Role description

Senior Project Manager

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 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.

The Role

The Senior Project Manager will be fully responsible for full lifecycle project ownership and project delivery of GDF Programme’s more complex multi-disciplinary projects to meet project objectives to time, cost, quality and safety.

The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for leading projects to deliver the necessary capabilities for RWM to deliver the GDF siting process, which may include gaining the necessary permissions (e.g. development consent), securing required land access or delivering enabling work for the next Programme Tranche.

Skills and Experience

  • Experience of leading and delivering significant multi £m scale projects and programmes in complex, technical and highly regulated environments, and proven track record of managing and engaging effectively with internal and external stakeholders in such environments.
  • Experience in leading projects to deliver designs and safety cases in a regulatory environment and progress technical maturity and scientific underpinning through programme stages gates.
  • Experience leading, motivating and managing technically based multi-disciplinary teams, including internal and external resources, to drive integration, teamwork and problem solving while holding teams accountable for performance.
  • Demonstrable experience of successful delivery of complex projects to time and budget.
  • Experienced and comfortable with change with the ability to work with an organisation that is undergoing significant transformation and can demonstrate a proven ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Experience of establishing strong positive relationships with the supply chain, including procurement and contract management of complex technical contracts.
  • Visible leadership – able to lead through engaging, motivating, coaching and empowering others.
  • Collaboration – able to establish and develop collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, bringing people together to benefit projects or programme.
  • Working with ambiguity – able to build consensus and set direction in uncertain situations and apply knowledge and techniques to reduce ambiguity.
  • Conflict resolution – able to recognise, anticipate and effectively deal with existing or potential conflicts or disconnects at individual, team or strategic levels.
  • Communication – demonstrably strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external to the organisation, and at all levels of seniority.


  • Chartered with a relevant professional body or having commensurate qualifications and experience
  • Relevant programme and project management qualifications/Experience (eg. PRINCE 2, Managing Successful Programmes, APM Practitioner Qualification and APM Registered Project Professional).
  • Degree qualified in a science or engineering subject.
  • Relevant experience of working with external stakeholders to deliver project objectives.
  • Nuclear Sector and/or Major Infrastructure Project experience.
  • Experience in development and approval of business cases within the public sector
  • Experience of securing major permissions for infrastructure projects e.g. environmental permits and/or development consent

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop into a leadership role, within a growing business. If you are looking for the next step in your project management career, please click on the apply button to find out more

As well as the opportunity to be part of this major environmental project, NWS also offer you an annual bonus up to 35%, £7620 annual car allowance, 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).

They are not just about 9-5. Your life outside of work is important to NWS and we welcome conversations about flexibility to help you meet both personal and professional commitments.

For further information or to apply contact Paul Wright at Thomas Thor on or call 0161 249 8200

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 Limited (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.

Essential skills

project manager, Nuclear waste,

Recruitment professional, based in Cumbria UK, experienced working within Nuclear, Transportation and Financial industries. Communicates and partners with all levels of personnel by using excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Diversity and Inclusion is a big passion of mine and work to promote inclusivity in the workplace.

Alexandria Gleason