Lead Engineer / Project Engineering Manager

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Culham, Abingdon
£48,310 - £62,197 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
18 May 2019
15 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Lead Engineer / Project Engineering Manager

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Job type:
Permanent Full Time

Culham, Oxfordshire

£48,310 - £62,197 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date:
17th June 2019

Could you surf at the edge of the future and balance rationale and instinct; while tolerating the anxiety, ambiguity and uncertainty characteristic of operating in this liminal space between the known and unknown, the old and new, the past, the present and the future? 

If this sounds like you then we have the perfect role for you.

In one of several critical roles available via this advert, you will enable world-first facilities whilst helping to craft the `Innovation by design` for an organisation that is stretching its remit. We are shifting from a science led mission towards delivering the engineering solutions and technology innovations necessary to transform energy generation in the 21st Century. 

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. Note that a significant proportion of our Design team work flexible, compressed or part-time hours - we`d be happy for you to do likewise if that`s important to you. 

We also understand the special nature of our work so on the job training over many months is normal on entering UKAEA. After orienting yourself in the business and your role diligent line managers, a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities 

Lead the technical delivery which involves risking, opening boundaries, more porous boundaries in the interests of the project outcomes while cognisant of the purpose of your team in relation to others. 

Design Champion linking creativity and innovation to become practical and attractive propositions for users or customers. 

Technical Risk Management: Develop design and delivery envelope(s) with an appropriate balance of technical risk between safety, performance, reliability and lifetime. A central tenant of the role is to be the guardian of the technical basis ensuring the integrity is not compromised from inception into delivery. 

Processes & Standards: Ensure the engineering is of the appropriate professional standard. Implement effective application of UKAEA engineering processes and standards whilst identifying, on an ongoing basis, opportunities for improvement 

Reviews, Inquiries & Lessons Learned: Initiate, lead and deliver technical incident reviews and inquiries for unexpected engineering quality failures with high technical, programmatic or safety impact. Utilise such reviews to highlight and share lessons learned throughout the business. 

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. 


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

-Transformation of engineering practices and behaviours in a large organisation 

-Delivery across the plant lifecycle for complex plant in industrial and/or research settings 

-Application of industrial regulations, codes, standards and norms with a focus on nuclear and/or process plant 

-Track-record working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams with various specialisms (e.g. Operations; Safety Case; Asset Management & Maintenance; Quality Assurance; Safety & Environment) 

- Technical Risk Assessment & Management for complex, interacting requirements (Reliability, Safety, Performance, Lifetime, etc) 

- Delivery and exploitation of creative engineering solutions to enable research progress and/or technology development 

Your education should include an advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in a technical topic such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, etc

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

Your professional training might include IOSH Managing Safely, quality improvement techniques (e.g. Kaizen, Lean, Six Sigma) or Audit.

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.

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.


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