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Next Gen Nuclear Industry Council – Call for applications!

24 April 2020

The Nuclear Industry Council (NIC) is looking for UK-based early to mid-career professionals from across the nuclear industry, its supply chain and other interested parties to sit on a newly established Next Generation NIC.

What is the Nuclear Industry Council?

The Nuclear Industry Council (NIC) is a joint-forum between the UK nuclear industry and Government, whose primary role is to provide strategic leadership to the nuclear industry. The NIC developed the Nuclear Sector Deal, which was launched on 28 June 2018 as part of the UK Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. The council is now responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Nuclear Sector Deal.

The NIC is comprised of senior representatives from across industry and government. Read about the membership and Terms of Reference on the Government website.

What is the opportunity?

A Next Generation Nuclear Industry Council (Next Gen NIC) is being established to act as a shadow board to the NIC comprising of ten professionals, including representation from Government and the NIA. The Next Gen NIC is being set up to bring new ideas and thoughts into the long-term future of nuclear and to drive the strategic growth of our sector. This is a fantastic opportunity to apply to be part of the Next Gen NIC and to help shape the future of the industry, play a leading role in strategic decision making and to develop both personally and professionally.

The Next Gen Nuclear Industry Council will support the NIC in tackling long-term challenges facing the industry and facilitating cooperation between industry and Government.

The activities of the Next Gen NIC will fall into two key strands:

  • follow the strategic agenda of the NIC and provide feedback, for example reviewing of the NIC papers
  • drive its own initiatives such as developing a vision of a future energy network aligned to NetZero, and the role nuclear should play

Why do we need it?

  1. To create a sustainable future for the nuclear industry
  2. To deliver diversity of thought
  3. To address critical issues
  4. To represent a changing focus & cultural shift in areas such as:
  • climate emergency
  • Net Zero
  • sustainability
  • economic development
  • digitisation
  • social media

What sort of person are we looking for?

Successful candidates should be able to act autonomously as well as part of the Next Gen NIC team and be flexible and enthusiastic. Strong communication skills should be demonstrated and the individual should be prepared to challenge, question and reflect. The membership of the Next Gen NIC will be based on personal appointments meaning that its members are not appointed to represent a particular organisation, rather they are appointed in their capacity as a knowledgeable person with the right behaviours and ability to think strategically on behalf of the whole sector and its members. The role will require communication with senior industry leaders, Government and those outside nuclear. We are looking for diversity of thought to build a strong and influential team to ensure those who will deliver the nuclear contribution to Net Zero are involved in defining it.

What is the level of commitment?

It is envisaged that the Next Gen NIC will meet face-to-face five to six times per year ­­­– three of which will be in accordance with the timing of the NIC – with additional activities and deliverables to be determined as required. The location of the meeting will move around the UK. Applicants must obtain line manager approval as the individual’s organisation are expected to pay for travel and subsistence costs associated with this role.

How do I apply?

Interested parties should submit a written application of no more than 250 words as to why they believe they are suitable for the role and why they wish to be considered by Friday 8 May 2020 to georgina.hines@niauk.org. For more information, get in touch on 020 7766 6641.

A blind selection process will then be undertaken by a review panel comprised of a number of members of the NIC. Following down-selection, CVs will be requested and interviews will then take place for a shortlisted number of applicants prior to the final appointments being made.

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