Safety and Security Systems Maintenance Engineer

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£44,959 - £50,272
02 Jul 2018
02 Aug 2018
Energy, Nuclear
Contract Type
Full Time

Safety and Security Systems Maintenance Engineer

Job Ref: 2902

Job type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £44,959 - £50,272 pa (including MPP), dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 2nd August 2018


Are you an interested in supporting nuclear fusion by leading the maintenance, improvement and replacement of safety and security systems?

Do you have a background in engineering with a relevant qualification? Have you led projects to replace, upgrade or design systems? 

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a plant operations support engineer to join their team within the JET operations department. The team consists of circa 8 employees and are responsible for the maintenance, improvement and replacement of key support systems including environmental monitoring, personnel access and site signalling systems. 

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:

- Designated responsible officer for a range of systems; acting as technical expert and responsible for maintaining and improving equipment

- Negotiating and managing service contracts with external suppliers

- Managing a maintenance and obsolescence schedule and work list; delegating work where appropriate

- Leading projects and people to design systems to appropriate safety standards

- Cover for shift technicians on an ad-hoc basis to operate the JET tokamak (training given); will require some occasional shift work

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack by clicking the ‘Apply’ button.

Knowledge skills and experience


- Degree in engineering, HND with extensive experience or equivalent qualification 

- Demonstrable experience of holding positions of responsibility (such as plant owner or appointments)

- Demonstrable experience working with external suppliers and/or service contracts, using and controlling commercially sensitive information appropriately

- Knowledge of design principles of safety related equipment

- Experience of alarm, security and/or environmental monitoring systems

- Excellent communication skills; able to understand, influence, drive and negotiate with internal and external customers / suppliers

- Able to lead small project teams, learn from mistakes and take opportunities to improve the performance of the team

- Ability to act as a role model for safe working practices

- Able to take decisions to resolve issues and drive tasks forward independently 

- Able to identify opportunities and take action to deliver added value to the organisation


- Chartered Engineer, similar professional designation or working towards professional designation

- Experience in project management

- Experience in contributing to safety cases or other key safety documentation

Special requirements:

- This role will require shift work on an occasional basis when cover is required 

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Selection Method: 

- 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 UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

- 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.

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