Senior Engineering Manager (Mining & Underground Construction)

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Job Description

Nuclear Waste Services has a vacancy for a Senior Engineering Manager (Mining & Underground Construction) working with the structures and civil infrastructure team at the LLWR site in Cumbria.

As part of this role, you will be responsible for developing engineering strategy, programme and leading a systems engineering approach to development of safe solutions in specified areas of expertise.

Areas of expertise sought for these roles include tunnelling, mining, geotechnics/bulk earthworks, landfill developments, major construction projects and construction planning.

Roles and Responsibilities

Intelligent Client

  • Responsible for leading and acting as Intelligent Client for engineering design services in the appropriate systems engineering technical disciplines.
  • Intelligent Customer and/or Technical lead for engineering input to disposability assessments, siting and engagement activities  in accordance with NWS procedures.

Design Authority

  • Responsible for leading as Design Authority for appropriate aspects of the GDF systems design and transport system.
  • Represents NWS in technical forum relating to a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.
  • Management of supply chain interface.

Systems Engineering and integrated safe solutions

  • Leading NWS’s approach to the systems engineering to develop integrated safe design of the GDF and transport system.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the impact of safety, environmental and other requirements of the safety assessments are translated effectively into an understanding of requirements for engineered systems.
  • Responsible for obtaining design solutions through the supply chain that satisfy the requirements of the established by the Requirements and Programme function.

Mentor and support to the Engineering Managers

  • Contributes to the development of the engineering programme and engineering input to siting and engagement activities.
  • Responsible for mentoring and provision of professional guidance to Engineering Managers and ensuring that they achieve an maintain appropriate professional standards and qualifications.

Strategy and programme development

  • Supports the Head of Engineering by contributing to the development of NWS’s engineering strategy for the GDF.
  • Develops the engineering design programme in own areas and supports the Head of Engineering by contributing to the development of the overall programme for engineering design.
  • Understands how international radioactive waste management organisations have developed design solutions and their applicability to the geological disposal systems.
  • Manages risks associated with the delivery of the work programme, with accountability for their assessment and mitigation.

Staff will manage

  • Own performance, including self development.
  • Health, wellbeing and inclusivity.
  • Manage own workload, including time and delivery management.
  • In addition, he/she will undertake other activities commensurate with their skills and experience as and when required.
  • Staff will be expected to support and implement corporate decisions, in an inclusive and diverse environment.
Experience Required


  • Good first degree in engineering subject.
  • Chartered membership or fellowship status of relevant professional institute.
  • Nationally recognised senior practitioner within own engineering discipline.
  • Experience of systems engineering and management of contracts for safety integrated engineering design development.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent NWS in regulatory, commercial, professional and stakeholder environments.


  • Detailed understanding of aspects of LLWR Programmes; or GDF and / or transport system within own technical discipline.
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. 

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