Head of Permitting

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Job title Head of Permitting
Ref CBS9JP00004747
Location Harwell
Region Central and South East
Company Radioactive Waste Management
Salary Negotiable
Duration 12 Months
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Accountable for establishing and delivering a strategy and programme for securing all the necessary environmental and land-use permits and consents for the entire GDF development programme.


Direct report to the Geological Disposal Facility Siting Director leading and managing internal and external resources to support delivery of applications as required.

Key internal contacts include -

Company Board, Executive team, Head of Community Engagement, Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Head of HSSEQ Systems and other Company staff, providing support and delivery

External liaison with senior staff in the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Planning Inspectorate, Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation, Local Authorities and other representatives of local communities.


The key duties and responsibilities in the following areas are:

Primary point of contact for strategic and policy engagement on permitting, licensing and land-use planning in relation to all stages of GDF development

Ensure the Site Selection and Development Consent Order (DCO) processes are robust to legal challenge.

Establish mechanisms for delivering key policy commitments to support GDF DCO programme.

Provide strategic advice to the GDF Siting Director and Company Executive team on DCO issues.


Good first degree in science or engineering discipline.

Chartered status membership of a relevant professional institute

Comprehensive understanding of planning and regulatory requirements for geological disposal under the Planning Act 2008 for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, in particular environmental permitting, nuclear site licensing and land use planning.

Familiarity with radioactive waste and wider nuclear policy

First-hand experience of central government operations, policy development and implementation

Experience of acting as 'intelligent customer' for services procured from third parties.
Proven experience in successfully developing strategic approaches to complex regulatory and planning issues.

Proven experience of developing technical underpinning and programmes of engagement activities to support applications for major nuclear and/or radioactive waste management projects

Proven experience of delivering consents for major nuclear and/or radioactive waste management projects

Experience of developing and managing relationships with communities and regulators through extensive stakeholder engagement activities to ensure successful applications

Strong influencing, communication and interpersonal skills


Primary point of contact for strategic and policy engagement on permitting, licensing and land-use planning in relation to all stages of GDF development

Lead the development and presentation of evidence to demonstrate that regulatory requirements will be met, to ensure successful applications for all necessary permissions.
Manage Company resources to co-ordinate and deliver supporting evidence and substantiation in the form of environmental assessments, habitats assessments and safety cases as appropriate for the application

Liaise with regulators, planning inspectorate, communities and government to deliver successful applications.

Liaise with Head of Community Engagement and Head of Stakeholder Engagement to ensure community needs are addressed.

Ensure the Site Selection and GDF DCO processes are robust to legal challenge

Understand the implications and develop Company positions on land-use planning, permits and consents for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and local planning requirements where required.

Represent Company interests in developing areas of DCO processes, National Policy Statement, including generic Appraisal of Sustainability and generic Habitats Assessment

Liaise with regulators, government and communities to ensure the site selection framework and DCO process are robust.

Identifying the need for and manage the process to obtain legal advice as appropriate, including Queen's Counsel.

Delivery of applications for environmental permits, land-use planning consents, licence applications and other consents necessary to progress the GDF Siting Process.

Ensure consultations (before and during the DCO application period) are robust to legal challenge and consider all relevant community, transport and environmental issues.

Establish mechanisms for delivering key planning policy commitments to support GDF DCO programme
Ensure strategic planning approaches are robust.

Procure third party support to advise on specialist commercial, financial, legal and planning aspects.

Develop and manage processes for Company land acquisition for GDF development.

Provide strategic advice to the GDF Siting Director and Company Executive team on development consent issues

Recommend and implement tactics for dealing with specific events, issues, individuals and organisations at a senior and national level.

Work with the Chief Scientific Advisor and Head of Site Selection to identify and advise on technical implications and requirements to support the GDF DCO process.

Advise on programme, resource and cost implications of the GDF DCO process.

In addition, he/she will undertake other activities commensurate with their skills and experience as and when required.

Managers will be expected to support and implement corporate decisions and initiatives as instructed by the Executive.

Additional information about the process

Capita Resourcing is the strategic resourcing business within Capita plc. We are the chosen provider of agency workers and permanent recruitment for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) collaborative framework, across nuclear sites and offices UK wide.

NuclearWorks welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation. NuclearWorks is a trading name of Capita Business Services Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business.

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