Finance, Audit & Risk Development Programme

United Kingdom
£26,000 pa in year 1, £28,000 pa in year 2, £32,000 pa in year 3
27 Jan 2021
27 Feb 2021
Role Type
Start Date
24 months+

Following on from the success of other Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) development programmes, Energus is once again collaborating with NDA to bring you a brand-new Finance, Audit and Risk Development Programme where we will be recruiting 4 individuals to join across the NDA group.

Successful candidates will be employed by Energus on a 3 year programme, sponsored by NDA whilst studying towards their CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) 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. 

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.

To find out more about NDA please visit –


The role

During your time on the Finance, Audit and Risk Development Programme you will be working across 3 functions (finance, audit and risk). You will find yourself working closely with internal and external stakeholders from all levels within the organisation. You will play a key role in helping the organisation meets its targets. To view the full role profile for the programme please visit

About the Programme

A Finance, Audit and Risk Development Programme like no other will see you spending time at up to 4 different organisations across the NDA group (see Figure below)


12 months within Finance

12 months – targeted to your chosen area of discipline


6 months within Risk

6 months within Audit





Location – Individuals will be based in an office in either West Cumbria, Warrington, Oxfordshire, Oldbury, Dounreay or Harwell with an option for individuals to work from home on occasions.

CIMA – 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 3-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.

Pay & Benefits

  • £26,000 per annum in Year 1
  • £28,000 per annum in Year 2 (subject to successfully completing a 12 month probationary period)
  • £32,000 per annum in Year 3
  • An individual Travel & Subsistence budget of £5,500 to allow you to fulfil your training commitments
  • Time off to study as per CIMA timetable
  • Up to 6 days discretionary leave for additional study time and relocation
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Company pension scheme (5% employer contribution, minimum 3% employee contribution)
  • Membership of up to 2 professional institutes



Candidate Attributes

Energus and NDA are looking for individuals keen to learn and who have the ability to influence others through their attitude and actions. Strong numeracy, problem solving, communication (both written and oral) and organisation skills are crucial for this role. Most importantly, we are looking for individuals who can achieve real results whilst showing humanity as an individual and in a team environment. Applicants must be driven, able to manage their own time and take full advantage of the opportunities presented to them by the programme.

The NDA group values the unique differences that each colleague brings to work every day and is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best.

Travel Details

Whilst homeworking will be considered where appropriate, applicants must be willing and able to move around the UK and overseas to complete secondments and training whilst on the Finance, Audit and Risk Development Programme (subject to COVID restriction).

Additional Role Requirements

Candidates must have achieved a

  • Minimum of a 2:2 classification in any degree subject or;
  • Hold a Level 4 AAT qualification (or equivalent)

Candidates must have the full right to work in the UK (proof will be requested)

Selection Process & How to Apply

  • Stage 1 - Candidates who meet the additional role requirements will be invited to complete Situational Strength and Numerical Reasoning assessments.
  • Stage 2 – A pre-recorded video interview
  • Stage 3 – One day virtual assessment centre. This will allow us to assess candidates across a range of competencies.
  • Stage 4 – Formal offer

Please send a covering letter detailing why you would like to apply for the position and CV to or by post FAO Sam Brown, Energus, Blackwood Road, Lillyhall, CA14 4JW

Closing date: Noon 28th February 2021. Any applications received after this date will not be considered.

Virtual Assessment Centre: We anticipate this to be held mid-April. Candidates will be invited mid-March 2021 onwards, but will be given sufficient notice.

Start date: Aug 2021. (Candidates will be subject to Office of Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) Clearance checks and will not be able to start until they achieve the required security clearance)

Please note that there is no guaranteed job at the end of this programme, however, both Energus and NDA will work with the individuals to try and help them secure a permanent role within NDA Group.

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