The lifeblood of the UK Nuclear Industry is the ability of all of the different companies to be able to do business with each other daily. Be that from utilising a local bus company's services to provide a park-and-ride service for a licensed nuclear site, the purchase of stainless steel for the manufacture of transport flasks or the procurement of a multi-billion pound EPC multi-year contract.
So what roles are there available to you in the UK nuclear industry if you are interested in getting a role in procurement?
Buyer, Procurement Manager, Procurement Specialist, Commercial Manager, Contracts Manager are the roles you will find in any job search that you undertake with the words "nuclear procurement". Even if you decipher the job title you are interested in, one company's Contracts Manager is another company's Buyer; this can make the whole process complicated and confusing.
The best approach is to consider what skills and experience you have and hone your search in on the jobs roles and responsibilities rather than the job titles.
The international gold standard for procurement specialists is the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). You will see many of the more senior roles looking for candidates to be members with the designation MCIPS after their names. This requirement with specific experience of working within the particular job segment, e.g. nuclear submarines, nuclear cranes, EPC contract management, will put you at the front of the queue when applying for many senior roles.
However, GetIntoNuclear aims to drag the nuclear industry into the 21st century. One of the main ways that the industry needs to do this to meet the increase in demand for resources is to broaden the scope of skills and experience accepted into the UK Nuclear Industry. If you have worked in a shop and had to undertake inventory control, there is no reason why you cannot manage the spares strategy for a filter changing machine within an EPR NPP. Suppose you have worked in a sales role in the past. In that case, there is no reason why you cannot pursue a career in supply chain development and look to source new suppliers into the industry by introducing them to the benefits of entering a new market. If you have previously completed an A-Level in IT, there is no reason why you cannot embark on a career in sourcing the latest firewall software to help protect the CA information held by the MoD.
Okay, maybe we laboured on a little, but now we have made our point. What do you do now?
If you feel that you are ready to apply for a role today, click here to find nuclear procurement roles.
If you feel you have the skills and experience but unsure which way to go, contact us for further info on the different nuclear procurement roles.
If you feel that you need to up-skill and undertake some training, contact us to find specific training for nuclear procurement roles.
If you feel that procurement is not the role for you, go back to the Job Functions to find information on all of the positions available to you within the UK nuclear industry.