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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  .

Near Leiston, GB

Career Area:  Engineering, Nuclear & Scientific

Site Construction Director - Sizewell C

Vacancy Overview

As part of our plan to secure a low-carbon energy future, EDF’s Nuclear New Build (NNB) team is leading an ambitious programme to build a fleet of safe, reliable nuclear power stations in the UK, focussed on two new nuclear power stations in the UK, the first since Sizewell B in 1995. The first station is under construction at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, and NNB’s ambition is to build a second at Sizewell C in Suffolk. The Sizewell C project is currently in the development phase, with UK public policy; financing; commercial and construction arrangements being established. The intention is to begin construction of the project at the end of 2021.


The HPC Project is one of Europe’s largest construction projects and the first new nuclear build in the UK within private ownership. SZC looks to replicate this. Unlike HPC which is equity funded, SZC will require a new model of funding that brings the overall risk to construct, operate and decommission for investors down to a level that will attract investment at regulated asset rates of return.


As Site Construction Director, you will be the intelligent client on site responsible for the oversight of the safe construction of a twin European Pressurised Water Reactor at the Sizewell C (SZC) project in Suffolk, with overall responsibility for all construction activities at the SZC Site Command Centre including off-site ‘Associated Developments’, through to preparation for operation and production (including commissioning) and reports to the SZC Engineering & Delivery Director. You will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality and that site activities are effectively planned, co-ordinated and delivered through up to 500 client staff at peak as well as a contractor workforce of c. 5,600 at one time. You will ensure that SZC can deliver to cost and programme; consequently, you will also play a critical role in contributing to the strength of the commercial case for SZC. 


Key stakeholders will be the SZC site based workforce; Trade Unions; local community representatives; Tier 1 supply chain companies; the Delivery Command Centre (DCC) and the Engineering Command Centre (ECC)


Nature and Scope

You will have ownership for 6 main areas:

  1. Site Safety & Assurance including: application of corporate policy and standards to site construction activities; monitoring performance against the policies and standards as appropriate; feeding back on performance into the Company measures; reporting on incidents and other operational issues through to the central Operational Learning teams
  2. Programme Management Teams: Responsible for delivery of scope safely and to defined schedule, cost and quality parameters
  3. People & Skills: Responsible for ensuring suitably qualified and experienced resources exist to support project delivery
  4. Site Operations: Responsible for facilitating the effective and efficient operation of the site
  5. Construction delivery: including, planning and day to day management of construction activities at the site and oversight of contractors carrying out the work. This team will have the capability to manage and oversee the range of activities involved and will interface with the Site and Corporate Oversight teams. This team is primarily carrying out the ‘do’ elements of the plan do check learn cycle at the site
  6. Associated Developments delivery: Associated Developments are part of the overall site construction programme but will not have nuclear or RSR activities associated with them



  • 2-6 direct reports (depending on project phase) and directorate of 500 indirect reports at peak
  • Oversight of for the total contractor population of c.25,000 over the life of the project, with up to c.5,600 on site at one time
  • Overall responsibility for individual construction contracts with values between hundreds of millions to £2bn. Estimated total project value of > £16 bn
  • Manage and coordinate delivery of service from a large number of contractor companies and sub-contractor companies to ensure effective, safe and timely construction of two EPRs and associated buildings/facilities and access

Principal Accountabilities

  • Assure Health and Safety of everyone on site, leading Zero Harm culture
  • Lead and develop a competent nuclear construction client team
  • Implementation and compliance with SZC’s Nuclear Site Licence Conditions and CDM regulations
  • Assurance of Quality and productivity of SZC site
  • Lead a Nuclear Safety Culture programme at SZC site
  • Lead Environmental and Sustainability strategy through the client, contractor and consultant organisations at SZC site
  • Ensure Security of SZC site
  • Collaborate with the Supply Chain Directorate to ensure effective management of the relationships with external contractors to ensure they deliver to safety, time, cost and quality specifications of all on-site and off-site (Associated Development) works
  • Responsible for the delivery and operation of the Associated Development sites / campuses
  • Assure the Site Operations Programme at SZC site ensuring management of movement of people, goods and equipment to/from/within the sites
  • Build, maintain and manage relationships with local community and adjacent sites in relation to site activities
  • Lead and coordinate innovation and implementation of best practise from other industries or countries
  • Forge links with other EPR projects
  • Assure compliance of SZC’s Industrial Relations Agreements / IR Strategy
  • Deputise for the SZC Engineering & Delivery Director and make decisions on their behalf within delegated authority
  • Provide an effective interface between site and other SZC (& HPC) project teams to ensure that the project is delivered effectively and efficiently and that activities are well co-ordinated
  • Provide visible and inspirational leadership to the site team, and ensure that the highest standards of leadership and supervision are practised throughout the site organisation
  • Ensure appropriate construction strategy and construction schedule are developed and maintained to deliver the project on schedule
  • Ensure appropriate construction processes and corresponding procedures are set up to meet the safety, quality, environmental and nuclear licence requirements
  • Ensure that necessary resources are available to meet the construction strategy and objectives
  • Regularly review performance on other external projects and other sources of best practice to maximise opportunity for implementing lessons learned on HPC
  • Promote EPR design and construction processes to the project stakeholders (ONR, EA, local Community, Board members…)


Nuclear Safety Accountabilities: This Post will have key nuclear safety responsibilities (“roles”) which could have a significant impact on nuclear safety through the activities that they perform. These will be detailed in the Nuclear Baseline.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience


  • Qualified to Degree standard and/or hold a professional qualification in a Civil / Engineering subject.
  • Significant experience in the role of the “client” leading large construction (capital) projects to successful delivery against time, cost and quality specification, ideally in a regulated environment 
  • Leadership skills in a complex matrix organisation showing strong relationship-building, influencing and people management skills for both internal & external stakeholders
  • Experience as the “client” managing large contracts and contractors, from both a technical and relationship perspective including the associated industrial relations environment
  • Experience of holding a senior leadership position in an organisation, creating a culture that supports nuclear/safety excellence and project objectives and values
  • Experience of planning and budgetary processes/techniques commensurate with a project of this size
  • Ability to gain full understanding of the legislative and regulatory requirements relating to construction of a nuclear licensed site; PWR experience preferred
  • Strong commercial knowledge of complex projects with a knowledge of UK construction legislation, including FIDIC & NEC contracts
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Interprets company and legislative requirements, identifying and proposing compliance arrangements appropriate for the business
  • Fluent in English language


  • Chartered Engineer, preferably civil, structural or building services
  • Experience of working on multi-cultural projects would be an advantage, sensitive to cultural differences


Key Competencies


  • Having a clear vision, direction and sense of purpose and being able to communicate this effectively within the sector, to colleagues in the Strategy and Regulations division as well as EDF Energy Plc and the wider Group, and to customers
  • The ability to innovate, think laterally and tackle new areas of business risk and opportunity.
  • The ability to identify and manage critical business issues
  • Good judgement and decision making
  • Enthusiasm, energy, passion and conviction


  • Self-confident and assured
  • Being honourable, trustworthy, fair and honest – respecting confidentiality


  • Getting results and making things happen
  • Ability to influence at a senior level with both internal (within EDF Energy Plc and EDF Group) and external audiences as required


  • Engaging and motivating others.
  • Recognising, drawing out and utilising the skills of others

Competitive Salary & Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a pension scheme, a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle, and the opportunity to earn bonus.  


These roles are advertised on a full-time/part-time basis as standard with the opportunity to discuss flexible working arrangements.


Why EDF?


We’re an inclusive, disability confident employer and recognise the importance of employee well-being.


We’re about the people who work with us and we celebrate their diversities and embrace the value that their differences bring. We believe that a culture of inclusion forms the basis of a truly sustainable business and is vital to shaping a strong and fresh-thinking organisation, with a number of employer networks and benefits to suit your lifestyle.


We're proud to be the UK's largest producer of low-carbon electricity. We believe that, together, we can create a cleaner, low-carbon future. 


Through innovation, dedication, and a firm commitment to electric and renewable energy – we believe we can change everyone’s future for the better.


Join us. Together, we'll help Britain achieve net zero.

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