Executive Recruitment

Head of Knowledge Management

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Radioactive Waste Management
Harwell, (with Flexible and Agile Working Policy expectation of 2 days a week)
Closing date:
13th December
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
Monday 13th December 2021
Long listing
Monday 13th December 2021
Preliminary interviews
Monday 10th January 2022
Short listing
Monday 24th January 2022
Assessments/Informal Conversations
Monday 31st January 2022
Final panel
Monday 7th February 2022

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RWM has been established with a single mission – to deliver a UK Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for disposing of the UK’s inventory of radioactive waste.  The GDF Programme is a major and long-term infrastructure programme, on the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) list, with a Whole Life Cost of up to £50Bn.

We are now recruiting for a Head of Knowledge Management to lead in the identification, creation and management of the GDF knowledge base and develop a strategy to ensure the security, maintenance and use of that of the knowledge base as the programme progresses. These are exciting times for the organisation as we embark on a substantial programme of transformational change, operationally and structurally; through the successful planning phase of this programme we are now seeing year on year growth and a real sense of anticipation as the programme moves forwards into the next phase of delivery. 

Knowledge is one of the primary assets of the GDF programme. This is a senior leadership role reporting to the GDF Operational Readiness Director, the GDF Head of Knowledge management will be responsible for developing the processes and behaviours that facilitate the flow of knowledge, into, within and out of the GDF programme, securing that knowledge for the future and the embedding of critical knowledge associated with geological disposal. The Head of Knowledge Management will work closely with other Directors and functional leads across the organisation. Particularly in the areas of records management, information management, information security and information governance.

You will bring an understanding and application of effective knowledge management concepts in a rapidly growing, highly regulated organisation. You will also possess the ability to act as an ‘intelligent client’ for a large infrastructure delivery of project (or similar) acting within a wider group of companies. Experience of culture and change management ideas and approaches to influence stakeholders and cultivate dynamic knowledge sharing behaviours is also required. Relevant professional qualifications in either Information or Knowledge Management commensurate with the experience are requested as is familiarity with British and International Standards of knowledge and information management, namely ISO30401 and ISO27001 and ISO19650 (BIM).  

This role presents a genuine opportunity to make a positive impact; and is critical to successfully deliver this nationally significant environmental and infrastructure restoration project.

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  • A CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements;
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria set out in the person specification;
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We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. At RWM we are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive. We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the communities we support. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBTQ+ and candidates who have a disability.

Disability Confident Scheme: 

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