Technical Improvement Leader

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Culham, Abingdon
£54,869 - £61,386 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme 
25 Jan 2019
22 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Technical Improvement Leader 

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Job Title: 
Technical Improvement Leader 

Job type: 
Permanent Full Time 

Culham, Oxfordshire 

£54,869 - £61,386 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme 

Closing date: 
25th February 2019 

The Opportunity 

Are you an Improvement Leader with a track record in delivering challenging engineering improvement activities? Can you bring clarity and clear thinking to complex and uncertain environments that demand ground breaking performance? Do you have experience of creating and implementing technical management processes in a way that engages an organisation? If so, we would like to hear from you. 

We are seeking an experienced improvement leader to drive our Technical Continuous Improvement activities. You`ll be at the forefront of shaping our approach to Technical Management by striving to improve our systems, people and processes - all of which are essential to deliver against its world-first-of-a-kind challenges. 

You will personally manage a portfolio of initiatives including opportunities to learn from experience, align with industry best practice and meet the shifting needs of the business. Outputs will range from developing best practice guides for areas without technical precedence to site-wide transformation. The challenges will be many and varied with an expectation that you will nurture excellence both technically and managerially, enjoying a role that will be visible and impact throughout our organisation. 

At the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. We`re always interested in versatile applicants from diverse backgrounds and we actively promote equality among our staff. You`ll be part of the Design Authority team, whom own the technical processes and standards for the organisation. Over half of that team work flexible, compressed or part-time hours - we`d be happy for you to do likewise if that`s important to you. 

Our Mission? 

Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, could play a huge part in our carbon-free energy future. UKAEA is the world`s leading nuclear fusion research establishment, with unrivalled science facilities and exciting technology development platforms. Our mission is to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow`s fusion power stations. In doing so, we will place UK industry at the forefront of the future global energy economy. 

For more information on why UKAEA is an extraordinary place to work and the challenges we face, check out our YouTube channel. 

Knowledge skills and experience 



You will strengthen and complement our existing team with experience that includes: 

-Leading, developing and embedding major business improvement programmes, ideally in a complex engineering organisation; 
-Developing and implementing quality in an R&D, innovation or start up environment. This could include working with technical teams to develop new approaches then overcoming the challenges of roll-out to enable engagement and compliance; 
-Application of advanced coaching skills to instil competence in others in an effective and collaborative fashion. 
-Collaboration at differing levels (C-suite to tradecraft) and with differing functions (Quality Assurance, Safety, R&D) to deliver company needs and align with external standards (e.g. ISO 9001:2015) 

Your professional training should include quality improvement (e.g. Six Sigma Green or Black belt with significant deployment examples post qualification. 

Your education should include a diploma or equivalent in an engineering discipline 

You have endorsed your professional progression via membership, or even fellowship, of a recognised professional body. If not, we`ll support this in your new role. 

As a key part of our engineering governance team, you`ll be a role model. Therefore we care about behaviours and you should: 

-Possess high standards with respect to delivering with quality and compliance 
-Demonstrate a clear drive for self-reflection, personal growth, organisational learning and continuous improvement 
-Be capable in decision-making and effective in delegation 
-Be able to balance attention to key details with retaining perspective on `big picture` context 
-Display personal resilience (determined, comfortable with differences of opinion and able to mediate conflict) 
For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack from our website. 

The Selection Method 

-We`re planning on an initial remote interview if you are shortlisted. 
-An on-site interview may follow, including a chance to tour some relevant plant. This will help you understand a little more about our organisation, site and the work that we do. 
-You may also need to complete a work based simulation exercise and a personality profile either online or onsite. 

Special requirements: 

Our Special Requirements 

Please note all employees working at the UKAEA 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 

A Few Final Things to Note: 

-Be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if a large number or sufficient applications are received 
-UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews

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