Working for NDA

How to apply for jobs at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

We employ over 200 people in England and Scotland in a variety of roles.

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What we offer you

Work for us and play a key role in tackling one of the most technical, complex challenges facing the UK today, helping us leave a safer environment for future generations.

In return for the contribution you’ll make to our future, you’ll receive excellent benefits and rewards.

Pay and pension

We offer:

  • competitive salary package
  • generous career average pension scheme
  • generous performance based bonus scheme
  • generous relocation package

Enhanced benefits

These include:

  • 30 days annual leave per year, plus 8 statutory public and bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • opportunity to purchase or sell up to a further 5 days annual leave
  • enhanced statutory family friendly leave schemes
  • a range of flexible working options - these depend on business needs, but our aim is to help you achieve a positive work-life balance
  • salary sacrifice schemes for Childcare Vouchers and Cycle to Work Schemes
  • learning and development support
  • enhanced Employee Assistance Programme

Work locations


NDA’s Headquarters are based in Cumbria, the second largest county in England.

Cumbria joins the North West of England with the North East and Scotland, with road and rail networks north, south and east. Despite its size, less than 500,000 people live here and over 50% of these people live in rural communities.

Cumbria enjoys a world-class environment and landscape, presenting unrivalled opportunities for tourism, a highly motivated workforce, unique skills in nuclear technologies, and an excellent quality of life.

Cumbria is a special place. The breathtaking scenery and strong, sustainable communities make it a great place to live and work. Carlisle, in the north of the county, was recently named as the happiest place to live in the UK in a recent survey by property website Rightmove.

On our doorstep is the Lake District National Park, one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes anywhere in the world. Western Lakeland is a land of vivid and exciting contrasts, lying between the mountains and the sea.

Useful Information

Lake District National Park website

Includes more details on:

  • things to do
  • places to go
  • history
  • archaeology
  • geology

Visit Cumbria – Western Lakeland website

Includes more details on:

  • history
  • attractions
  • locations

Cumbria County Council website

Includes more details on:

  • local services
  • transport
  • schools
  • leisure
  • culture


In addition to our headquarters in Cumbria, we have a network of offices across the UK, including one at Dounreay, Caithness.

Thurso is the northern-most town on the British mainland and lies at the junction of the north-south A9 road and the west-east A836 road.

In Caithness and North Sutherland, people learn to expect the unexpected. The area, at the north of mainland Scotland, is a haven for visitors. Its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, rugged coasts and abundant wildlife entice thousands of people each year. High quality food and drink also enjoys an international reputation. Thriving businesses have put down strong roots and are flourishing here.

Useful Information

Attracted by friendly communities, an outdoor lifestyle and the opportunity to shape and share a green, sustainable economy, more and more people are discovering that Caithness is the ideal place to work, rest and play.

Thanks to a string of ambitious economic, business and educational programmes, a relatively untouched location is being sympathetically modernised to reflect the best of 21st century lifestyle values and aspirations.


In addition to our headquarters in Cumbria, we have a network of offices across the UK, including one in Warrington, Cheshire.

Warrington lies just 16 miles east of Liverpool and 19 miles west of Manchester. It benefits from excellent transport links. The M56, M62 and M6 are close by, the West Coast mainline and Liverpool to Manchester railway both run through the town, and it enjoys easy access to both Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon Airports.

Cheshire is a diverse county. It takes in large towns including Warrington, Crewe and the historic city of Chester but it is mostly rural, with a number of small towns and villages that support an agricultural industry. There’s an abundance of countryside in the county, including the Delamere Forest, and over 25 miles of coastline on the Wirral Peninsula.

Useful Information

Live Cheshire

The relocation guide for Warrington and Cheshire, including:

  • places
  • leisure
  • education
  • housing
  • healthcare


NDA’s Harwell office is based in the most rural county in the South East, Oxfordshire. This county has a population of around 635,500, over half of which lives in towns or villages of less than 10,000 people.

The county is a popular visitor destination for its rural beauty, numerous market towns and Oxford city itself, which has earned a global reputation for its academic and architectural splendour. Oxford is also a global centre of publishing.

Oxfordshire has consistently high levels of employment and the workforce is among the most highly-qualified in the country. World-class business clusters include bioscience, advanced motorsport engineering, scientific research and cryogenics.

Useful Information

About Oxfordshire

Includes information on:

  • places
  • leisure
  • education
  • housing
  • healthcare

Careers in the nuclear industry

If you’re considering a career in nuclear decommissioning, then you might find the following links useful:

nucleargraduates scheme

A new generation of engineers, scientists and business professionals are needed to guide this exciting industry into the future. That’s why we brought leading businesses and world-class organisations together to create nucleargraduates – one of the most comprehensive graduate programmes the energy industry has ever seen.

Innovation, challenge, mobility and the right experience to light up your career

We aim to give graduates a ground-breaking career promise:

  • two years; three secondments
  • 10 weeks of dedicated training
  • a dedicated mentor
  • the combined power of an entire industry

The partners in the scheme range from large global brands that you know and dream of working for to exciting companies that, once you do know them, will knock your socks off: Rolls-Royce, Magnox Ltd, Sellafield Limited,
Environment Agency, and INS.

Why has the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority put this together?

We are a public sector body charged with the decommissioning and clean-up of the UK’s current public sector nuclear legacy. We have a major role in ensuring there is a sustainable workforce to achieve our mission. A world-class graduate programme, supported by a host of like-minded partners, plays a significant role in fulfilling that objective.

The challenges facing the nuclear industry are huge and range from decommissioning to engineering new solutions, from power stations to shipyards, from the wilds of the Highlands to the docks of Plymouth.

We need a new kind of pioneer. Is this you?

nucleargraduates website

The Programme

The programme is one of the most ambitious ever put together for graduates. A formidable partnership of companies have worked together to create it.

You will undertake three industrial secondments, with the opportunity for half of graduates on the scheme to spend time abroad in countries such as the United States, France and Canada.

These structured secondments are mapped against the criteria needed by professional bodies such as the IMechE, IET, RSC and IoP, and will give you the best possible experience.

Mobility is critical to this programme. As pioneers travelling the length and breadth of the country, you will experience different companies in different locations.

You will face the challenge of learning a range of managerial styles, geographical cultures, business type characteristics and how supply chains differ. The secondments are supported by off-site graduate-specific training. Subjects range from project management to communication skills, from nuclear technologies to commercial awareness.


Training is provided to support you and to move you towards your status as a chartered professional. You will go through a variety of behavioural and technical training at various locations throughout the UK. We will stretch your mind to take on new work processes and commercial challenges, while equipping you to deliver your day job – changing the face of our industry forever.

You will mix with people from different backgrounds and disciplines, ranging from scientists to engineers, accountants to project managers. You will have the support of a dedicated programme team, personal mentor and sponsor.

Footprints Programme

Many companies have corporate social responsibility policies. Our “Footprints” enables you a lasting impact on the areas you work in. This is delivered in two ways:

  • “Footprints Days”
  • 10% of your time.

Footprints Days

You will go with your cohort on three sets of two programme days looking at distinctive issues facing the UK as a whole today. These will include environment, business and community. You will find out how the economy works, what life is like outside the nuclear industry and most important how you can impact it through your 10% voluntary time.

10% Time

Following the Footprints days, you will use 10% of your time to work as STEM ambassadors with schools in your area and gain an understanding of small and medium sized enterprises.