This is the probably the area of work that has the most transferable skills from other industries. Like most industries, organisations within the UK Nuclear Industry whether organised in a functional or project structure cannot function without the support of administration staff. It is often that the first member of staff that meets you at reception and is the person that makes the whole office tick!

Nuclear Admin Jobs

There are many roles available in all organisations, within each project and within most locations which make your chances of landing an administration role fantastic. The largest diferentiator from other industries is the additional vetting requirements that are applicable when looking for a job in the UK Nuclear Industry. The vetting requirements will vary based on company, role, location and current work being undertaken. You can find our guide to vetting in the nuclear industry in the UK are part of another post on the site.

Key skills for a project administrator as highlighted in a live job at the time of writing are:

  • Computer Literate with a good understanding of MS Word and Excel

  • Ideal but not essential, experience of using SAGE software

  • English and Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)

  • NVQ Level 3 in business administration would be advantageous

  • Good telephone manner

  • Confident and articulate with a good sense of humour

  • Organised, tidy minded person

  • Good time keeper


A likewise advertisement for the Personal Assistant in the industry listed the skill required as:

  • Good organisational skills (flexible/organised/methodical)

  • Ability to work independently and be proactive

  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills notably with various levels of the organisation and externally

  • The ability to work as an integral part of a team contributing to team success, communications and a positive working environment

  • Flexible approach with the ability to multi-task and work on own initiative

  • Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Power Point to a high standard 

  • Previous team support experience

  • Discretion - confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information

  • Attention to detail

  • General administrative/secretarial knowledge producing professional work as well as ability to adapt to new and changing systems (and possibly creating systems)

  • Use of Outlook or similar diary/email application 

  • Working knowledge of SAP and ability to raise requisitions, desirable

  • Previous experience in the energy industry desirable


NB- an additional thing to note here is that the ability to communicate in another language; particularly French or Chinese is becoming more and more prevalent due to the increase multi-national consortiums entering the nuclear industry in the UK.


There are whole sites dedicated to bagging yourself many of the available administrative roles starting at the national career service job profiles and specifically Admin AssistantPersonal Assistant and Receptionist

We also recommend an article from Oriel Partners on some of the common expectations clients ask for, including standard personal assistant degree requirements and the qualifications required to be a personal assistant that you may find very informative.


Check out the training and jobs pages here at Get Into Nuclear to find out more.