National Nuclear Laboratory

Current Vacancies

Head of Risk

Contract type:
Full Time
Warrington, Cheshire
Job Category:
Business Management Office
Working Arrangements:
Posted on:
4th April 2024
Closing date:
25th April 2024
Job reference:
Salary starting at £78,513


Job Description for Head of Risk:

There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career.

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

As the Head of Risk, you will sit over the entirety of risk within NNL from project to enterprise. You will be the point of escalation for risk to the Head of BMO, ultimately reaching senior leadership and the executive. Responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the overall Risk Management Strategy, Framework.

This is a hybrid role and the location is flexible and can be based at Warrington or Workington.

Main Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities for Head of Risk:

  • Design, build and implement an organisation risk framework across NNL, for both project and enterprise.
  • Develop and maintain governance and control across the organisation.
  • Implement tools, processes, and procedures to ensure current and key risks are understood and mitigating actions are in place and utilising governance to ensure that mitigation is driven to completion.
  • To ensure and report the business is complying with key risk process and policies by producing MI/Dashboards to show progress and maturity.
  • Shape, influence and embed a strong proactive risk management culture, based on thematic reviews and identification of areas of weakness in the risk landscape and reduce it, by, driving forward control environment improvements to existing business practices.
  • To ensure competence within the business of risk management theory and application by providing tailored training.
  • Attend senior management meetings and provide practical insight in relation to risks and controls.
  • Contribute to high quality, timely updates to Risk Committees on key themes, trends, and horizon risks to support a range of risk management processes and decision making.
  • Drive continuous improvements to our internal team processes to ensure they are designed to better embrace ways of working and deliver incrementally at pace.
  • Create a suite of reports that show multiple data sets for senior leadership.
  • Ability to synthesise and analyse large quantities of data to create useful information and concise conclusions.
  • Set the strategic direction of the Risk Managers & Practitioners using medias i.e., delivering excellence programmes, OGSMs, development plans, successions plans and communities of practice.
  • Develop a Risk Management brand which successfully allows the function to interface and collaborate with other areas of the business.

Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Head of Risk:

  • Minimum 2 qualifications below:
    • Certification in Risk Management (CRM)
    • International Certificate in Risk Management
    • Certificate in Operational Risk Management (IOR)
    • IRM Policies
    • ISO 9001
    • ISO 27001
    • ISO 31000 – Risk Management
  • Experience
    • Be a strong confident leader, who clearly demonstrates drive, energy, dedication, and integrity, and with a track record of delivery.
    • Be an experienced Risk professional, with experience in Risk Management in a similarly complex, constantly evolving, regulated environment.
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with your team as well as peers and other key stakeholders.
    • Extremely high attention to detail and strong work ethic.
    • Excellent written/oral communication, presentation skills and ability to present at senior management level
    • Strong influencing, negotiating, team management and coaching skills.
  • Ability to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency).

Desirable Criteria for Head of Risk:

  • More than 2 qualifications below:
    • Certification in Risk Management (CRM)
    • International Certificate in Risk Management
    • Certificate in Operational Risk Management (IOR)
    • IRM Policies
    • ISO 9001
    • ISO 27001
    • ISO 31000 – Risk Management
  • Experience
    • Understanding of regulatory framework and compliance requirements for nuclear industry.
    • Experience in making use of available data to make good decisions, and providing subjective insightful views backed by appropriate data.

About The Company

NNL is an incredible place to work. A place where people do things that have never been done before. A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

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