Section Leader for Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Engineering

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Culham, Abingdon
£49,396 to £52,293
07 May 2021
04 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Section Leader for Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Engineering


Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK


Department: H3AT

Salary: £49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

Confirmed Grade: Level 5

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 unique opportunity to work with process engineers, scientists and tritium experts to contribute to the development of fusion power, providing support for a series of novel scientific experiments using tritium, one of the worlds largest tritium handling plants as well as helping to build a new prototype tritium handling plant (H3AT).


Leading a team of 4, you will have a passion and enthusiasm for finding new opportunities to add value to the organisation by providing expertise to the project or developing team, and will have exceptional communication skills at all levels and disciplines.


You will will possess technical experience in development of either electrical or control systems and be able to lead an EC&I team. You will be working towards or will have attained chartered status and you must be degree qualified in a discipline that includes elements of electrical, software, electronic or systems engineering or have equivalent experience. If you have previous experience working in a high hazard industrial or scientific environment, this would be advantageous but not essential.


What will you be responsible for?


- Line and task management of up to 4 employees

- Provide leadership for electrical, control and instrumentation design including approval of relevant design documents and following UKAEAs technical control process

- Reviewing and approving electrical installations from a safety perspective

- Collaborating with industrial, academic and engineering partners for the purpose of designing equipment

- Preparing and approving appropriate working documentation including engineering procedures, risk assessments and method statements

- Being an active reviewer in design reviews and HAZOPs and provide technical input to a variety of projects

- We are recruiting for two section leader roles, one team will be biased towards expertise in electrical design while the other towards systems and control design

- Please note: shift work may be required in support of operations on an infrequent basis




Essential skills, experience and competence required


- Experience of using engineering technical control and/or work control practices

- Technical experience in either electrical systems, control systems or software development for control of systems

- Experience in technical and / or project leadership

- Degree (or equivalent experience) in an engineering or science discipline that includes elements of electrical, software, electronic or systems engineering

- Working towards or attained chartered status (or equivalent)


Desirable skills, experience and competence


- Experience in project planning

- Line management experience

- Proven track record of designing bespoke equipment

- Working in a high hazard industrial or scientific environment

- Chartered or Incorporated Engineer

- Qualifications in electrical or control systems standards

- Qualifications in management of safety (e.g IOSH)


Additional Information


What we offer


- A competitive salary

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

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

- Flexible working options including family friendly policies

- Emergency leave (paid)

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

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

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme

- Annual corporate bonus scheme

- Relocation allowance (if eligible)


We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly 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’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.


Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 5th June 2021 . We may close earlier than this date 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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