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Nuclear in Cumbria

Our primary clients in Cumbria extend across the full nuclear decommissioning services from designing safe demolition projects to the introduction of innovative solutions to safely remove contaminated waste, in one of the most hazardous nuclear environments in the world. We are proud to be leading decommissioning design and delivery solutions to the pioneering nuclear site in the UK. Our Nuclear team have developed expertise which is sought after and currently deployed on nuclear licensed sites around the world, utilising technology which unites our clients’ digital and physical worlds. Making the world a better, safer and carbon neutral place.

Our people advise clients on how to adapt to the emerging and growing decommissioning challenges through the deployment of new and innovative products and technologies to combat the fast-rising tide of digital disruption. They provide expert advice to guide clients through the challenges and exploit the opportunities of the evolving market. Our people are pro-active and reliable partners that can help maximise the value our products, technology and digital capabilities can offer. We help our clients survive and thrive in an increasingly complex world.

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Why join us in Cumbria?

Innovation is a big part of what drives our Nuclear & Power (N&P) business. We use some of our advanced technology solutions to help our clients meet today’s most pressing challenges. We’re always developing new apps, systems and technologies to help improve the way we and the larger industry works. With our network of offices in the UK and our Global Technology Centre in India, we collaborate across the disciplines to come up with solutions and standards that lead internationally.

Our people

Our people are our business. We work hard to understand the needs of our people and strive to recognise individuals/teams and provides opportunities to work to and develop their strengths. We seek to listen and learn from each other, and we understand and value the benefits of having a diverse workforce.

Diverse team

Our office is made up of a diverse team of friendly market-leading experts. It's a place where you'll enjoy many opportunities at any stage of your career. You’ll lead your projects, well supported from colleagues from all levels of expertise, and you’ll be trusted to deliver independently. We value true multidisciplinary collaboration, being innovative, supporting each other and always enhancing the way we work together. Read more about our equality, diversity and inclusion here.

Westlakes lifestyle

Our modern Westlakes office overlooks the Western Lake District fells, based on the edge of the Lake District on the Cumbrian coastline. It is a nucleus of talent nestled between the deepest lake of Wastwater and the spectacular RSPB reserve coastline at St. Bees. From local running, mountain-biking, kayaking or wild-swimming clubs, and 4 Michelin Star restaurants-, there's plenty to do on the doorstep.

Flexible working

We actively promote a work life balance and fully support staff members who have important out of work commitments. You can expect us to have your back informally and formally, making it possible for you to achieve a happy work life balance. Take a look at some of our benefits here.


Collaboration is at the heart of how we engage with each other and our clients. We have invested in digital solutions to enable smooth collaboration within our teams in the UK and with our Clients at home and internationally. We recognise that successful delivery of difficult projects rests on the ability to collaborate at all levels of our organisation and our culture embraces and celebrates this.

What skills are we looking for?


The waste engineering specialists provide waste support to multiple projects across the business. We offer practical waste management solutions to many complex projects, as well as the provision of on-site support to clients. Our specialists have experience across the full range of the radioactive waste management lifecycle, covering Out of Scope wastes through to Intermediate Level Waste (ILW). We offer first hand experience in the practical management of radioactive wastes across many industries, with strategic projects in nuclear decommissioning.

Our characterisation team provide specialist support to many projects, ensuring that wastes are fully characterised prior to any project starting. We cover the physical, radiological and chemical characterisation of materials to identify suitable disposal and packaging options for projects to enable the swift management of waste items. This function is critical to ensuring wastes are managed and disposed of compliantly. We also provide activity assessment capabilities to projects with the development and implementation of instrumentation and computer modelling. A characterisation role specialist is a varied role covering multiple technical specialisms, including waste and radiation protection.

Our radiation protection offering is both diverse and challenging. We support clients across their project lifecycles from feasibility assessment and concept design through to active commissioning and operation, in positions from an external consultant to integrated project support on licensed sites. Our primary focus in the field of decommissioning requires both a collaborative and innovative attitude and approach from the outset, ensuring a proportionate application of the Ionising Radiations Regulations to projects which often only span a brief period.

Engineering management is the focal point for delivery of engineering design within our projects, co-ordinating the technical solution to satisfy client requirements, legislation and standards and ensuring it can be delivered to cost and schedule. In this cross-discipline role, people and leadership skills coupled with financial and commercial acumen are as important as technical knowledge. Engineering management covers the full lifecycle of project delivery and needs to consider how the design will be manufactured, constructed, commissioned, operated, maintained and finally decommissioned.


Civil and structural engineering provides the underpinning for all other engineering disciplines to build upon – without the buildings and infrastructure, we would be engineering in a field and trying to fix equipment into thin air! Our civil and structural engineering team excels in collaboratively delivering sustainable infrastructure using the latest digital delivery processes and techniques. Working on some of the most complex decommissioning projects anywhere in the world, your responsibilities in the team can span the project life cycle – from site surveys and reality capture, design and assessment to site implementation.

Join a team that provides complex solutions to the technically challenging problems faced by our clients. From initial design concept for new products to qualification, testing and in-service support, you’ll be involved at all stages of a project. Our local team is renowned for capability in mechanical handling, machinery design, design for manufacture and delivery using the latest digital technologies. Our latest projects are literally helping to change the Sellafield skyline.

Join an EC&I team that has the capability to undertake a client concept through its full lifecycle including specification preparation, front end engineering, detailed design, installation and commissioning. The EC&I field is diverse which results in a team with skills across the whole field of EC&I within our department. We work closely with the other disciplines to ensure the final deliverable / product to the client meets their expectations.

A relatively new venture for us, you will join a team that explores the “art of the possible” and provides solutions which help others to maximise their contribution. This small team develops new bespoke software and identifies enhancements to commercially available software to enable our teams to deliver more efficiently and effectively. We are also providing industry leading solutions to enable our clients to manage their information more effectively, which is driving significant change in how projects are delivered.


The environment team at Westlakes sits within the decommissioning services team. We are a dedicated team of environmental specialists who have experience in relation to environmental aspects of the nuclear industry, radioactive waste management and radioactivity in the environment. We support the activities of the decommissioning services team, projects within the wider Atkins business and a range of clients. We understand the regulation and legislation requirements of nuclear licenced sites and support clients in complying with their conditions for their permitting and licensing requirements. We ensure that environmental requirements of operational projects are managed including supporting the production of various documentation such as environmental safety cases and BAT assessments. We also work closely with other environmental teams within the wider Atkins businesses including ecologists, hydrogeologists and contaminated land specialists.

Joining the construction team for the implementation of CDM principles and practices to ensure and maintain compliance to nuclear site licence standards of project delivery through command, control and supervision. collaboration and co-ordination of the decommissioning delivery program designers for mechanical, civil, structural and architectural to include electrical, control and instrumentation.

Join a team which is at the forefront of delivery of our exciting portfolio of projects, you will be involved in wide-ranging aspects of project delivery including scope, requirements, and risk management. You will also play a leading role in interfacing with clients, joint venture partners and sub-contractors. As a project manager you will be responsible for ensuring projects are delivered to cost, schedule and quality.

The project control team is an integral part of any project. The team is actively involved right from day one, assisting in creating a tender programme and estimate of costs. Working within the team, you will be assisting in building these programmes/estimates and then following these up on a regular basis to ensure progress is recorded and costs recovered. This often means being embedded as part of the client’s project team working collaboratively with not just them but our joint venture partners. This can be a demanding role but also rewarding as you develop your career within the project controls discipline.


You will be an integral part of a team providing quality assurance and quality control services to a range of diverse projects. You will interface with customers and supply chain in ensuring services and products are delivered to the requisite customer and international standards and specifications. You will be responsible for providing quality support across the full project lifecycle from design through to installation and commissioning

Information management is crucial to how we deliver the work we do at Atkins. Providing our clients and future clients with the confidence through efficient delivery and retrieval. Information comes in so many different formats in our industry as we strive to deliver the cutting-edge business model to complement our workforce and industry. However, the information is only worthy when we manage its capture within our document management system, which is a key role of every member of our team to enable the functionality of our systems. Our information is important to maintain safe, legal stewardship to meet our engineering net zero objectives, operations and future business needs.

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