Engineering Department Manager (MAST-U Operations)

UK Atomic Energy Authority
£70000 - £75000 per annum
30 Oct 2020
27 Nov 2020
Business Management
Contract Type
Full Time

Engineering Department Manager (MAST-U Operations)

Job Ref: 5038
Job Title: Engineering Department Manager (MAST-U Operations)
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £70,000 - £75,000 per annum + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 30th November 2020

Are you an experienced operational engineering manager with the ability to think strategically? Do you have a keen interest in the future of the world’s energy supplies? Do you have a passion for providing inspired and inclusive leadership at the cutting edge of science and technology?

If so, we have an excellent opportunity for an operational engineering manager to lead the MAST-U Operations department within the UK Atomic Energy Authority. MAST-U (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak - Upgraded) is one of two fusion devices operated by UKAEA. MAST-U has been specifically constructed to study exhaust physics in different divertor configurations and, as such, is a world leader. The physics from MAST-U will influence the design of future energy producing tokamaks such as DEMO and STEP.

The MAST-U Operations Department Manager will lead and manage the team that delivers reliable operations and oversees the strategic direction for the facility, to meet UKAEA`s current and future programmes.

With a high profile and direct interaction with other Senior Managers, the Directorate, Customers and Stakeholders, the jobholder needs a broad understanding of the organisation, its strategy and priorities and the wider interactions with the fusion and high technology communities including funding bodies.

Key accountabilities include:

- Providing robust and enthused leadership for the management of the MAST-U Operations Department, including permanent staff and contractors
- Management of the day to day operation of MAST Upgrade to produce world-leading scientific results and meet the operational milestones
- Delivering department assigned commitments to quality, schedule, and cost
- Providing effective communications to all persons directly and indirectly involved with MAST-U Operations within and from outside the department
- Be the champion for Quality, Safety, Health and Environment (QSHE) and Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) for the department and for the wider organisation

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particular from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our Inclusion 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 people.

Knowledge, skills and experience


- A relevant university qualification in physical sciences or engineering
- Proven ability to effectively lead and manage large projects or programmes (£Tens of Millions level) involving complex engineering in a field of scientific research or technological development
- The ability to influence and engage with multiple stakeholders, including negotiating budgets and contract scope in the face of competing needs and potentially, stakeholder positions
- Motivated to complete, and experience in, the administrative, financial and legal matters that attend a programme of this size and complexity
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Excellent people management skills and a passion for diversity and inclusion


- Specific experience in fusion research or in another research field involving facilities at the industrial scale
- Specific experience of commissioning or operating a large facility

Special requirements:

- 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
- We actively promote equality and value 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 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

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