Nuclear Energy Executive Search Recruitment

Spencer Riley's executive recruitment team for nuclear industry roles appreciate the unique engineering challenges of this sector.


Nuclear power is a crucial part of the global clean energy mix, helping to ensure energy security with fewer fossil fuel emissions, while reducing the burden on renewable power installations such as wind and solar. 

As governments around the world look for options to tackle climate change, developing new nuclear power capability features at the heart of many countries' carbon reduction strategies, both now and for the coming decades. 

About 15% of UK energy (6.5 GW) is produced via nuclear, according to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), and government plans could see this rise to 25% and up to 24 GW of new generation capacity by 2050.Globally, Nuclear delivers around 10% of the world’s electricity. 

With increases in generation, the sector will inevitably see growing demand for senior-level talent. Disciplines in the nuclear industry range from engineering and consultancy roles, through new-build and construction management, to specialist leadership in radiation detection, measurement and end-of-life plant decommissioning. 

Spencer Riley's executive recruitment team for nuclear industry roles appreciate the unique engineering challenges of this sector. We maintain ongoing relationships with talented candidates worldwide and are ready to supply prequalified, vetted shortlists for vacancies on a continuing basis.

Renewed focus nuclear globally and in the UK

Nuclear power capacity is developing around the globe, with over 60 reactors under construction, predominantly in Asia. With the IEA forecasting capacity growth of 43% between 2020-2050.  The WNA notes that although most of the UK's existing nuclear capacity is nearing the end of its life, a new generation of nuclear power plant construction is already underway. 

This direction of travel for nuclear makes the future landscape for top talent ever more competitive. Spencer Riley’s established talent pipelines can secure you access to the best candidates around the globe for the most demanding roles in Nuclear. 

The transformation taking shape around global nuclear supply surrounding newbuild projects, upgrades to existing installations, and decommissioning projects, means high demand for professionals involved in: 

  • Plant design
  • Construction
  • Maintenance and support functions
  • Nuclear wate management
  • Decommissioning
  • Measurement & radiation protection
  • Plant life extension 

Spencer Riley's nuclear team are ready to work with you with integrity and tenacity to power your senior executive solutions. Our team appreciate the changing demands of the sector and can leverage our existing networks and relationships to engage top talent. We can work on contingency or a retained basis for individual senior roles, or for larger recruitment projects through our bespoke Nuclear RPO recruitment process outsourcing service.

Find the ideal candidate

Disruptive forces in nuclear disciplines

Like many sectors, the nuclear industry is also forces due to the emergence of new technologies like cloud computing, robotics and automation. Leaders need to be adaptable and innovative in order to embrace this pace of change and deliver maximum value for their organisation. 

With a privatised energy market and substantial planned investment on the horizon, along with advanced nuclear technologies such as small modular reactors, this is a time of major growth potential for OEMs and service providers catering to the nuclear channel. 

Our recruitment advisors work with organisations across the sector, as well as with third parties providing expertise and capabilities to nuclear businesses, to supply the top-level talent needed to steer the industry in the right direction. 

No matter how complex your operation or the scale of your upcoming projects may be, we have the knowledge to recruit the people who can deliver on your business goals, while reducing time-to-hire and the total cost of your recruitment process. 

Specialist Roles

Our Approach

We take the time to listen to you and understand your business, the key drivers behind the hire and the importance in relation to your objectives

We will devote time to understand your business goals and role requirements and then develop a search solution that meets your specific needs

We will demonstrate unwavering tenacity, speaking pro-actively and confidentially with every individual with the right experience, in order to be certain we have secured the best person open to your opportunity


Further information on our recruiting process

What is Nuclear RPO?

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) involves placing moreof your hiring process in the hands of Spencer Riley's experts, allowing us tooffer an end-to-end service to meet your ongoing recruitment demand. 

It's ideal for organisations with a continuing need for newtalent, for example during periods of rapid growth when you need the confidenceof reliable leaders to take charge of teams at the highest levels of yourhierarchy. 

Our Nuclear RPO service is based on initial consultations and agreed KPIs so that we are always working towards your objectives and is regularly reviewed using real-world data from your recent hires, allowing us to make the final tweaks required to deliver the best value. 

While we will always apply the full benefits of our expertise when recruiting into individual roles, RPO puts our team closer to the heart of your organisation and allows us to use our experience of repeated hires to optimise time, cost and value.

Why choose Spencer Riley?

Our executive search specialists offer the highest standard of service at every opportunity, built on unparalleled expertise and a deep understanding of your industry. We appreciate the complexity of the nuclear sector and the challenges facing the UK energy market, and are committed to providing the human resources you need to excel. 

We work tirelessly to locate talent from a global candidate pool, ruling nothing out in the pursuit of the very best value for your hiring process. Candidates are vetted and prequalified, with the option for our recruitment executives to conduct first-round interviews to further narrow down the shortlist. 

After a candidate is selected, we can take the lead on negotiations of renumeration packages, employee benefits and other aspects of the final employment contract. We aim to maximise ROI for our clients, while ensuring candidates are placed into roles that will remain fulfilling for the long term.

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Contact Spencer Riley Today 

To start a talent search for nuclear energy roles, contact Spencer Riley today. If you're at a very early stage in the hiring process and would like to make an initial enquiry, please do. Our team is friendly and enthusiastic, and we'll be happy to hear from you. 

Initial consultations are no-obligation, allowing you to ask bout our services before you decide whether or not to proceed. With a proven track record and industry-specific expertise in nuclear, we are confident that we will become your go-to partner for recruitment services for many years to come. 

For organisations with ongoing hiring demand, please ask us about our Nuclear RPO service. Outsourcing your recruitment process can reduce time, cost and admin burdens, allowing us to supply high-calibre candidates even faster for your future executive-level opportunities. 

We also welcome enquiries from candidates. If you are working in a senior role in nuclear or in a related discipline, and would like to discuss your next executive, directorial or leadership position in the industry, Spencer Riley's team is here to help. 

To discuss any of the above, or to make initial enquiries about your senior staffing needs for an upcoming project, contact Spencer Riley now.


Our team

Meet our specialists in Nuclear.

Scott Ellam
Managing Director

Scott began Spencer Riley in 2014 after establishing himself as a leading consultant having completed a significant number of board level placements and assisting clients with acquisitions.

Laura Wild
Senior Search Consultant and Head of Client Delivery

Laura specialises in Life Sciences and Cold Chain logistics


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As well as the core sectors to which we recruit Spencer Riley has a proven track record for helping businesses in a wide variety sectors and getting the results required.

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