Mechanical Engineering Design Section Leader

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

Mechanical Engineering Design Section Leader



Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK


Department: Central Engineering

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.


Job Description

Who are we looking for?


The Engineering Design Group have a great opportunity for a Mechanical Engineering Design Section Leader with good interpersonal, communication and technical writing skills to join the team.


This is a unique opportunity to manage a team working across a multi-faceted organisation where no two jobs are the same. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to undertake design activities in one of the many UKAEA facilities, each with their unique engineering challenges.


Please note, as part of your role you could be asked to work in radiation-controlled areas or in beryllium-controlled areas. Full training and medical assessments will be provided if this is necessary.


What will you be responsible for?


You will provide a sound understanding of Engineering Design, the processes required to develop new components and systems and the application of Computer Aided Design tools. In addition, you will be responsible for defining, managing and delivering projects on enhancement programs, future fusion devices and applications of related technology.


Key duties include:


- Managing the development of the employees in the Engineering Design Section, coordinating the Section’s efforts in line with the Central Engineering Department’s objectives and UKAEA's organisational mission & strategies.

- Serving as a point of authority and advice on technical solutions for designs and shall be experienced in performing engineering calculations to support design decisions.

- Proactively working with Engineering Design Section staff located remotely to ensure their work meets the requirements of the project and also the technical quality standards of UKAEA.

- Agree work objectives and guide development planning of staff in the Section and take an active role in the recruitment of new staff.



Essential skills, experience and competence required


- A relevant engineering degree or equivalent.

- Proven ability to deliver complex engineering design from Concept to Commissioning.

- Good working knowledge of design standards including GD&T and BS 8888:2020.

- Use of Mechanical CAD tools for 2D and 3D specification.

- Demonstrable experience supervising other staff.

- Ability to work with staff from multiple departments including but not limited to design, manufacture, procurement, finance, project management etc.


Desirable skills, experience and competence


- Chartered Engineer status with a suitable professional institution.

- Good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials

- Good understanding of configuration control.

- Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles.

- Experience with fusion-relevant environmental factors such as vacuum, radiation and hazardous environments.


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 16th 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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