Role description

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

As a Waste Strategy Specialist, you will be responsible for leading and supporting the work packages and tasks within the Strategic Waste Programme.


  • Provision of technical input to the Strategic Waste Programme, principally in the areas of opportunities related to NDA’s Integrated Waste Management Programme (IWMP), NDA Strategy and delivery of requirements within RWM’s Client Specification.
  • Provision of technical project management support to the Programme Manager and Senior Waste Strategy Specialist – Strategic Waste Programme as required.
  • Following the identification of opportunities through engagement with stakeholders, the job holder is responsible for working closely with the relevant Site Facing Team to ensure the opportunities are realised,
  • Interface with RWM colleagues, particularly the Concept Selection Manager and the Disposability Assessment Teams along with others as required to ensure that technical input to specific work tasks is accurate, and to communicate the outputs of these tasks.

Skills and Experience

  • Good degree in science or engineering subject.
  • Working knowledge of the inventory of higher activity wastes, including knowledge of the form, characteristics and hazards of the wastes.
  • Good understanding of the requirements for the management, treatment and geological disposal of radioactive wastes and materials.
  • Familiarity with and use of the NDA Value Framework and its application to the Strategic Waste programme.
  • Familiarity with current waste management plans and baselines across the estate (as detailed in Life Time Plans).

RWM 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 up to 30%, 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 please click the apply button now to send over your CV, we will call you to discuss the role in more detail. Even if your CV is not up to date then please send the most recent version, and we can discuss your recent experience in more detail.

About NWS:

Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) brings together into one organisation the long-established expertise of site operator Low Level Waste Repository Limited, Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) developer Radioactive Waste Management Limited and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group’s Integrated Waste Management Programme. This creates an organisation focused on the management of the UK’s nuclear waste, safely and securely for generations to come.

NWS’ vision as an organisation is to create a safer future by managing radioactive waste effectively, to protect people and the environment. NWS will maintain its current commitments to the Low-Level Waste Repository and to the GDF programme and the communities involved with both. Nuclear Waste Services will build on work delivered over many decades, while adding more essential services for customers in the nuclear energy, defence, industrial, medical, and research sectors.

Equal Opportunities:

We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. At RWM we are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive. We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the communities we support. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBTQ+ and candidates who have a disability.

Disability Confident:

In promoting equal opportunities, RWM welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of disabled candidates who meet all of the essential criteria, RWM will interview the best candidates from within that group.

My colleagues and I have in depth knowledge of the structure, current projects and future projects of organisations in the international nuclear energy industry. We use this information to map out where opportunities exist and then match the experts we represent with the right opportunities. If you are currently working in the nuclear industry then we can offer you advice, support and representation. Please feel free to contact me.

Olivia Mindrila