Chief Nuclear Strategy Officer

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Competitve, commensurate with experience

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    03 May 2021

  • Client

    Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Ref: GSe72303






The NDA is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), responsible for cleaning up the UK’s earliest nuclear sites safely, securely and cost-effectively with care for people and the environment. Over the last 12 months, part of the strategic direction for the NDA group has been to strengthen and simplify the way our Group is organised. In order to maximise the opportunities that come from working more effectively as a group, a new NDA Group Leadership Team (GLT) has been created to drive improved leadership, assurance, collaboration and the transfer of learning and skills across the group. By taking a cross-group view, the team will drive benefits for our mission, people, site communities and the UK taxpayer.

As part of this GLT structure, we are introducing a key new role – Chief Nuclear Strategy Officer (CNSO). The purpose of this role will be to lead the group in developing optimal and implementable (nuclear) strategies to enhance and secure mission delivery. The CNSO will create a collaborative framework across the group for development and implementation of group-wide nuclear strategies and maintaining strategic health and coherence.  

Candidates will need to demonstrate evidence of innovation, and of applying fresh strategic thinking to established subjects. They will also possess significant leadership experience in nuclear, preferably in a complex, group environment.

A track record of leading and reporting within highly visible and scrutinised, pressurised environments will be an advantage. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be an effective communicator across a complex stakeholder landscape, working in a collaborative manner with GLT colleagues and across the NDA group with an open, engaging and personable style.

The NDA values 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. The NDA is committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive, and we therefore particularly welcome applications from women, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates. We are happy to talk about flexible working.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midnight on Monday 19th April 2021

Long listing
w/c 26th April 2021

Preliminary interviews
w/c 3rd and 10th May 2021

Short listing
w/c 17th May 2021

w/c 24th May 2021

Final panel
w/c 24th - 31st May 2021

How to Apply


To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than Midnight on Monday 19th April 2021.

You will be asked to submit the following:

1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years

2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than three pages) explaining:
a.  Your motivation for applying for this role
b.  How you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. 

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

Should you encounter any issues with your online application or are unable to apply online please contact

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson:

Darra Power-Mooney, Associate Consultant
07595 781 609

Michael Dobson, Partner and Practice Lead
07891 142 325

Dr Emma French, Principal Consultant
07384 464 181