Waste and Environment Officer (FTC - 22 months)


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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Fixed Term - Full Time
Salary from £47,706
Working Hours:
39 Hours
Preston, Lancashire
Closing Date:
Business Area:
EHSS&Q & Compliance
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Job Introduction

Job Description for Waste and Environment Officer (FTC - 22 months):

There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career. 

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

The role holder will be a member of the facility infrastructure and compliance team and complement the established team in supporting a facility modernisation project.

The Waste and Environment Officer role will be primarily owning and delivering decommissioning solutions and effective approaches to safe and compliant disposal of redundant assets and hazardous/radioactive waste in support of a facility improvement project.

At the forefront of the role is providing a service that ensures waste is managed, sentenced and exported in a cost effective and compliant manner. The role also needs to be forward looking to anticipate longer term needs of customers and stakeholders of the Preston Facility and working with the compliance and capability teams and other subject matter experts in ensuring that all wastes from the full lifecycle of the facility improvement project is managed.

The role holder will require a hands-on and can do mindset, combined with sound communication skills to influence stakeholders and collaborate across multidiscipline teams to create alignment in delivering an effective service to the facility.

Main Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities for Waste and Environment Officer (FTC - 22 months):

  • A hands on approach to deriving waste routes & providing a waste management service to the facility, directly looking after the logistics, including internal customer interactions and liaising with external stakeholders / service providers in support of decommissioning activities and facility modernisation projects.
  • Derivation of monitoring and assay strategies, including radiometric considerations to ensure robust characterisation methodologies are applied, and alignment with industry wide practices for clearance and exemption.
  • Deriving and implementing effective and efficient waste management processes.
  • Partnering with wider internal customers to ensure that projects (operational and decommissioning) have identified waste routes and allocated project resources to in putting in place clearly defined exit routes.
  • Liaison with site permit holder on matters which may impact on site discharges and emissions or require adjustment to the facility process description, CEARs, Techniques Document or site EPR permits, authoring and adjusting justifications, asset qualification, process control documents and the Facility Register of Environmental Aspects.
  • Liaison with the environmental assessment team on matters of the safety case, BAT and environmental assessments.
  • Seeking out and application beneficial ideas and practices from wider industry, implementing continuous improvement activities to ensure effective use of resources and technology in waste management processes.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Waste and Environment Officer (FTC - 22 months):

  • Experience of hazardous and/or radiological waste management practices, processes and legislation
  • Demonstrable experience in taking on responsibility, and using initiative, to prioritise work effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be able to multitask and re-prioritise to meet changing needs and project deadlines in a team environment.
  • Holding a degree in a relevant scientific discipline.
  • Ability to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency).

Desirable Criteria for Waste and Environment Officer (FTC - 22 months):

  • Proven background in application and implementation of waste management strategies.
  • Experience of interfacing with regulatory inspectors and ISO auditors (e.g. EA, LRQA).
  • Experience of EPR permit application, derivation of processes and procedures.
  • Experience of deriving assay methodologies (chemical / radiochemical) for discrete and bulk media.
  • Environment management qualification holder.
  • Experience of radiological protection and radioactive waste practices.
  • Radioactive waste advisor status (RWA).

About The Company

Grounded in robust science and decades of experience, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the authoritative voice in the UK and beyond for technological development within the nuclear power sector.

Our unparalleled understanding of the science, challenges and opportunities makes us an unrivalled authority and partner in the field, providing experts, technologies, and access to cutting-edge facilities to organisations around the world.

Harnessing potential technologies and translating them into to industry-ready solutions means our pioneering approach spearheads international improvement and technological progress.

We work on projects as small as drilling a hole to analyse underground wastes with our integrated micro drilling technology, or as large as developing state-of-the-art power systems for spacecraft, based on radioactive materials

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

Recruitment Agency Notice

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