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Finance, Audit & Risk


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The Finance, Audit and Risk Development Programme is an exclusive graduate development programme for the nuclear industry and we are on a mission to create a diverse pipeline of future talent. This role enables you to secure a fundamental role in the future of sustainability.  

Successful candidates will be employed by Energus on a three-year programme, sponsored by Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), whilst studying towards their Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification to become a Chartered Management Accountant.

During your time on the Finance, Audit and Risk Development Programme you will be given the unique opportunity to experience the different aspects of NDA’s complex and ever-changing industry within different businesses within the NDA group.

In addition to working in the finance team, you will spend the second year in the Audit and Risk teams across the NDA group to gain more invaluable and insightful experiences. This role will allow you to specialise in one of these areas in your final year of the programme. 

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About NDA

NDA’s mission to safely and efficiently clean-up the UK’s nuclear legacy across its 17 sites is one of national importance. Doing this with care for our people, communities and the environment is at the heart of our work. We will apply the principles of sustainability to ensure that our mission outcomes and the journey to deliver them balance environmental, economic and social impacts. NDA’s 120-year programme is tackling some of the highest hazard facilities in the world, with current outstanding liabilities estimated at £135bn.

NDA sets the overall strategy for decommissioning and waste management across its sites and performance manages its businesses – such as Sellafield – with the aim of maximising value to the taxpayer. It is also home to the UK’s world leading nuclear transport capability, with a fleet of 4 ships and over 100 locomotives.

The NDA group is committed to being an inclusive workplace, made stronger by different ideas from different people, with different backgrounds.


During the programme you will be studying towards your CIMA professional qualification via blended learning (classroom teaching and on-line) to become a Chartered Management Accountant. The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business. The CIMA qualification is split into Certificate, a standalone ‘beginner’ qualification, and Professional, which is split into three levels: Operations, Management, and Strategic.

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) will help students with little or no accounting experience unleash their true business potential. The Operational level focuses on the short term and the implementation of decisions. The Management level focuses on translating long term decisions into medium term plans. The Strategic level focuses on long term strategic decision making. Candidates will be able to support organisational leaders to craft strategy; evaluate and manage risks that might prevent organisations from successfully implementing strategy; value organisations; and source financial resources required to implement of strategy.

Anyone can study the CIMA qualification, whether they’re new to finance and business or an experienced professional.

During the 2-year programme, alongside your CIMA studies, you will also complete a “Core Training” package, which will include:

  • Introduction to bookkeeping
  • Introduction to the Nuclear Industry
  • Influencing & Negotiating
  • Stakeholder Management training
  • Mental Health Awareness session
  • Leadership Development

Successful candidates will:

Be assigned a dedicated mentor upon starting the programme. This mentor will stay with you right through until your achievement of becoming a Chartered Management Accountant.

Have mid and an end of secondment appraisals which will track your progress against set objectives

Be supported by Energus’ dedicated Programme team who will be on hand to provide professional and pastoral support. Our Programme Team are all Mental Health First Aiders.

Upon completion of the three-year programme we will support you to commence a substantive role within one of the organisations within the NDA group (DSRL, NDA, Magnox, Nuclear Transport Solutions, Nuclear Waste Solutions or Sellafield) to continue with your career and professional development.


During your time on the Finance, Audit & Risk Development Programme you will be given the unique opportunity to experience the different aspects of NDA’s complex and ever-changing industry within different businesses within the NDA group. In addition to working in the finance team, you will spend the second year in the audit and risk teams across the NDA group to gain more invaluable and insightful experiences. This role will allow you to specialise in one of these areas in your final year of the programme.

Whist on the programme you will work across the three functions:


  • Be at the centre of analysis, planning, performance management and decision making across the NDA group
  • Prepare monthly management accounts and statutory accounts to inform stakeholders of progress against the clean- up mission
  • Ensure compliance with taxation regulations including Corporation Tax, VAT, Income tax, Environmental Taxes
  • Complex financial modelling to guide and support key business decisions
  • Be a strong finance partner to group businesses and functions, helping optimise long term strategy delivery


  • Working closely with internal stakeholders from all levels within the organisation
  • Supporting the development of internal audit plans, including input to senior stakeholder meetings
  • Preparing and reviewing various reports for the NDA and subsidiary Executive, Audit, and Risk Assurance Committee
  • Support the delivery of internal audit reviews for a range of high-complexity audits, ensuring compliance with all professional and regulatory requirements and collaboration across the business and with external support


  • Direct input to the formulation of the group-wide risk management policies and procedures, contributing proactively to organisational risk management strategies and supporting implementation
  • Advise the business on the benefits and appropriateness of different approaches to managing risk
  • Support the risk modelling and analysis for major and complex projects / programmes to produce and advise on levels of contingency, to ensure having the appropriate level of contingency in place to protect from undue risk
  • Feeding back on the performance of risk management processes to ensure compliance with agreed processes and procedures and to inform future development


Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant degree subject, achieved within the last 5 years
  • Have the full right to work in the UK (please note we are unable to sponsor visas or accept those with a Graduate visa as candidates will be unable complete the full duration of the programme)
  • Successful completion of security clearance checks
  • Applicants must be willing and able to travel and relocate to complete secondments and training whilst on the Nuclear Graduates programme
  • Location will vary dependent on sponsor location. 

Start date: August 2023

Nuclear Graduates roles will be closed when maximum application numbers are reached. We encourage that you apply at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. Please note only one Nuclear Graduates application is required, please do not submit multiple applications.

Pay & Benefits

In exchange for your efforts in shaping our future growth and development, we will offer a competitive graduate salary and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Starting salary of £26,000
  • An individual Travel & Subsistence budget of £5,500 to allow you to fulfil your training commitments
  • Time off to study as per CIMA timetable
  • 6 discretionary days leave for study and relocation
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Membership of up to 2 professional institutes
  • 25 days' annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Fully subsidised CIMA qualification

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: February 28th, 2023
  • Starting: August 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £26,000 rising to £27,000 in your second year + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Multiple UK Locations

Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Maths

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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