Power Supplies Operations Unit Head

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£54,896 - £61,386
13 Apr 2018
11 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Power Supplies Operations Unit Head

Job Ref: 2748
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £54,896 - £61,386 (inclusive of MPP) dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 13th May 2018

The Electrical Engineering Department operates, maintains and develops the pulsed power converters and distribution equipment for the Joint European Torus (JET), the largest operating Tokamak in the world operated on behalf of EUROfusion, and the UK`s new Tokamak MAST-U that will position UKAEA at the centre of international fusion research for many years to come. As a new department it is also starting an exciting pathway to explore new opportunities within the fusion technology programme, supporting UK growth with the UKAEAs business development team and helping meet the challenges faced with commercialising fusion.

There is an exciting opportunity to join the department leading teams of engineers and technicians who operate the JET and MAST-U multi-megawatt pulsed power converters for the Tokamak`s magnet coils and neutral beam heating systems. The Power Supplies Operations Unit Head will be responsible for leading the work on power supply systems that are crucial to UKAEA maintaining its reputation within the international fusion research community. They will need to be able to make key decisions based on sound judgement, but often quickly to avoid loss of time to the experimental programmes.

The Unit Head will need to drive improvements in how we operate our facilities to continually enhance the availability and performance of the plant. They will need to develop and grow the staff to meet the needs of the current programmes, match the changing technologies in new power systems and to put the Department in a strong position for growth in fusion technology, materials and to realise commercialisation of fusion

To find out more about the department or role please contact the hiring manager who will be happy to discuss in more detail with you. 

All successfully shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview, and in some instances further technical exercises to assess suitability for the role. If you require interview support or would like some tips on how to prepare for an interview, please follow the link below or speak to either your HR Business Partner or the Recruitment Manager who can arrange some mentoring with you. 

Knowledge skills and experience


- Extensive experience leading and managing professional staff on complex and high hazard plant in a technological environment, with a significant level of safety management.

- Experience of plant management is also required.

- Honours degree in Electrical, Electronics or Power Engineering, or a related discipline such as Physics.

- Ideally, a Chartered Engineer but other Professional Accreditations could be considered.


- Beneficial to hold a formal qualification in safety.

Special requirements:

Selection Method(s): 

- As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

- Please note if you hold an allowance associated with your current role, this may not be transferable into a new role within a different area of the organisation.

- The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role, please discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.

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