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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Supply Chain Development Lead

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Harwell | Flexible Working
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Salary £:
39000 - 52000
Job Description

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Supply Chain Development Lead to join our team remote working from our head office in Oxfordshire.

The Supply Chain Development Lead is responsible for managing all aspects of strategic engagement between Nuclear Waste Services and its supply chain to ensure value for money and effective risk management through the creation and execution of excellent commercial strategy.

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.

The ideal candidate must have drive and ambition and be pro-active across the wider business.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Design, build, shape, implement and manage supply chain strategy in line with company policies, standards, laws and regulations.
  • Develop the NWS Supply Chain strategy.
  • Co-ordinate an Overarching Acquisition Strategy to provide a long-term strategic overview on the procurement of goods and services from the supply chain.
  • Lead the commercial implementation of Government policy initiatives including Sustainability, Social Value, Carbon Net Zero and Modern Slavery.
  • Lead the strategic implementation of NWS sustainability strategy, and social value across the NWS supply chain.
  • Design and implement effective supply chain risk management processes to the NWS supply chain.
  • Assess the resilience of the NWS supply chain, co-ordinate, develop and implement action plan to manage identified risks.
  • Identify strategic suppliers and ensure contingency and business continuity plans are developed and managed accordingly as appropriate.
  • Identify and implement opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the supply chain.
  • Identify and implement opportunities to add value across the supply chain.
  • Manage all aspects of supplier engagement and provide clear routes for communication and feedback on both client and supply chain performance.
  • Provide an in-depth knowledge of market analysis and application of effective procurement techniques to enable the business to make the right procurement decisions.
  • Analyse supply chain data and solving any issues or putting alternative plans in place.
  • Drive supply chain optimisation and process improvement.
  • Develop the skills and capability of Supply Chain best practices, business sector knowledge and analytics across the team.
  • Build and effectively manage partnerships within our supply chain network.
  • Increase quality awareness to achieve “Right the First Time” approach within all aspects of Supply Chains functions.
Experience Required
  • Background knowledge of working in a similar contract management role
  • 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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