Environmental Assessment Lead




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newcleo is a clean and safe nuclear technology company. Privately funded and headquartered in London, UK, newcleo was launched in 2021 to be a disruptor in the field of nuclear energy. Its mission is to generate safe, clean, economic and inexhaustible energy for the world, through a radically innovative combination of existing, accessible technologies.

newcleo is building the next generation system with the goals to:

  1. eliminate the need for geological repositories by using a fast neutron flux avoiding the production of long life radioactive elements;
  2. accelerate the development of new fuel cycles, including MOX (Mixed Pu-U Oxides) and eventually thorium, that provide clean, safe and inexhaustible energy from nuclei and the opportunity to burn the long-lived nuclear waste produced by the old generation of nuclear reactors;
  3. ultimately develop an Accelerator Driven System (ADS), based on the intrinsically safe coupling of a particle accelerator and a sub-critical reactor.

With visionary co-founders, newcleo brings together an international team of senior engineers with deep knowledge of nuclear energy and new recruits with a fresh mindset, working to develop designs based on innovative Lead-cooled Fast Reactors (LFRs). These LFRs will meet the commercial demand for small terrestrial waste-to-energy reactors.

In the UK, newcleo’s immediate focus is on delivering a prototype 30MWe LFR by 2030 followed by an initial battery of 4-6 x 200MWe reactors with deployment in the early 2030s. We are building our team to meet this challenging and exciting objective.

newcleo wants to be the first step toward the evolution of its industry to become fully respectful of people and the environment. To develop a new, sustainable, and completely safe way of generating nuclear energy that will lead humanity to zero emissions, and to the mitigation of global warming.

Reports to:

Head of Environmental Permissions, UK Operations

Job Description

The role will lead and act as subject matter expert for all activity to deliver comprehensive environmental assessments for newcleo’s UK projects meeting requirements for Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulation Assessment, Water Framework Directive and Marine Conservation Zone Assessment in support of any primary permissions (such as a Development Consent Order or Local Authority Planning), environmental permits and any secondary environmental consents/ licenses. The post holder will have responsibility for everything from scoping of initial surveys through to finalising environmental aspects of applications and discharging of requirements/ conditions.

Main Responsibilities

  • Define, initiate, and manage a comprehensive programme of environment assessment for newcleo’s UK projects in support of the essential environmental permissions (including planning permissions/ development consent, environmental permits and secondary consents/ permissions).
  • Ensure the environmental assessment programme is fully integrated with other workstreams such as design, safety case, generic design assessment, construction preparation etc., and information requirements are clearly specified.
  • Specify, appoint, manage and oversee the necessary suppliers and consultants needed to complete the environmental assessment programme, ensuring strong commercial performance and exceptional quality of work in line with key milestones.
  • Act as environmental assessment subject matter expert, ensuring that critical development issues are identified early and collaborate with the wider team to ensure development plans and approaches effectively mitigate these issues and associated risks.
  • Establish and build strong working relationships with relevant external stakeholders including the EA, local authorities and statutory consultees.
  • As part of a small Environmental Permissions team, promote collaboration, best practice and innovation to ensure newcleo’s success.

Desired Qualifications

  • Significant experience of leading environmental assessment in complex, nationally significant infrastructure projects, ideally with prior experience of nuclear new build.
  • Strong project and contract management capabilities demonstrated through previous success in a similar role.
  • A broad technical environment/ EIA knowledge – able to identify the real issues, robust but efficient assessment methodologies and propose simple and effective mitigation.
  • Creates credibility with key stakeholders, able to build confidence and influence effectively.
  • Builds strong networks internally, collaborates with others in the interest of overall team success.
  • Strong written and verbal communication & report writing skills
  • Willing to consider new and innovative approaches; Solution focussed whilst able to constructively challenge.
  • Qualified to degree level in an appropriate subject (e.g. Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, Environmental Engineering) or a suitable vocational qualification (HND or equivalent) and relevant professional experience. IES membership.

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