Non Executive Directorships

Committee on Radioactive Waste Management – Members (x3)

Location: London

Date Posted: 26/03/2021

Closing Date: 25/04/2021

£350/day  –   25-45 days/year

Vacancy Description

The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body, with a remit to provide independent scrutiny and advice on the long-term management of radioactive wastes.
CoRWM reports to Ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as well as the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland. These organisations are known collectively as CoRWM‘s Sponsors.
The Committee also has a remit to advise more broadly on radioactive waste management issues, which includes: scrutinising the storage, characterisation and classification of radioactive waste; advising the Scottish Government on policy for near-surface near-site waste management and disposal; examining the management of spent fuel and other nuclear materials, and; assessing RWM’s processes for engaging with communities and evaluating potential sites.
The Committee consists of a Chair and 11 experts from various fields related to radioactive waste management. The responsibilities of members include:
  • supporting the Chair in delivering CoRWM’s Work Programme which is agreed annually with Sponsor Ministers;
  • attending Plenary meetings six times a year;
  • working within subgroups to focus on specific areas of CoRWM’s Work Programme according to their expertise;
  • regularly meeting with the UK Government, Devolved Administrations, the NDA and CoRWM through subgroup meetings and providing independent oral scrutiny and advice;
  • developing CoRWM position papers and reports which formally provide advice to the UK Government, Devolved Administrations and stakeholders;
  • operating in an independent, professional and transparent way; and
  • communicating with the public.

Person Specification

Your application must demonstrate evidence of all the following essential criteria:

  • an ability to build and maintain good working relationships combined with experience of working cooperatively and achieving consensus in multi-disciplinary teams, where views may differ, in order to deliver successful outcomes to agreed timescales;
  • an ability to provide challenge and reasoned advice to government, partner, peer, and delivery bodies;
  • good analytical skills involving evaluating complex issues;
  • good drafting and communication skills; and
  • ability to communicate and engage with a wide range of stakeholders and the public.

In addition to the above essential criteria, your application must demonstrate evidence of experience and expertise in one of the following areas three areas:

  • site evaluation and characterization with a background in geosciences;
  • regulation; or
  • any experience of working with Scottish stakeholders would be helpful but is not essential.

Additional Information

Please tailor your application to show how you meet the criteria listed. You should set out your suitability for the role and how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification.

If you are shortlisted for the role, due diligence will be carried out and your referees are likely to be contacted.

You will be asked to prepare some identification documents if you are invited to an interview – further information will be provided at that stage.

Interviews are likely to be held remotely through Microsoft Teams.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 11pm on 25 April. Late applications will not be accepted.

For us to progress your application, you must submit one PDF document which includes both of the below before 11pm on 25 April 2021:

  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • a supporting statement (see note below on content)

by email with the subject “CoRWM Member” to publicappointments@beis.gov.uk

Your curriculum vitae and supporting statement must each be no longer than two pages in length. If you submit documents which are longer than two pages each, any information not contained within the first two pages of each document will be disregarded and will not be seen by the assessment panel.

Your supporting statement should:

  • cover how you meet the criteria listed under the person specification;
  • be tailored to the role, describe what you would bring, describe your vision for the role, highlight any previous career achievements etc.

We also ask that you complete an online application form, including referee details and whether you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident scheme, which can be found here.

As a Disability Confident Leader, BEIS will offer interviews to disabled candidates who meet the published minimum requirements for a job or role. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the declaration in the Diversity Monitoring Form provided. It is not necessary to state the nature of your disability.

Whether you choose to apply under the Disability Confident scheme or not, you can still ask us to make particular adjustments for you when attending an interview.

Please note feedback will not be provided after the shortlisting stage. Only candidates who attend an interview will be provided with feedback.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Corinne Jenkinson in the first instance at publicappointments@beis.gov.uk.

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