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Waste Services Group Lead

  • Job reference: EN-002715
  • Sector: Nuclear, Power
  • Location: Whitehaven
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Why not...

At Atkins, we invest in people. Without the technical excellence of some 18,000 staff we would not be one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies. Our philosophy is to help our people navigate a career path which enables them to achieve their ambitions. We offer flexible, rewarding work packages tailored towards career progression, which are founded on the principles of growth, ambition and excellence.

Our Energy business is delivering engineering, design, and consultancy solutions, together with project delivery, to the oil and gas, nuclear, renewables, electrical generation, transmission and distribution sectors all over the world.  Merging original thinking with our experience from 60 years in the energy industry, we help transform the potential of existing infrastructure as well as new resources and technology.  We listen and lead across boundaries, bringing lessons learned from one industry or discipline to another to help realize our client’s vision.  We deliver what we say we will, building relationships based on trust and integrity: there when we’re needed, fast; committed for the long term; adapting to changes and leaning into challenges. 

People join us because they share a desire to be at the forefront of the energy sector and deliver outstanding projects. We empower our people to be the professional individuals they want to be, working on projects they feel proud of, making a different to the world they live in and the legacy they leave behind.

As we make progress with our Energy mission to make a difference by improving lives through safer, cleaner, smarter energy, we are seeking a Waste Services Group Lead, someone who thrives on being busy and having a sense of achievement at the end of each day.  Someone who is motivated by delivering, for themselves, for the organisation and for the client.  An innovative individual who thinks creatively to bring benefit to the client, someone who loves to guide and deliver multiple projects simultaneously and seek to nurture and develop client relationships. You will enjoy working closely with our clients on a range of demanding problems whilst mentoring and supporting junior colleagues to maintain the high standards that we’re so proud of.
Does this sound like a role for you? In which case, we’d love you to apply for this role.
The person
You will thrive in a leadership role and enjoy managing teams of people, ensuring the development and growth of these teams.

You’ll enjoy taking on a range of challenges, some technical, some wider business oriented; all of which help us to run a strong business. You’ll want to work with customers and with teams who deliver to their customers and you’ll be adaptable and happy to cope with uncertainty. As soon as you’re presented with a problem, you are focused on how to resolve it, whatever it might be. 
You don’t just tackle these things alone.  You enjoy discussing and agreeing how to solve complex issues with your colleagues encouraging an innovative and practical mindset. And overall, you get satisfaction from building relationships, with clients and with colleagues.  You enjoy getting to know people, and working out how you can have a positive impact on them – whether delivering something for a client, or helping to win more work.
In addition to having excellent communication and problem solving skills you will be able to demonstrate the following: 

Individual Tasks

• Recognised industry expert, in any of the following areas Decommissioning, Waste Management or Radiological Protection.
• Contribution to the development of plans and proposals through identifying innovative strategies, developing submittals, and inputting into proposals. 
• Design and implementation of appropriate, innovative and practical working practices for work undertaken in radiological designated (controlled and supervised) areas and work within such areas that enable safe progress of the project/work activities.
• Provide expert advice in the preparation of strategy documents, designs, safety case submissions, projects, operations, contingency plans, emergency arrangements and other site and company documents.
• Significant contribution into plans for design, installation and the acceptance into service of new or modified sources of ionising radiation in relation to any engineering controls, design features, safety features and warning devices provided to restrict exposure to radiation and checking that such equipment is serviceable and correctly used.
• Production and review of project documentation, including departmental documents, technical reports.
• Specification and delivery of inspections and audits to ensure the effective implementation of waste services programmes and arrangements including investigations and carry out any actions required to rectify anomalies/non-conformities.
• Specification, delivery and review of routine, non-routine or detailed technical reassurance programmes, liaising with other Waste services team members as required and providing technical support to those carrying out similar duties.
• Ensure appropriate records are maintained to meet statutory and Company requirements.

Team Tasks 

Managing a team of ~50 people, with a view to grow this team significantly over the next few years.

• Strong leadership of teams working in high-hazard environments and fulfilling a duty of care toward them including;

o Provision of SQEP resource to enable project delivery and practical instruction and training for all staff working within the delivery team
o Ensuring compliance of all staff required to wear Personal Protective Equipment and keeping appropriate records to demonstrate compliance.
o Develop and implement resourcing strategy to support Waste Services group requirements.
o Developing, implementing and maintaining, Apprentice and Graduate recruitment programmes.
o Create and maintain L&D programmes for various levels within the Waste Services Team
o Work with Waste Services Market Lead to ensure business development areas are supported appropriately.
o Ensure succession planning is in place to address the contractor staff imbalance.

The team

Our nuclear business has been operating for more than 60 years, and today we have operations based in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and North America, and are fully engaged on the development of the next generation of nuclear power stations. Alongside our new build expertise, we maintain existing nuclear fleet and decommission those coming to the end of their life. We’re committed to delivering new technologies and believe that innovation is an essential component of our business. Whether bringing commercial use technology to the nuclear market or reinvesting in advancements in intellectual property, our focus is continuous improvement to meet emerging challenges. With opportunities in key nuclear sectors around the world, Atkins can provide an exciting career wherever you may be.
Training and development

At Atkins we develop our people through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an effective programme of in-house and well as external training for all of our employees.
Additional information 

• This is an exciting time for Atkins, we are diversifying our portfolio to become a more global organisation, while also continuing to grow our Energy sector in the UK. There will be opportunities for international travel and applicants with a desire for non-UK based assignments will be welcomed.
• Successful candidates will be required to undergo a security vetting process and offers of employment will be subject to relevant security clearance being granted.
• Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their careers, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate personal requirements.
• Willingness to travel, as necessary, within the UK and abroad

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. 

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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