Civil Structural Engineering Lead

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Job Description

Nuclear Waste Services has a vacancy for a Civil Structural Engineering Lead working with the structures and civil infrastructure team at the LLWR site in Cumbria. The role is flexible working with travel to the LLWR site in Cumbria every week.

The Principal Engineering Manager is a discipline focussed post responsible for planning and leading the development of design within a defined scope area and the integration and acceptance of that design across the programme.

The Principal Engineering Manager will initially cover the defined scope area outlined below across NWS’s portfolio of projects (LLWR, GDF and NSD):

  • Facilitate Responsible Engineer role to support projects and programmes.
  • Act as technical authority for civil engineering.
  • Management of asset inspection surveys.
  • Provide civil engineering technical support to projects and programmes (LLWR, GDF and NSD).
  • Oversee the development of architectural masterplans for the GDF and Associated Developments.
  • Maintain configuration control of spatial site layouts across the programmes.
Roles and Responsibilities

Plan and lead the development of engineering design

  • Supports the Head of Engineering and Senior Lead through contributing to and implementation of the engineering strategy and development of engineering and environmental assessment as a whole.
  • Develops the engineering design programme in own area of scope and supports the Senior Lead by contributing to the development of the overall programme and integration of the engineering design.
  • Manage delivery of engineering outcomes that comply with UK legal requirements and relevant business cases.
  • Lead the engineering design and integration in the development of systems falling within area of scope; developing solutions that meet the relevant functional, regulatory, and other non-functional requirements.
  • Responsible for providing engineering design, programme, and cost information within their area of scope required to:
  • Establish control plans for scope.
  • Underpin business cases.
  • Evaluate potential sites for a GDF.
  • Underpin site characterisation information needs.
  • Underpin the major permissions for a GDF.
  • Deliver LLWR capital programmes.
  • Inform waste management decisions, including disposability assessments.
  • Identifying areas of design development which need further technology development and demonstration.
  • Identification, management, and evolution of risks and opportunities and subsequently advising on relevant mitigations and actions.
  • Monitor and audit supply chain performance in delivery of scope.
  • Ensure design evolution and decisions are recorded and auditable.
  • Ensure timely presentation of design outcomes to meet programme milestones within any relevant delivery constraints.
  • Develop or hold a sound understanding of the complete design lifecycle to ensure development of an appropriately risk informed design.
  • Develop foresight for scope area to appropriately inform innovation and opportunities in developing solutions that will be implemented over many decades.

Technical Authority

  • Delegated Design Authority responsible for providing authoritative advice on systems falling within their area of scope or expertise.
  • Responsible for acting as a senior company representative at national and international fora and events. 
  • Responsible for engineering input to waste management (including disposability assessments) and siting and engagement within area of scope.
  • Develop understanding of how analogous nationally significant infrastructure projects, high-hazard engineering programmes and/or radioactive waste management organisations have developed design solutions.
  • Have close interaction with the programmes and other functions.
  • Responsible for developing, maintaining, and communicating Nuclear Waste Services engineering knowledge in areas of scope and for ensuring that the knowledge base in these areas remains accessible.
  • Develop and maintain awareness of total programme scope for the purpose of facilitating stakeholder engagement, and integration of the design.

Develop capability and lead a suitably qualified and experienced team

  • Develop the culture and capability (people, process, tools and culture) required to deliver the engineering programme.
  • Promote a diverse and inclusive environment to the benefit of the individual, team and wider organisation.
  • Lead and manage team of ensuring they are suitably qualified and experienced and maintain appropriate professional standards and qualifications.
  • Development of community of practice relevant to areas of interest or expertise to promote and bring together like capabilities across the organisation for integration and alignment of processes, standards, and external engagements.
  • Support the Senior Lead in ensuring sufficient engineering resource is available to deliver the programme, identifying gaps and preparing and implementing plans for addressing them
  • Performance Management, including measurement and improvement of self and team, goal, and priority setting.
  • Recruitment and selection of personnel.
  • Develop competency evaluation criteria for scope and support assessment of competence across business for areas within their area of scope, and across engineering for all aspects of engineering.
  • Supply chain engagement and selection.
  • Absence and Welfare Management.

Intelligent customer and supply chain management

  • Responsible for obtaining engineering design solutions through the supply chain that satisfy the requirements of the technical programme within their area of expertise.
  • Responsible for leading Senior Engineering Managers and Engineering Managers in their roles as Intelligent Client for engineering design services.
  • Supports the Head of Engineering and Environment in ensuring sufficient access is available to the supply chain capability required to deliver the programme.
  • In addition, the Principal Engineering Manager will undertake other activities commensurate with their skills and experience as and when required.
Experience Required


  • Aligned to organisational values and behaviours of action-orientated, ambitious, integrity, collaborative and inclusive.
  • Chartered membership or fellowship status of relevant professional institution.
  • Good first degree in relevant subject or equivalent qualification.
  • Strong stakeholder / communications skills.
  • Experienced with leading and managing a team of professional staff.
  • Significant experience of one or more of the scope areas of: Transport Infrastructure, Construction and Ground Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture or Structural Engineering.
  • Experience of the client to supply chain relationship and understanding of the Intelligent Customer role in delivery of major programmes.
  • Experience of implementing an integrated design and safety approach (nuclear or non-nuclear safety, environmental, and security considerations).
  • Engineering experience in the delivery of Capital Programmes with knowledge and skills transferrable to NWS’s portfolio of projects (LLWR, GDF and NSD).
  • Experience in developing a scope of works and undertaking the specification, management, and oversight of contracts for design.
  • Sound understanding of the CDM regulations and application in capital project delivery.


  • Significant engineering experience in the delivery of Major Capital Programmes with knowledge and skills transferrable to the LLWR, GDF or NSD programmes.
  • Extensive experience in developing a scope of works and undertaking the specification, management, and oversight of contracts for design.
  • Extensive experience in developing a scope of works and undertaking the specification, management, and oversight of contracts for design
  • Develop awareness of all relevant legislation appropriate to scope of work and delivery.
  • Sound understanding (or able to develop) of relevant health and safety legislation including CDM regulations.
  • Construction Skills Certification Scheme professionally qualified person or similar card holder.
Equality Diversity Inclusion

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. 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, we 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. In cases where we have a high volume of disabled candidates who meet all of the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group. 

Additional Benefits
Performance Related Bonus
Closing Date
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Client Ref:
LLWR Repository
CA19 1XP