as other benefits such as holidays, pension and staff discount.

They’re also a Disability Confident Employer and have won the coveted RoSPA 2020 President’s Award for Health & safety.

Please click on the apply now button to send us your application, or contact Clare O’Brien at Thomas Thor for further information.

Essential skills

Nuclear Decommissioning Programme Management

Clare has built extensive experience in the recruitment industry and specialises in the UK nuclear market.

Clare O'Brien