Mechanical Design Engineer (section leader)

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Culham, Oxfordshire
£44,959 - £50,272
29 Nov 2018
27 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Mechanical Design Engineer (section leader)

Job Ref: 3114

Job type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £44,959 - £50,272 (Including MPP, market premia payments) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 27th December 2018


Are you an experienced Mechanical Design Engineer with excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to lead and manage a team? 

Do you have a relevant engineering degree/HNC/apprenticeship or equivalent?

Do you have proven capability in engineering design and a good working knowledge of manufacturing techniques/engineering materials/design standards?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a Design Office Section Leader to join their team within the Central Engineering department. 

As Section Leader the job-holder will manage a number of employees, allocating tasks appropriately, conducting appraisals and recruiting. They will ensure that the team members understand the section`s remit, promote group and section throughout the UKAEA and beyond, and they will help create a team working environment.

Ideally you will strengthen and complement our existing team with experience that includes leading design work on major fusion sub-systems, from concept through to detailed design, and supporting the work plan and projects on enhancement programs and future fusion devices. 

The job-holder is experienced in designing using the appropriate and latest manufacturing techniques to support design decisions in a timely manner and in accordance with BS8888 and CCFE standards. They may manage projects for system/component repair, replacement or upgrade activities and produce technical reports

The Design Office Section Leader will promote/utilise industry`s best practices and facilitate the implementation of process enhancements that supports UKAEA`s strategic demands at affordable investment levels.

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:

- Safely and effectively manage/motivate/coach/supervise the section. Supervise staff /ASWs/ junior designers and students, providing them with challenging projects, monitoring their progress and providing constructive feedback. Adhere to and ensure staff under their supervision adhere to Group and organisational management systems.

- Support in raising the standard for Group competences and be proactive in defining new systems or processes that enhance the productivity of the Group/section or the wider organisation. 

- Demonstrate good communications with personnel across the organisation. 

- Demonstrate a good understanding of technical change control.

- Assist users in the development of Configuration Identification to ensure systems are broken down in an appropriate manner.

- Assist Designers/Work Package Managers interface with suppliers/contractors in defining the configuration management requirements.

- Assist and support the configuration team in general configuration management activities

- Support all design aspects relating to assigned systems or components including repair, maintenance, replacement or upgrade projects. 

- Experience in managing/coaching and leading a team. 

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

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


- A relevant engineering degree/HNC/apprenticeship or equivalent

- Incorporated or Chartered Engineer status with a suitable professional institution.

- Leading teams and supervising other staff 

- Experience in V5 CATIA /AutoCAD based CAD modelling and draughting. (As 


- Ability to perform exploratory design concepts using first principles 

- Proven capability in engineering design and a good working knowledge of manufacturing techniques/engineering materials

- Good working knowledge of structural engineering, vacuum systems, cryogenics, fabrications, machining and engineering materials. 

- Experience with working to design standards 

- Good communication and technical writing skills 

- Excellent interpersonal skills


- Understanding of the operation of data configuration control

- Experience with relevant environmental factors such as vacuum cryogenics, fabrication and machining.

- Support the improvement of the design office processes/procedures that have been completely overhauled over the last two years but need further refinement to encompass process enhancements.

Special requirements:

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, please discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.