Deputy Director: Construction and Development Wylfa Nuclear Project

Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy
28 Jul 2018
14 Aug 2018
Engineering, Nuclear
Contract Type
Full Time

You will help the Department deliver on its promises for clean, reliable and diverse electricity generation. This is a priority for the Prime Minister and the BEIS Secretary of State's Statement to Parliament on 4 June 2018 confirmed that the UK Government would enter into formal negotiations with Hitachi in relation to the proposed Wylfa nuclear plant in Wales. The decision to proceed will be subject to Government regulatory and other approvals including value for money, due
diligence and state aid requirements.

The work is expansive, varied and extremely interesting. We are at a critical and exciting juncture as we build a new, multi-disciplinary team cross-government team comprising colleagues from BEIS, Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) and UK Government Investments (UKGI). The team also works closely with the nuclear developer (Horizon). This is high profile work, and a ministerial priority.

Key activities and responsibilities

You will be part of a growing and multi-disciplinary, cross-Government team comprising 3 BEIS Senior Civil Servant-led teams, 1 IPA-led team and 1 UKGI-led team. You will be the SCS Head of the Construction and Development team leading and taking forward work to meet key milestones and helping Ministers decide on the overall robustness of the project.

Skills, experience and qualifications (Essential)

The post requires somebody with extensive experience of delivering major complex infrastructure and knowledge or experience of nuclear construction. You will need to be able to assess and advise on several areas including:

• Lessons from other successful major mega infrastructure projects

• Whether the project is structured in a way that could be delivered within the cost estimate

• Balance of risk in contractual arrangements

• Assessment of the capability of the developer their ability to deliver the project (technical, constructional)

• HMG capabilities (build phase)

• How to incentivise contractors not just individually but overall - shared incentivisation processes for the project

• The contracting strategy and construction agreements including appropriate management of any conflicts; knows how best to manage interfaces with multiple contracts / contractors - to deliver effective coordination

• Able to recognise how to avoid penalties / variation claims from contract structures

• Financial sufficiency of committed funds

• Alternative approaches as long as they believe those approaches will deliver the project successfully - and able to steer matters if required

• Managing multiple stakeholders from across Government, the project company and investors; and

• More generally the underlying robustness of the project

Skills, experience and qualifications (Desirable)

• Some understanding or experience of cross-Whitehall working

We expect all our senior leaders to be:

• Brilliant - inspiring, high performing, with a clear sense of purpose
• Enterprising - creative, open to ideas, well connected
• Inclusive - encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work
• Skilled - expert and committed to development and impact

Please take time to read the attached Candidate pack for further information about this role and the recruitment process



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


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Nationality statement

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Selection process details

As part of the application you will required to complete a CV and Personal Statement.

1. A CV setting out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements that are relevant for this role, including details where applicable of budgets and numbers of people managed, relevant achievements in recent posts, together with reasons for any gaps within the last two years

2. A Personal statement (no more than 1200 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification

Failure to complete both sections (CV and Personal Statement) will mean the panel have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

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Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

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