Senior Waste Specialist

Nuclear Waste Services has a vacancy for a Senior Waste Specialist to join its busy team, flexible working across the NWS estate.

The IWM Delivery Team plays an integral role in helping to lead and drive change in the management of radioactive waste across the UK through the work that it delivers in support of opportunities identified within the IWM Programme and NDA Strategy commitments. The Senior Waste Specialist works as a key member of the IWM team and is responsible for the management and co-ordination of a program of work to deliver the IWM Programme.

As part of this role, you will identify, scope and deliver work to lead change in radioactive waste management practices across the UK nuclear industry, working collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders to enable benefits to be realised in support of the NDA mission. 

This is a high profile and externally facing role which is critical to the success of the IWMP & Strategy business group within NWS and with external stakeholders.

IWMP & Strategy
Flexible - NWS welcomes flexible working practices
Contract Type
3B upper
Full Time/Part Time
Closing Date
Ref No

Job Description

Main Accountabilities

  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders to identify and progress implementation of opportunities to improve radioactive waste management practice across the industry (including problem statement development, workshop planning, facilitation and write-up, technical analysis, production of tools / resources / guidance documents and participation in external facing waste management services such as Peer Reviews / Peer Assists / Peer Learning);
  • Provide strategic support to other NWS business groups as and when appropriate;
  • Provide high quality strategic analysis of key data, such as national inventory and industry-wide cost data;
  • Provide high-quality written reports and papers on a broad range of waste management and policy issues;
  • Representation of the IWM Programme at internal and external stakeholder events and meetings, Including but not limited to:
    • IWM Programme and Steering Groups (IWMPG & IWMSG),
    • Senior Governance Committee (SGC) and Senior Strategy Committees (SCC’s),
    • governance meetings, project meetings, workshops and where appropriate participation in,
    • Participation in and, where required, presenting to industry groups such as the IWM Industry Forum;
    • Participation in and, where required, presenting to NDA IWMP groups;
    • Participating in cross-industry forums as required (such as Nuclear Waste & Decommissioning Research Forum sub-groups);
    • Attending stakeholder meetings / conferences / exhibitions as required;
  • Be aware of, work to and promote the application of NWS’s Standards and Expectations, including the company’s commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Represent the Principal Waste Specialist and on occasion the Head of IWM as required;
  • To be aware of and abide by the company’s Standards and Expectations;
  • Manage the risks within your scope of work in compliance with the company risk management procedures;
  • To act in a secure manner always, recognise potential consequences of personal behaviour and say if others fall short with respect to security;
  • To consider ED&I in all conversations and interactions, ensuring you treat all individuals equally, respectfully and in line with LLWR’s ED&I principles.
  • In addition, the post-holder will undertake other activities commensurate with their skills and experience as and when require.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Good first degree in science or engineering subject.
  • Chartered membership status (or working towards) in relevant professional institute.
  • Programme/Project management experience.
  • Extensive working experience in the field of radioactive waste management.
  • Proven track record of working with stakeholders, chairing and facilitating meetings.
  • Knowledge of the inventory of radioactive wastes, including knowledge of the form, characteristics and hazards of the wastes. 
  • Strategic understanding of radioactive waste management and the NDA’s role, including understanding of the emerging NDA topic strategies and programmes.
  • Thorough understanding of the requirements for disposal to existing and future facilities.
  • Working knowledge and delivery of NDA’s Strategy Management System process.
  • Demonstrably good oral and written communication skills.
  • Leadership and influencing skills required, together with the ability to communicate at all levels.

For employees on RWM terms this is equivalent to Band 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