Waste Inventory Specialist

Nuclear Waste Services has a vacancy for an experienced Waste Inventory Specialist to join our team flexible working from our base in Cumbria.

As part of this role, you will lead, support and provide waste inventory expertise on a diverse range of technical and non-technical issues in support of Nuclear Waste Services activities led by the Enterprise Inventory Office.

The role will primarily focus on the preparation, analysis and reporting of inventory data to support LLWR Site permit and regulatory requirements, as well as those of the NDA and other external stakeholders.  The role has particular emphasis on delivering technical reports and studies in support of the LLWR Site safety cases.

Flexible - NWS welcomes flexible working practices
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Job Description


  • Working as part of a small team responsible for the successful delivery of all waste inventory related tasks and activities across the Enterprise Inventory Office.
  • Supporting delivery of the UK Radioactive Waste Inventory (UKRWI) in line with the appropriate timescales and quality requirements.
  • Delivery of a diverse range of technical work on the LLWR Site trench and vault inventories, including, but not limited to, technical reports and studies, guidance documents, data analysis, briefing notes and presentations.
  • Providing direct support to the Waste Inventory Manager in the delivery of discrete inventory tasks to support delivery of the Environmental Safety Case (ESC) Programme, including provision of inventory data for a range of defined LLWR Site scenarios.
  • Providing direct inventory support to the ESC team and appointed contractors for delivery of key work projects and programmes, such as support of Annual Reviews and Periodic Reviews, Environmental Permit requirements (Schedule 3) and Capacity Management.
  • Providing support to the production of Waste Inventory Data Query Outputs in support of NWS business requirements, and those of the NDA and other key stakeholders.
  • Supporting tasks and activities associated with the Waste Forecasting (WFO) process.
  • Supporting matrix working across NWS directorates, ensuring the quality and correctness of data managed by the Enterprise Inventory Office.
  • Supporting the development of tools and software in support of core Enterprise Inventory Office tasks and activities, including waste tracking systems, management system documentation.
  • Supporting changes in waste inventory practices and techniques across the industry through collaborative working with NDA, other Site License Companies, regulators and internal/external stakeholders.
  • Supporting site-based audits and/or desktop reviews of customers waste inventory arrangements, such as SMART inventory reviews.
  • Participate in cross-industry groups, such as the NDA National Inventory Forum and associated sub-groups tasked with delivery of inventory improvement initiatives.
  • Own your personal development to develop competencies across the Enterprise Inventory Office scope and broaden your knowledge of both NDA and Non-NDA Group sites and operations.
  • As a representative for NWS Technical Directorate, the role holder must demonstrate professionalism, impartiality and integrity in all aspects of the role.
  • Be aware of and abide by the standards and expectations for your role and the risks associated.

Additional Responsibilities

  • To comply with NWS policies and procedures applicable to this role.
  • Understand and enact the company values in all aspects of the role.
  • To act in a safe and secure manner at all times, recognise potential consequences of personal behaviour and say if others fall short with respect to security.
  • To consider Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) in all conversations and interactions, ensuring all individuals are treated equally, respectfully and in line with NWS ED&I principles.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • University degree in scientific discipline or relevant demonstrable experience
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and experience of working with a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong analytical skills for applying to large datasets to enable identification of key points and production of concise summaries
  • Strong organisational skills and high attention to detail
  • Experienced user of MS Office suite, Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Able to work well within a team
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision

For internal candidates currently on RWM T&C’s, the RWM grade equivalent for this role is 6-5

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