Geological Information and Models Manager

Nuclear Waste Services has a vacancy for an experienced Geological Information and Models Manager (SDM Manager) to join our team at Harwell, Oxfordshire flexible working across the NWS estate.

The Geological Information and Models Manager (SDM Manager) will be responsible for managing and coordinating the development of SDMs across Nuclear Waste Services. Site Descriptive Models (SDM) are core product of NWS’s site characterisation programmes, and represents the best understanding of the subsurface of a site at a given point in time, underpinning by data, reports and models. They support the assessment of a potential site’s suitability to dispose of radioactive waste, informs the design of the disposal system and its safe construction, operation and closure.

Whilst the role is not inherently technical in geoscientific terms, it requires an understanding / appreciation of geoscientific processes associated with data collation, acquisition, interpretation, integration and presentation.

Flexible - with regular travel to Harwell, Oxford
Contract Type
3B Lower/Upper
Full Time/Part Time
Closing Date
Ref No

Job Description


  • Establish, document, manage and coordinate the processes and procedures used to plan, deliver and record SDMs across NWS, including the development and definition of roles and responsibilities, standards, work instructions, assurance and governance processes and workflows.
  • Day to day management and coordination of an extensive and complex set of teams across NWS and the Supply Chain undertaking geoscientific, as well as design and safety case, studies to deliver the SDMs.
  • Manage, track and oversee the delivery of reports and outputs from the extensive SDM supply chain.
  • Ensuring all SDM activity is undertaken in compliance with SDM processes and procedures as the site characterisation and R&D programmes develop (up to six SDMs, each with circa 15 projects/tasks at any one time being undertaken in the supply chain, to a value of 1 million).
  • Develop and continually implement communication plans for increasing knowledge and understanding of SDMs, their purpose, use and governing principles, processes and procedures.
  • Work with the Site Understanding Lead to procure SDM geoscientific studies including preparing technical specifications.
  • Coordinating the SDM products and deliverables through the NWS Assurance and Governance process and maintaining consistency of SDM development reflected within project and programme related schedules.
  • Work closely with the Site Characterisation Data Stewart to manage requests for data to and from the supply chain in line with data management processes and standards.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • First degree in Earth Science or relevant engineering subject. Whilst the role is not inherently technical in geoscientific terms, it requires an understanding / appreciation of geoscientific processes associated with data collation, acquisition, interpretation, integration and presentation.
  • Needs to have drive, determination, clear vision, good communication to enable understanding of stakeholders needs, excellent organisation skills, background in subsurface applications (geoscience, engineering etc), project management skills
  • Skills to develop processes and procedure to be delivered by multiple supply chain entities and monitor and support their use through the project life cycle.
  • Track record in task leadership – demonstrating an ability to engage, motivate and conflict manage others and deliver results.
  • Excellent communication skills and behaviours, effective team player with a solution focus. 
  • Experience of decision making and effective delivery of work outcomes within an environment that is continually changing.


  • Understanding of system engineering an advantage but not necessary.
  • Experience of multiple projects in diverse geology is desirable including cored boreholes.
  • Experience in planning offshore investigations or working is desirable.
  • Background and experience in engineering geology or geotechnical engineering is desirable including demonstrable knowledge or use of British Standards, ISRM, ICE yellow book etc
  • Advantage of working on major multi-disciplinary infrastructure and/or delivery driven projects.

For internal candidates currently on RWM T&C’s, the RWM grade equivalent for this role is 4-3

Who are we?

Simply put, our job is to secure a safer future for us all. We do this by managing and disposing of the UK’s nuclear radioactive waste safely and securely for generations to come. We have a critical role in the biggest multi-decade clean-up project in Europe. As part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group, we provide permanent answers for nuclear waste.

Nuclear Waste Services builds on the work delivered at the Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) site and the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) programme, maintaining these key activities whilst also adding further essential services for customers in the nuclear energy, defence, industrial, medical, and research sectors. Maintaining and developing this knowledge and experience is key to securing and developing our unique nuclear waste capabilities for the UK and the rest of the world

If you join Nuclear Waste Services, you’ll be part of a team that brings together some of the most brilliant minds from around the UK, working across many specialisms – scientific, engineering, safety, operations, commercial, community engagement, and regulatory – to name a few.

We want Nuclear Waste Services to be a great place​ to work where people are respected, included and can perform at their best. We do this by living our Nuclear Waste Services values;

We are action orientated ​​​​​​​- We deliver for our customers, partners, and people safely & securely.

We are collaborative and inclusive - We have greater success when we work together.

We are ambitious - We are problem solvers who embrace and act upon new challenges.​​​​​

We act with integrity - We are trusted to build a safe, secure and sustainable future


What's in it for you?

  • On appointment to NWS you will receive 25.5 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and you can accrue up to 13 extra days leave
  • Rewarding performance (annual bonus scheme)
  • We offer a generous pension scheme through CNNP
  • learning and development support
  • payment of relevant annual professional subscriptions
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Financial advice assistance
  • Flexible working
  • Extended family-friendly policies
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • We welcome flexible and agile working practices
  • Flexible working requests can be submitted from day 1 of employment

Equal OpportunitiesDisability

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 Nuclear Waste Service 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.

In promoting equal opportunities, Nuclear Waste Service 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. 

Please note: Nuclear Waste Services reserves the right to close the vacancy early. 

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this role, please email