Safety Case/ GDA Project Manager




Years of experience

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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:

Technical Project Manager, UK Operations

Job Description

This role will lead the delivery of safety case/ generic design assessment (GDA) activities across newcleo’s fleet of LFR projects, starting with the 30MWe LFR prototype. The post holder will lead a highly motivated and expert team of safety case professionals and will build/ maintain strong and collaborative working relationships with both UK regulators and engineers/ safety case experts across newcleo to ensure robust coordination and management of issues and risks and, where possible, consistency in justification/ evidence between countries/ regulatory regimes.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead the delivery of safety case/ generic design assessment activities across newcleo’s fleet of LFR projects, starting with the 30MWe LFR prototype.
  • Prepare a detailed execution plan for safety case/ GDA delivery, based on a robust strategic approach which best mitigates newcleo’s regulatory risks taking into account our first-of-a-kind prototype.
  • Specify, select, appoint and manage any supply chain services required in support of newcleo’s safety case/ GDA activity.  
  • Work closely with the Design Authority (who will ultimately accept the safety case on behalf of newcleo as prospective nuclear site license holder) and other specialists across newcleo.
  • Support the Head of Licensing and Organisational Development to establish, manage and maintain a framework of engagement with the UK Regulators which promotes open and honest communication, strong collaboration and innovation.
  • Apply best practices in project management in line with newcleo processes and procedures, and ensure projects are delivered to time, cost, quality and without compromise to achieving world class safety, security and environmental outcomes.

Desired Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in production and management of UK safety cases with personal experience and evidence of a valuable contribution made as part of the core team delivering a UK generic design assessment (e.g. EPR, AP1000, ABWR or HPR1000).
  • Exceptional knowledge of the requirements and regulation surrounding site licensing pertinent to the safety case.
  • Strong knowledge of nuclear power plant operation and maintenance with new build experience.
  • Strong project coordination and stakeholder management skills.
  • Passionate about nuclear safety.
  • Masters degree in a science/ engineering subject.

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