Engineering Authority (High Voltage and Power Distribution)

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Culham, Abingdon
£60,317 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
16 Mar 2021
13 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Engineering Authority (High Voltage and Power Distribution)


Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK


Department: Office of Chief Engineers

Salary: £60,317 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

Confirmed Grade: Level 6

Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire


Company Description


By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.


Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.


Job Description


Who are we looking for?


This is a stimulating and challenging role for anyone with High Voltage distribution or High Power electronics experience and with a clear drive for personal growth, organisational learning and continuous improvement. You will also have a collaborative and enabling approach to work as well as the ability to understand complex technical matters from first principles with clear

communication at all levels of an organisation.

The UKAEA facility portfolio includes High Voltage and High Energy systems, both AC and DC with unique requirements relating to Pulse, Surge and Fault condition handling. This role will provide you with the exposure to work on a combination of new and legacy equipment, energy storage and conversion, dynamic switching and protection resilience. Working within the Office of Chief Engineers, you will demonstrate a commitment to engineering safety and innovation and will gain technical exposure across the full UKAEA portfolio and lifecycle including legacy, operational and forward-looking programmes.


What will you be responsible for?


- Providing technical governance, oversight and design approval of Power Infrastructure, Distribution & Generation across the wide and highly varied UKAEA portfolio

- Providing subject matter support to the Engineering Authority (Pulse Power), ensuring the supply and distribution infrastructure is fit for purpose to support UKAEA's Fusion Machines (JET and MAST)

- Design Basis: Providing specialist knowledge of and/or translation between several engineering disciplines to allow acceptance or rejection of plant proposals, modification, exceptional operations, and non-conformances

- Technical Risk Management: Ensuring that the operational envelope of the facility electrical infrastructure is defined with a balance of technical risk between performance, reliability, and lifetime

- Processes & Standards: Applying UKAEA Quality Management System and ways of working. Striving to enshrine accrued knowledge, best industry practice and lessons learned in improved training, processes, and ways of working across UKAEA

- Reviews, Inquiries & Lessons Learned: Leading or taking part in technical incident reviews and inquiries for unexpected plant issues with high technical, programmatic or safety impact.  Utilising such reviews to highlight and share lessons learned throughout the business

Whilst work will be focused at Culham, occasional visits to new facilities at Rotherham and elsewhere may be required, as well as occasional work in controlled HV Areas.




Essential skills, experience and competences required


- Chartered or Incorporated Electrical Eng. with membership of a professional Institution/Institute appropriate to electrical engineering

- Demonstrable experience of delivering high standards with respect to quality, integrity and compliance

- Experience of novel or 'first of a kind' systems, with the ability to work from engineering first principles

- Personal integrity and commitment to engineering safety, innovation and value

- A collaborative, supportive, and enabling mindset, working in such a way as to get the best out of those around you regardless of seniority

- Proven track record in the full lifecycle delivery of HV distribution systems

- Experience in power electronic and / or HR power system analysis and design

Desirable skills, experience and competence

- A degree-level qualification or equivalent experience in Electrical, Electronic, Power or Electromagnetic systems

- Post graduate qualification in Energy Storage, power electronics, electromagnetics or system reliability

- Design of High Voltage power systems or power electronics

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

- Experience operating within a highly regulated environments (Oil & Gas, Chemical, DNO or Power Generation)

- Experience with novel loads, e.g. high power electromagnetics, high power RF generators or pulsed power

- Detailed knowledge of electrical safety, preferably as a senior post-holder responsible for the safety of electrical designs and / or installations, ideally at HV

- Relevant industrial regulations, codes, standards and norms together with tailoring their application within a diverse business


Additional Information


What we offer


- A competitive salary

- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors

- 30.5 days’ annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme

- Flexible working options including family friendly policies

- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)

- Annual corporate bonus scheme

- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives

- Relocation allowance (if eligible)

- Emergency leave (paid)

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 dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, with the support of our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10 minute walk from Culham Railway Station.

Please be advised that this vacancy will close on the 13th April 2021 and may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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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