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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Head of Risk and Assurance | Warrington | Flexible Working

Head of Risk and Assurance

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Warrington | Flexible Working
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Salary £:
55000 - 81000
Additional Benefits
Performance related bonus and car allowance
Job Description

We are looking for a Head of Risk and Assurance to join our busy team, at Nuclear Waste Services. The role will be hybrid working with occasional travel to sites in Cumbria, Warrington and Harwell.

As part of this role, you will report direct to the Chief Finance Officer accountable for the design, implementation and operational delivery of the Enterprise Risk Management Framework and the organisations Assurance Strategy and Framework that is;

  • Aligned to NWS mission and strategy and applicable to all areas of the business
  • Meets all legal, regulatory and NDA group standards and drives continual improvement utilising best practice from across the industry and externally
  • Enhances and protects organizational value by providing structured, risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight to the NWS Board, Board Sub-Committees, Executive Team and wider NDA Group.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Enterprise / Integrated Assurance
  • Corporate Assurance
  • Anti Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
  • Leadership

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to simplify complexity, standardise our approach, insert discipline and drive focus.
  • An ability to see and operate strategically in order to assist and advise senior NWS (and some external) stakeholders, including to Board level, about appropriate risk management and assurance arrangements.
  • Experience in a senior position in a business risk or assurance role
  • Experienced in applying risk, audit and assurance controls and process regimes within a multi-faceted organisation
  • The ability to make complex and challenging decisions about the scale and scope of assurance outputs, and an ability to balance expectations against corporate risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of tools and techniques in assurance and approaches used in a range of industries
  • Comprehensive knowledge of tools and techniques in risk, and approaches used in a range of industries, including an understanding of the HM Treasury orange book guidelines.
  • Excellent leadership and influencing skills, along with the ability to flex personal style to engage and motivate others, and with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Excellent relationship building, senior stakeholder management and the ability to work as a collective to deliver the required outcomes of the role
  • A can-do attitude, delivery focus and ability to manage own workload, including time and deadline management
  • Effective performance Management, including measurement and improvement of self and team
Experience Required
  • Experienced professional with a demonstrable expertise in assurance, audit and risk management essential
  • Experience of working in Insurance preferable but not essential
  • Delivery of implementation of new approaches and systems based on delivery expertise
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders in a regulated or complex industry
  • Educated to degree level in a related field such as risk management, assurance, audit or business operations is preferred, but not essential.
  • Hold chartered membership with a recognised professional body (IRM, IIA or equivalent)
  • Awareness of UK public sector systems, governance, and operating models (including HMT Orange book).
  • High resilience and the diplomacy to deal with ambiguity and change
  • Knowledge of the UK civil nuclear sector is desirable but not essential
  • Awareness of UK public sector systems, governance, and operating models.
  • Working knowledge of the ‘3 lines of defence’ assurance model
  • Candidates must either hold or be capable of achieving BPSS security clearance.
  • We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone is respected, included and able to perform at their best.
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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