Programme Areas

Our profession fact sheets will help you learn more about which areas in our business you'd be most suited to

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Commercial

Description:

The commercial profession provides a service to the whole of Sellafield Ltd. As part of our support to achieve the Site’s strategic objectives, the Commercial Directorate places and manages supply chain contracts, with committed expenditure in excess of £1bn per annum. The directorate also acts as the commercial interface in the management of Sellafield Ltd’s Management and Operations Contract with the NDA.

Our portfolio is varied due to the complex nature of the operations on the Sellafield site therefore our teams are aligned to operating areas providing help, support and guidance on a number of commercial and procurement topics.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

The Commercial Directorate performs an integral part with regard to delivering projects; be it via strategic procurement activities or commercial contract management. Typical graduate roles consist of being part of a close knit commercial team that provides assistance and support to not only the Commercial Directorate but also the project team it forms part of.

Graduates receive daily on the job training, coaching and mentoring by experienced commercial colleagues that ensure they receive gradually increasing levels of responsibility. This includes assisting with the collation, drafting and organisation of tender documentation, drafting terms and conditions of contract, contract management, commercial governance, and liaising with/attending meetings with internal stakeholders/project functions (project management, technical, legal and safety), and Contractors.

Progression possibilities:

Commercial graduates follow a structured graduate scheme that ensures they receive the experience and training necessary to commence their career progression through the Commercial and Contract Management Directorate. Graduates undertake, and following completion and support of the Directorate, obtain their commercial Chartership through the Charted Institute of Purchase and Supply (‘CIPS’).

Graduates are encouraged to produce and manage their own Development Plan that sets out training and further skills / knowledge required to assist them progressing through the company.

Suitable degree disciplines:

  • Accounting and Finance Degrees.
  • Quantity Surveying Degrees.
  • Business Related Degrees.
  • Law Related Degrees.

Click here to download our Commercial fact sheet

Commissioning

Description:

Commissioning is the process of assuring that all new plant and equipment are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to the operational requirements of the plant owner and within the safety constraints of the relevant Regulatory body. Commissioning engineers are involved in all parts of the project process, as a key input into design, procurement and construction. During the Commissioning phase our engineers will test systems and components of a constructed plant in accordance with procedures created from design information and first engineering principles. Once the plant is tested and found to meet the design intent, the Commissioning Engineers will hand it over to the plant owners.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

Graduates will be assigned within commissioning, interfacing engineering and project teams across the SL organisation during the trainee period. The assignments will systematically enable professional and personal development whilst providing the engineering, technological, innovation and leadership challenges required to achieve Chartered status.

Progression possibilities:

Development during the trainee period will enable the graduate to meet the future project challenges undertaking lead roles as engineers and managers. Post trainee period assignments within commissioning will provide continued development tailored to meet individual Professional accreditation requirements. Graduate progress pathways can vary and will be designed to progressively challenge the individual whilst they accrue accruing experience as an engineer and as a leader within the company.

Suitable degree disciplines:

Engineering based disciplines.

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Construction

Description:

The Construction Function is key in the integrated project delivery model, the team responsible for the multi-disciplinary engineering to deliver the construction works whilst assuring compliance with several Nuclear Site License Conditions.

Before construction work begins the function works alongside engineering design to influence, develop and implement construction strategies and plans in line with the overall project delivery model. The profession is required to review technical work before, during and after implementation, has responsibility for nuclear and radiological safety during the construction phases and plays a significant role in achieving major milestones in the decommissioning of Sellafield site.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

This broad function means that construction graduates will typically be exposed to all areas of Sellafield’s project delivery – involved in design and commercial specification as well as on-site involvement with significant construction work in a variety of areas and operational plants across the site. This provides them with a range of experiences during their placement, aiding both their career and routes to chartered status in their chosen discipline.

A career in the construction profession means being involved in technical solutions to site challenges and offers opportunities to work on innovative and novel systems which may not be seen outside of Sellafield.

Progression possibilities:

Typically graduates will leave their two year placement as a construction engineer within a Sellafield project team, responsible for technical delivery and oversight of an area. Following this they are ideally placed for progression up the engineering and construction career ladder as their experience grows.

Suitable degree disciplines:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Click here to download our Construction fact sheet

Design Engineering

Description:

Design Engineering covers delivering design packages for small task work or major new build projects on the Sellafield site. Our engineering capability enables the best possible levels of plant availability and helps us to accelerate high hazard reduction in a safe, environmentally responsible, cost effective and pragmatic way.

The individual technical scope varies dependent on your discipline area, you will be expected to demonstrate your technical ability relating to your specific discipline area and wider interface with the project you are assigned. Alongside this technical knowledge Design Engineers are expected to exhibit the correct behavioural attributes, have a good understanding of the project lifecycle, requirements capture and work to programme and cost.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

Graduate engineers are seconded to operating units throughout the business, you are given real project work and will be expected to deliver to the correct quality and timeframe. The work varies dependent on the projects in the different operation units.

You are expected to get involved with STEM activities and volunteer to get involved with work outside of your direct project delivery, such as secretary of a Centre of Excellence.

Graduates are who have gained sufficient experience often given the opportunity to line manage the Summer Placements and Industrial Placements that join the business.

Progression possibilities:

Graduates can progress in a number of ways, typically design graduates all initially aim to become a Design Engineer. They then look to seek more responsibility and ownership through either tasks or project work, often under the mentorship of the area’s Responsible Engineer. This enables them to gain the relevant experience to be able to progress into a senior engineer role and seek the responsibility to gain Responsible Engineer status; at this point in their career it would be expected that they will achieve Chartered status. Progression at this point depends on what the individual wishes to do and their capabilities, to become specialists and work towards Centre of Excellence Leader position or move away from a design role, transferring to more of a management position.

Suitable degree disciplines:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Click here to download our Design Engineering fact sheet

HR

Description:

Human Resources is at the heart of the company, when starting at the company there are opportunities to work and engage across all levels of the organisation. From advising senior managers and business leaders on complex employee relations issues to talking to new starters.

The profession is compact and dynamic, this allows you to gain generalist knowledge of the HR departments and get a real taste for the direction for your future career. One of the key areas in order to enact effective HR is understanding the business and how HR fits in Sellafield Ltd.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

There are many roles across the function which graduates can move in to. One of the key benefits is being able to drive your own development, responsibility is definitely earned, and hitting the ground running and showing that you are a high performer is a key skill.

There are many development opportunities such supporting and assisting executive level meetings, representing the business at events and being HR rep for senior management meetings.

Progression possibilities:

The way that the scheme is structured allows for real flexibility when looking for progression within the function. One of the great things about the HR programme is that you have the opportunity to explore different roles before deciding on the career path you want.

Making the most of the time on the scheme gives the foundation to carve a career path within the organisation. When you are towards the end of the scheme you will start to look at final job options, with the skills and experience you have gained through the Graduate scheme it will have a great influence on your future career.

Suitable degree disciplines:

  • Human Resource Management.
  • Occupational Psychology.
  • Business Related Degrees.

Must show passion and interest in a career in HR, preferably with some HR experience (HR Placement etc.)

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Plant Engineering

Description:

Plant Engineering is an organisational approach where facilities are divided into logical systems and a single engineer is responsible for approving all activities impacting his or her assigned system(s).

There are two main roles within this profession; Equipment Engineer and System Engineer. Both roles hold equal importance and are vital in delivering key work. Equipment Engineers are responsible for specific equipment which can range from sensitive Radiometrics right through to Pumps, Motors and Gas Turbines and includes significant civil infrastructure and building structures. The System Engineer considers the whole system from a holistic point of view. They understand how each piece of equipment affects their system’s design intent and ensure the systems maintain within their operational and safety requirements

Typical roles and responsibilities:

Responsibility starts on day one of the graduate scheme within Plant Engineering. You will be assigned specific tasks and be expected to contribute to real work. Responsibility increases as you develop your skills and knowledge. You also have the option to complete secondments within Design and Technical departments, it is expected that you will return to the Plant Engineering Profession to fulfill either a System or Equipment Engineering role, where you will be able to develop and demonstrate your technical expertise in your given area.

On the Graduate Scheme you will have the opportunity to input into your own career path. Within the Plant Engineering Profession you will be allocated either role, from which you will receive training and on the job experience enabling you to fulfil the role upon leaving the scheme.

Progression possibilities:

Progression through the graduate scheme is staged with time served. Graduates should expect to see their responsibilities increase and supervision decrease as they move through the scheme. The advantage of Plant Engineering is that it has clearly defined lines for progression. This could be by changing between Equipment and System Engineer roles to taking on more complex systems which can see you with increased responsibility and scope to move up through higher management roles.

There are opportunities within the teams to gain line manager experience for other Equipment and System Engineers. The work you will experience is directly aligned to UK SPEC supporting progression towards IEng and CEng; for which there is an active expectation that individuals shall progress to achieve professional registered status.

Suitable degree disciplines:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Click here to download our Plant Engineering fact sheet

Project Management & Controls

Description:

Project Managers are the people who have the responsibility of delivering projects safely, ahead of schedule and at the best value for the UK tax payer. They lead an integrated project team of safety, engineering, construction, operational and commercial professionals in the planning, design, construction then commissioning or decommissioning for some of the most challenging projects in industry.

Project Controls make a vital contribution to the successful completion of any project. The skills in the Project Controls discipline provides the “eyes and ears” of good project delivery. Project Controls includes anyone who supports the Project Manager in the planning, estimating and cost controls of a small, medium or large project. Project Controllers will be engaged on many different tasks at various times during the project life-cycle and support the integrated project team.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

Whilst on the scheme graduates undertake placements in both Project Management and Project Controls, therefore getting exposure to both aspects of the roles. On the scheme graduates typically take the role of supporting the Project Manager or Project Controls Manager. Whilst working in either of these roles the graduate is given responsibilities such as writing key documentation, leading meetings, updating key project documentation such as the project schedule and estimate and compiling information for period end among a range of other things. This gives the graduate opportunity to develop skills in both Project Management and Project Controls whilst on the scheme. After the scheme you may pursue a career in either Project Management or Project Controls.

Progression possibilities:

Within both Project Management and Project Controls there is a lot of scope for career progression. Within Project Management your career can be developed through the Association for Project Management (APM) in which Sellafield Ltd are accredited. This will enable the individual to progress through the Project Management career path and become a Project Manager managing their own multi million pound project.

Similarly with Project Controls the individual will choose a discipline (planning, estimating, cost engineering or risk) to specialise in they can then become senior within that discipline or progress to become a Project Controls Manager. There is professional development through the Association of Cost Engineers and APM Professional to be recognised.

Suitable degree disciplines:

Various degree backgrounds with an avid interest in Project Management & Controls.

Some of our previous Project Management graduates have came from; Business, Engineering, and Science related degrees.

Click here to download our Project Management & Controls fact sheet

Safety Support

Description:

The Safety Support profession is comprised of 700 Nuclear Professionals. The profession is responsible for setting policy and standards, giving competent professional advice and undertaking monitoring and assurance activities of those standards, in all aspects of Radiation Protection, Conventional Safety and Occupational Hygiene.

The remit of the profession is to support the Sellafield Site to meet its objectives for high hazard reduction whilst supporting plants through all phases of their life cycle from design, through operations to decommissioning.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

As a graduate in the Safety Support profession, you will be involved with the Central Safety Support teams and the front line teams, aligned to a plant area, developing towards a fully competent Safety Adviser.

As a Safety Adviser, you will be working alongside other safety professionals, interfacing with regulators, management, plant operators and technical support functions as part of an integrated team.

Your role will vary from carrying out technical assessments, investigations, undertaking assurance activities and developing standards to attending stakeholder meetings and advising on safety aspects of specific projects.

Progression possibilities:

Your development will involve a comprehensive training plan in all aspects of Radiological Protection, Conventional Safety and Occupational Hygiene, with the chance to ultimately specialise in one of these disciplines. The Safety Support profession has a robust, clearly defined Career Pathway and Competency Scheme to guide you through the requirements to develop to a fully competent general Safety Adviser and the potential to develop into a specialist in one of the safety disciplines.

Your discipline specific chartership will be fully supported by the profession, with the ability to gain a second chartership in a safety related field.

Suitable degree disciplines:

The Safety Support profession has typically recruited physics graduates in the past however this is not exclusive. Changing emphasis of work on the Sellafield site will bring many new and varied safety challenges. The profession will consider graduates in STEM subjects who demonstrate a strong interest in the Safety Profession.

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Technical

Description:

The Technical Profession consists of 500 science, technology, engineering and maths specialists, who mainly have degrees in chemistry, physics, maths, materials science and chemical engineering disciplines. They work in multi-disciplined teams spread right across the company, but mostly based on the Sellafield site in Cumbria. They focus on solving short (few days), medium (1-2 years) and long term (5-10 years) technology challenges.

All members of the Profession have or are developing a technical specialist skill and are linked to at least one of our technical specialist communities (called CoEs – Centres of Expertise). These build networks with other specialists inside and outside Sellafield Ltd, particularly with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) which has a laboratory on the Sellafield site, and with academia, including links with key nuclear universities.

Typical roles and responsibilities:

The work carried out by the Profession is varied and challenging, and requires people who are both innovative and self-motivated. Current graduates identify the variety of work as one of the best parts of the job. Work involves problem solving and scoping and managing Research & Development tasks carried out by technical suppliers, then applying the output to solve SL’s technology challenges, many of which are novel and unique.

Examples of graduate roles are: technical support to plant operators, setting up trials to support plant process improvements, data acquisition, and data analysis. As a graduate you will also be expected to maintain relationships with external customers and manage the interface between Sellafield Ltd plants and external companies and contractors, whilst also acting as a subject matter expert for all customers.

Progression possibilities:

There are two career paths within the profession:

Technical Specialist and Technical Manager

Both have formal criteria for progression along the path. Specialists develop deep technical skills and grow specialist networks outside the company, and managers develop wider technical skills and people management experience. Movement between the career paths is encouraged to gain depth of experience.

The Graduate Scheme is aimed at providing you with the experience and exposure to ensure that the career path you choose is right for you.

Suitable degree disciplines:

  • Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science/Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Sciences

Click here to download our Technical fact sheet