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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Geological Team Leader

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Harwell | Flexible Working
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47000 - 57000
Job Description

Nuclear Waste Services is looking for a Geological Team Leader to join the team at Harwell in Oxfordshire.

Within this management position, you will be responsible for planning, specifying, managing and obtaining data from geological investigations. This includes leadership of a team of Geological Investigations Managers responsible for the procurement and management of contractors and delivery of surface-based investigations, as appropriate.

  • The development and delivery of needs-driven plans for geoscientific investigations and supporting research.
  • Specification, procurement, and project management of the delivery of geoscientific investigations.
  • Management and delivery of geoscientific inputs to the GDF siting processes.
  • Ensuring geoscientific outputs meet the requirements and expectations of end-users.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Effective line management of three Geological Investigation Managers.
    o    Day-to-day people management
    o    Providing technical expertise, coaching & mentoring the team
    o    Monitoring work and checking quality
    o    Measuring operational performance
    o    Performing PDP’s and performance management
  • Close liaison and interaction with Heads of Function, Site Characterisation Project Sponsor, Chief Geologist and Chief Scientific Adviser.
  • External liaison and relationship building with the likes of specialist suppliers, regulators, CoRWM, Geological Society etc
  • Development and delivery of needs-driven plans for geoscientific investigations
  • Coordinate the teams involved with the design and delivery of needs-driven investigations across all three sites
  • Procurement and delivery of geological investigations
    o    Responsible for preparing technical specifications suitable for procuring the full range of investigations and related activities needed to meet the site-specific design, safety and environmental assessment information requirements
  • Responsible for managing an interdisciplinary supply chain to support the development of geoscientific outputs that support the GDF Siting Process
  • Responsible for ensuring geoscientific inputs to site evaluations, preliminary assessments and Initial Site Evaluations and that they are delivered to robust quality standards
  • Responsible for developing site-specific geosphere characterisation plans that meet the requirements of the GDF Programme.
  • Supporting the Head of Major Permissions to deliver the necessary permits and consents for geoscientific investigations
Experience Required


  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in deep subsurface investigation programmes 
  • A degree in Geoscience or will consider a relevant engineering degree
  • Experience in one or more of the following: deep geological disposal programmes, mineral, mining, hydrocarbon exploration and infrastructure with practical (field/site) experience 
  • Chartership, or working towards, in a relevant professional institute 
  • Experience of technical leadership in geoscientific projects including management of interdisciplinary teams and delivery of outputs to time, cost, budget and safety requirements
  • Leadership and knowledge of procurements for geoscientific investigation work from specification to contract award and experience of contract management


  • Experience and knowledge of the full range of data acquisition and interpretation techniques available to characterise the geoscientific aspects of sites
  • Knowledge of the principles of data and records management, site descriptive model and systems engineering
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to act as a credible “ambassador” for RWM with external bodies
What is in it for you

Aside from the huge professional scope at Nuclear Waste Services, the personal benefits are excellent, these include:

  • Very competitive salary
  • Generous bonus scheme
  • Holiday allowances
  • Attractive pension schemes
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sick pay
  • Group life assurance scheme
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. At Nuclear Waste Service 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, Nuclear Waste Service 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, Nuclear Waste Service will interview the best candidates from within that group. 

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