Permissions, Consents & Regulatory Interface Manager

  • Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
  • Full-time
  • Department: STEP
  • Salary: £53,017 to £56,555 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
  • Confirmed Grade: Level 6
  • Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

STEP is an ambitious programme to accelerate the delivery of sustainable Fusion Energy. The programme aims to deliver an integrated concept design for a fusion powerplant based on the Spherical Tokamak. It will develop and identify solutions to the challenges of delivering fusion energy, benefiting from Culham's breadth of expertise and its suite of research facilities. The STEP programme adopts a collaborative and innovative approach that combines the strengths of UKAEA with industry, universities and other organisations. The ambition of STEP extends beyond the technical challenges, also breaking new ground in the commercialisation of fusion in areas such as siting, regulation, cost model, supply chain development and commercial funding. 

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

Do you have a background working on major infastructure programme delivery, with detailed knowledge of UK infrastructure consenting and permission regimes?  If so, and you are able to think and plan strategically with the ability to balance the priorities and demands of a complex porfolio this may be a great new opportunity for you to join the STEP Programme team at UKAEA.  

As Permissions, Consents & Regulatory Interface Manager you will plan an active role in the STEP leadership team, whilst designing and building your team and collaborating widely with internal and external stakeholders to support the delivery of programme success.  

What will you be responsible for?

The role of the Permissions, Consents & Regulatory Interface Manager is to: 

  • Establish, design and lead the team which will deliver the full-lifecycle programme of Permissions, Consents & Regulatory Interface for STEP.  
  • Work in partnership with Safety Case Design; Environmental Permissioning; International Permits; Grid Permits and Operating Licences; and all associated interactions with regulators, consenting bodies and permissioning entities.   
  • Collaborate effectively with: UKAEA’s existing functional leads in each of these disciplines; STEP engineering leadership; STEP Senior management; STEP legal advisors; STEP programme stakeholders. 
  • Build understanding of the likely programme of permissions and consents to be required, enabling STEP to build the right capabilities; evidence base; and programme to deliver a compliant programme.  
  • Lead relationships with the full range of applicable regulators, building a trusting culture of early engagement which will support effective regulation of the programme.  
  • Design an programme of interface with the regulators, to ensure submission of information in a controlled and effective way, aligned to wider programme schedule requirements.  


Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Understanding and experience of major infrastructure programme delivery.  
  • Detailed understanding and experience of the UK infrastructure consenting and permission regimes.  
  • Detailed understanding and experience of the permissions and consents associated with an NSIP scale energy development in the UK.  
  • Detailed understanding of the UK nuclear regulatory regime.  
  • Degree in a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience.  
  • Excellent ability to balance the priorities and demands of a complex portfolio.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Experience leading establishment of a new team.  
  • Experience operating in the embryonic early stages of an infrastructure programme.  
  • A degree in a  relevant subject.  

Additional Information

What we offer

  • A competitive salary  
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  
  • Emergency leave (paid) 
  • 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 
  • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme  
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible) 

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on Friday 9th April 2021. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

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