Systems Engineer

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

As a Systems Engineer you will manage requirements and other systems engineering processes across NWS projects and other technical disciplines. This includes the elicitation and lifecycle management of requirements relating to disposal, treatment, and waste packaging systems.

More widely, the role holder will also contribute to developing a systems engineering approach within NWS and implementing the relevant processes to programmes and projects.

Flexible - NWS welcomes flexible working practices
Contract Type
LLWR 3B Lower
Full Time/Part Time
Closing Date
Ref No

Job Description


  • Elicit requirements and specifications across NWS projects and manage these to ensure they are approved, current and aligned with the controlled knowledge base.
  • Develop and implement change controls to requirements, specifications, and other configured items.
  • Facilitate workshops and other forms of cross-functional working to apply relevant Systems Engineering processes.
  • Support the development and control of system models and technical baseline configurations on behalf of projects and programmes.
  • Provide cross-functional support to projects using in developing and applying a Systems Engineering approach, including training, and coaching in SE processes.

In addition, the post-holder will undertake other activities commensurate with their skills and experience as and when required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience


  • Degree in a science or engineering subject or other equivalent accredited learning
  • Experience of systems engineering and requirements management.
  • Ability to plan and manage interactive programmes of work to ensure milestones are achieved and delivered to the required standard.
  • Proven track record of producing technical documentation within time, cost, and quality constraints and for a range of audiences.
  • Good task management skills, including the management of contractors and the ability to work on parallel tasks.
  • Good facilitation, interpersonal and team working skills.


  • Experience of the nuclear industry and nuclear decommissioning
  • Knowledge of the key principles of the disposal system safety case and the scientific basis for disposal of radioactive waste.
    • Membership of a relevant professional body.
    • Have or be working towards registration with a relevant professional body.
    • Experience of managing technical configuration baselines or technical configured items.
    • Awareness of systems modelling methods and Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).

Those applying currently on RWM T&Cs the level of this role is 5-4

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