Senior Contract Manager

We are seeking a Senior Contract Manager to join our Commercial function at NWS! 


As a Senior Contract Lead you will direct and manage the Commercial Contract Management team to to deliver all aspects of Commercial Delivery for the Repository Portfolio. 


We are looking for an individual who has a proven track record in quantity surveying or a similar role. 

LLW Repository Site, Cumbria
Contract Type
3B Upper
Full Time/Part Time
Closing Date
Ref No

Job Description

  • Create a positive commitment to safety and adhere to established systems for effective safety management systems.
  • Lead and manage an effective Commercial Contract Management Delivery team for the LLW Repository Portfolio Frameworks, focused on delivering solutions, added-value, and outcomes in line with business requirements.
  • Work with Programme Managers and key suppliers to align C&CM Contract Management processes which integrate with the business strategy and mission.
  • Attend key management and governance bodies including (but not limited to) Programme Boards and the Sanction Board to understand the whole Repository portfolio
  • Support the implementation and delivery of commercial strategies (portfolio, programme, project and package) that deliver the short, medium and long term benefits and outcomes required by the business.
  • Manage and maintain a structured, effective, informed and responsive supply chain that provides the capability required to deliver against these commercial strategies.
  • Lead and oversee the management and successful delivery of commercial contracts including implementation, mobilisation, regular contract management reviews, management reports and close out activities including recovery plans for improvement with suppliers where required.
  • To identify Site Services and Programme needs for new contracts and liaise with sourcing and strategy to deliver effective acquisition strategies for projects.
  • Support the Head of Commercial Delivery in wider commercial activities and objectives, delivering projects of commercial improvement and excellence across the business, and NWS role in the supply chain community: to enhance the  supply network and reputation.
  • Provide clear and frequent communication to your workforce.
  • Create, manage and sustain appropriate supplier relationships to deliver NWS strategic and business objectives whilst supporting sustainable business.
  • Ensure activities are managed in accordance with NWS Integrated Management System including compliance with the suite of Commercial Policies, Strategies, Processes, Procedures and use of the associated Systems, Forms, Templates and Tools.
  • Lead and manage supplier applications and spend  forecasts, providing accurate and timely data, following LLWR’s processes and procedures.
  • Lead, manage and monitor Commercial Delivery Risk via key performance indicators and incentivisation arrangements, drafting and review of NEC terms and conditions, administration of the Early Warning Risk Register, Risk Reduction Meetings,  Early Warning Notices and Compensation Event processes and appropriate recording of such data.
  • Preparation of estimates and cost plans where appropriate
  • Settlement of commercial disputes when required;
  • Produce lessons learnt reports for post contract reviews
  • Assess capability, identify development needs and support team members through the Development Assessment and / or Talent Management processes.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience




  • MCIPS or RICS Chartered Surveyor
  • Relevant previous experience in a similar role
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate commercial strategy, as well as overseeing its implementation
  • Defining contract strategies and structures using  NEC3 suite of contracts
  • Working knowledge of the Public Contract Regulations
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Proactive and self motivated
  • Ability to deal with people across a wide range of management and technical expertise


 For employees on RWM T&C's, this role is a 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