Nuclear Waste Services brings together the UK’s leading nuclear waste management capabilities. We have integrated the expertise of Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR), Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group’s Integrated Waste Management Programme (IWMP). This creates an organisation focused on the management of the UK’s nuclear waste, safely and securely for generations to come.

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Commercial Policy & Assurance Lead | Harwell | Flexible Working

Commercial Policy & Assurance Lead

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Harwell | Flexible Working
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47000 - 60000
Job Description

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Commercial Policy & Assurance Lead to join our team remote working from our head office in Oxfordshire.

As part of this role, you will ensure appropriate commercial governance, and assurance activities are in pace for NWS, driving operational compliance with all internal, external, statutory and regulatory obligations and Government initiatives.

A key priority for this role will initially be delivering integration and improvement activities to support NWS becoming a single legal entity in 2024.  Taking account of the maturity and readiness to implement new ways of working and processes will be important, as will managing competing demands and expectations of the function and wider business. 

This role will be part of the management team for the Process, Standards, Systems & Reporting team who collectively will be responsible for leading the development and oversight of commercial standards and continuous improvement activities for NWS, ensuring that government standards and industry best practice are adopted to facilitate effective and consistent commercial delivery.

The postholder will need to work closely with a variety of key stakeholders and other process owners to ensure that Commercial’s processes and activities complement and/or align efficiently to meet the overall needs of the business.  

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Develop, manage and maintain a framework of commercial policies and procedures to facilitate the operation of all commercial functions in with best practice from Government and the NDA Group.
  • Ownership of commercial templates across NWS which spans the procurement/commercial lifecycle – including standardised Terms and Conditions and procurement/commercial documentation.
  • Promote and maintain compliance with all internal management system, statutory, Regulatory and Government policy requirements.
  • Maintain a detailed awareness of Commercial Policy and Commercial Playbooks ensuring that they are translated into NWS Policy and are reflected in commercial and sourcing strategies.
  • Develop, manage and lead appropriate assurance activities for use across the commercial function, major procurements and relevant business cases.
  • Provide development plans for all direct reports and ensure appropriate training is available to maintain capability and employee experience
  • Deputising for Senior PSSR Lead as appropriate.
Experience Required
  • Member of CIPS or equivalent professional body-
  • 5 years commercial experience at a similar level
  • Experience within a regulated industry
  • Experience of managing a high-performing team
  • Working knowledge of PCR, PPN’s and commercial contracts
What is in it for you
  • On appointment to an RWM, full-time staff are entitled to a generous annual holiday allowance of 38 days’ annual leave. LLWR up to 43 days in addition to a buy/sell scheme
  • Rewarding performance (bonus scheme)
  • We offer a generous above average pension scheme
  • 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
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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