Nuclear Project Manager

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Nuclear Project Manager

Nuclear Project Manager

Roles within the Project Management function have many commonalities with other industries; these transferrable skills give you a great chance to Sector Jump into nuclear.

It is usual that nuclear experience is desirable but is not essential. With the new build scope of work comprising 80% non-nuclear work, project managers, project engineers, and project administrators are in high demand.

Salary: $74,562 per year
Job Satisfaction: Very High
Transferability: Very High
Education: Relevant PM Qualification
Job Growth: High
Personality: xxxx

1. Job Description
2. Typical Day At Work
3. Responsibilities
4. Working Life
5. Is This Right For Me
6. Related Careers

Job Description

Project Manager - the Project Manager is the single point of contact on the client/customer-facing side and the single point of accountability on the business/delivery aspects of the work. They are responsible for the ultimate success of the project.

"Project Manager" is a loose term at the best of times, and it is probably more loosely used in the UK Nuclear Industry than any other due to the extensive range of work. You will find the job title "Project Manager" can be easily interchangeable with Project Engineer, Sub-Project Manager and Project Lead. Varying responsibilities from managing a £10k tooling job to a £100m decommissioning project - the candidate for both these roles may have the same job title; however, the skill set required to fulfil the position can be very different.

So how do you know when looking at potential opportunities which ones are for you? We have tried numerous ways but continue to find that the best way is to search existing live roles; you can see these at our nuclear job board.

Typical Day At Work

"A typical day starts by interacting with the people in my project to ensure that everyone is clear on what we plan to do and no blockers are affecting us in achieving our plan. If there are issues, it is my job to problem-solve them. The rest of the day can be quite variable, depending upon the stage of the project. Interactions will range from site visits, risk reviews, progress updates or planning future works. At the moment, we are seeking funding to start the next phase of our works, in which we will be providing decommissioning solutions to support the clean-up and safe storage of nuclear waste when plants reach their end-of-life."


Average Salary

$74,562 (£52,739)

Average Hourly Rate

$70.62 (£50.00)

Project Managers with little tend to make between $35,000 (£25,000) and $50,000 (£35,000) while the more experienced ones can earn over $106,000 (£75,000) per year.

One of the easiest ways to increase your salary as a Project Manager is to climb the career ladder. Training courses, as well as experience, will help here.

Additionally, if you are willing and able to move location you could find a pay rise by moving to a higher profile project in the nuclear new build or nuclear defence segments of the nuclear industry.

Find out more at our 'how much do project managers earn' page.

Other Responsibilities

Most of the job advertisements will state a requirement for a degree-level education and relevant Project Management qualification. Due to the nature of the work, relevant experience, in a regulated industry will go a long way to you landing a role regardless of your education level.

Read our 'how to become a project manager' page.

Working Life

Working Hours:

Standard 37.5 hour week

Regular schedule like a 9 to 5

Although contracted to 37.5 hours per week in a typical week, it is not unusual for a Project Manager to regularly work between 42 and 45 hours per week.

Much of a Project Managers 9 to 5 is taken up on meetings and generally 'walking the floor' speaking with the people in their teams.

Is this right for me

Best Personality for this career.

Best Personality for this career.

You can read more on Personality Type here (coming soon). ​ People who are suitable for this job like to bring people together to solve problems. They are a team player, like to plan and have the ability to motivate others. ​ They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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