Site Director (1560)


Nuclear Restoration Services Limited (NRS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). NRS is responsible for decommissioning first generation nuclear power stations Berkeley, Bradwell, Chapelcross, Dungeness A, Hinkley Point A, Hunterston A, Oldbury, Sizewell A, Trawsfynydd and Wylfa, and research sites Harwell and Winfrith. NRS is also responsible for electricity generation at hydroelectric plant Maentwrog. As a division of NRS, NRS Dounreay is responsible for the clean-up and demolition of the former centre of fast reactor research and development.

NRS is an exciting place to be, and this role is the perfect opportunity for you to be part of our challenging mission - to safely and successfully manage the UK’s civil nuclear legacy on behalf of the nation. To deliver our commitment, we need people like you who want to perform at an industry leading standard and be part of a team that continues to develop, innovate and even exceed our greatest achievements.

At NRS, we understand, and acknowledge the value of an inclusive working environment, and celebrate the diversity this brings to our workplace. Without this approach, we wouldn’t be in the position that we are now, being able to safeguard and secure the future of our organisation.

Site Director

Contract Requirement
Hours per week (include days if part time)
Work location
Salary Range
Personal Contract Holder
KA23 9RA
Closing Date
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About the role

Hear from the Hiring Manager:

“This is an exciting opportunity to undertake one of our key leadership roles as Site Director at Hunterston A. Having worked on different aspects of the nuclear life cycle in my career I can assure you that this role will bring positive challenge, satisfaction and reward while working with a great team delivering a strategically important mission for the United Kingdom.

Hunterston A is a 36-hectare site located near West Kilbride in North Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland. The site is adjacent to Hunterston B nuclear power station, which is an Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) site operated by EDF that will transfer to NRS for decommissioning following defueling and regulatory approval.

Hunterston A is part way through its decommissioning phase, with the current focus on the recovery of intermediate level waste from various facilities and final decommissioning of the cartridge cooling ponds, which have already been drained of water.

Upcoming projects for Hunterston A include:-

  • Installation and commissioning of additional waste retrieval and processing facilities
  • Commence retrievals of acid waste
  • Completion of bulk retrievals from the waste bunkers
  • Preparations for reactor decommissioning.

You will be joining a diverse group of talented Site Directors who lead our 12 licenced sites across the UK. The role is dynamic, no two days are the same, and offers the potential for significant personal growth. 

As Site Director you will provide effective leadership and management of the site and coordinate interdependencies between site, central functions and programme delivery teams. You will ensure the site is managed and resourced in accordance with contractual and legal duties, providing assurance that sufficient resources are there to support the compliant delivery of programme activities.

You will represent site interests with key stakeholders including the statutory authorities, the Site Stakeholder Group (SSG) and Emergency Planning Consultative Committee (EPCC), the local community, the Trade Unions, adjacent sites/industry and PR involving local media. 

You will work with the Executive team and stakeholders at all levels from across the business, so you will need to be able to bring your influencing skills to a broad audience. 

You will build and nurture a world-class team to drive the safe delivery of the decommissioning programme and support the wider business strategy.

To be successful, you will need to demonstrate an excellent track record of leadership, stakeholder engagement, leading change, safe compliant delivery and effective programme (project/outage or business initiative) management linked with an innovative, challenging and collaborative approach, all within a high hazard environment with significant regulatory oversight. The role is fast paced and demanding, but always rewarding.

Please note this is a role that requires attendance at site four days per week.”

Key Deliverables:

  • Act as ‘Agent of the Licensee’; responsible under the Nuclear Site Licence for safety of the site and compliance with Environmental legislation and permits.
  • Provide management and oversight of Site safety performance, including discharging client and design authority responsibilities.
  • Ensure the Site is managed and resourced in accordance with contractual and Company legal duties. 
  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership and management of the Site and coordinate interdependencies between Sites, Functions and Programmes agreeing priorities for the work activities to satisfy Company and Site objectives.
  • Own and collaboratively develop the short, medium and long term business plans.
  • Establish and delivery key performance objectives and milestones that underpin mission success in doing demonstrate value of our stakeholders.
  • Represent NRS and Site interests with key stakeholders and lead on behalf of the Executive the effective communications across the Site.

More detail can be found in the broad role BR-178

Qualifications & Experience:

  • An honours degree in an engineering or scientific discipline or corporate membership of a recognised engineering or scientific institution is required.
  • Additional leadership/management qualifications are desirable.
  • Demonstrable experience in senior leadership roles within the nuclear industry.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading change and continuous improvement.
  • A detailed knowledge of the Site License Conditions and legislation associated with the safe operation and maintenance of plant.
  • A thorough knowledge of the procedures, rules, instructions and memoranda relating to activities on Nuclear Sites. #INDOR

Benefits Package

  • Salary commensurate with skills & experience.
  • Car / Car Allowance.
  • Flexible working – where possible.
  • Equivalent of 30 days (222 hours) annual leave plus Public Holidays (59.2 hours per year) - option to buy or sell up to one week each year.
  • Flexible benefits scheme – including cycle to work and reduced gym membership fees.
  • Participation in performance related personal bonus scheme at a percentage of salary.
  • Employee Assistance Programme including 24-hour telephone support & personal assistance service and access to an online wellbeing App.
  • Up to 13.5% employer pension contribution depending on individual contribution amount.
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay (dependent on service).
  • Access to training and development through the company performance management arrangements, supporting you in maintaining your personal Continuous Professional Development.
  • We have various different employee networks supporting our inclusion, diversity and wellbeing mission at Nuclear Restoration Services (NRS).

Additional Information

Please be aware this role holder requires security clearance, or the ability to obtain said clearance.

There is a requirement to live within a commutable distance to the sites where the role is based. For central/multi-site roles, we have various hubs across the UK and can be flexible with base location.

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 Restoration Services Limited (NRS), we are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive, we therefore particularly welcome applications from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBT+ and candidates with a disability as they are all underrepresented in our workforce. 

We are happy to talk flexible working where possible.