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Dounreay is Scotland’s largest decommissioning project and is widely recognised as Europe’s most complex nuclear closure programme. For more than 50 years it was known as the centre of the UK’s fast reactor research and development and now the team is aiming to be recognised as a centre of excellence for nuclear decommissioning. Dounreay offers an opportunity to be involved in some of the UK’s most leading edge technical projects, developing unique skills and experiences which are highly sought after across the industry.


Labs and Analytical Support Deputy Manager

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A vacancy has arisen within our Operations Directorate for a labs and analytical support deputy manager to support the ongoing decommissioning programme.     

 Main responsibilities:

  • Ensure sample preparation, routine analysis and reporting is undertaken and delivered for regulatory and project decommissioning analysis, meeting all relevant defined deadlines
  • Manage resolution and interactions to ensure operational delays are minimised. Review and report on identified problems and incidents, establishing causes and identifying, recommending and implementing solutions
  • Support the lab analytical support manager in creating, implementing and maintaining the lifetime plan and strategies for the laboratory and non-destructive assay characterisation services taking into account analysis of dependencies and constraints
  • Scope, risks and assumptions. Execute project management strategies, optimising plans to respond to changes when necessary
  • Manage the preparation, approval and issue of technical and safety documentation through review to implementation
  • Maintain and develop the laboratory’s quality management system
  • Ensure non-routine and emergent sample preparation, analysis and reporting is undertaken to support decommissioning and performance based insentives, balancing resources as necessary to deliver to customer deadlines
  • Maintain compliance with ISO 17025, 17020 and maintenance of UKAS accreditation, where relevant
  • Interact with regulatory bodies, internal and external auditors as required.
  • Monitor and report on internal and contractor performance against safety, costs, programme and quality, identify deviations and implement remedial actions as appropriate
  • Assist the labs and analytical support manager to identify, interpret and ensure safe delivery of analytical and characterisation requirements, both current and future, to the satisfaction of internal and external regulators
  • Perform the responsibilities of management appointments relevant to the post including appointment to site emergency response role and potentially authority to operate holder for lab facilities. Be appointed to RWA corporate body
  • Manage Dounreay staff as a line manager


Desirable skills, aptitudes and experience:

  • Degree in science/engineering or equivalent qualification plus experience
  • Laboratory management experience
  • Nuclear/Industrial experience
  • Good knowledge and understanding of all relevant radiological, chemical, environmental and safety issues applicable to the post
  • Understanding of laboratory process, infrastructure (e.g. HVAC) and maintenance procedures including waste management
  • Understanding of safety cases and relevant key legislation, including EASR(2018)
  • Analytical skills to be able to investigate, identify improvements to and implement remedial actions to lab challenges and problems
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work well within a team
  • A positive approach, self-motivated, assertive and the ability to use initiative


For further information contact:

Salary:  £36,754 – £63,192 DOE          

Applications: Forms can be downloaded from           

Applications to:  HR Department,, Traill House, 7 Olrig Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW1 7BJ

Reference number:  24/19

Closing date:  14 June 2019

Interviews to be held:  w/c 8 July 2019                                  

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