Control & Instrumentation Engineer (Based in France)


Job summary

Atomic Weapons Establishment: AWE
£50,000 - £59,999
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

Are you an Engineer who's always wanted to learn a foreign language?

AWE is offering a life-changing opportunity for a Control & Instrumentation (C&I) Facility Maintenance Engineer, to join our team at the EPURE facility near Dijon, France.

Don't worry if you can't speak French - we'll provide you with all the training you need to get to conversational level!

This role is to support a joint UK/French Radiographic and Hydrodynamics facility located 45 minutes from Dijon in France.

Package: £37,860 - £52,000 Plus allowances & amazing benefits

More about EPURE

EPURE is a ground-breaking facility - the first of its kind worldwide. This is your chance to collaborate with our esteemed French and UK colleagues and be part of something extraordinary! You would be based in France to deliver professional engineering services for the upkeep of all assets and equipment AWE needs to deliver the Programme. This is one of the positions permanently based on the project in France for up to 5 years supporting the engineering team.

What's the benefit of working for AWE in France?

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (inclusive of Bank Holidays) as there is a 5 Day working week it is possible you may get an extra week if there is a site shut down in the summer

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training

  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services

  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending savings

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family

  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

  • Relocation package available to support deployment to France

What will you be doing?

  • Apply technical knowledge for engineered systems and structures

  • Identify and escalate business risk where applicable to plant and engineered systems

  • Make evidence-based engineering decisions to solve technical problems

  • Bring C&I engineering skills to the team, which could potentially include one or more of the following Electrical distribution, functional safety, PLCs, machinery safety, intrinsic safety, BMS and specialist instrumentation

  • Providing hands on support for UK Trials at EPURE

  • Contribute towards the development of Safe Systems of Work and Work instructions

  • Acquire and maintain the necessary competencies to perform this role

  • Develop awareness of team, function and company processes and technical capabilities

  • Participate in collaborative working relationships as part of a team (internal/external)

We'd love to hear from individuals with the following:

  • An HNC/HND with additional experience

  • Proven ability to deliver engineering across similar manufacturing/research environment incorporating infrastructure facilities, plant, and equipment

  • Experience of delivering facilities engineering and maintenance services across the life of an asset

Candidates must be willing and able to:

  • Willing to relocate to France and live within 1 hour of the Valduc site and be permanently located in France for up to 5 years

  • The ability to communicate in the French Language is essential for this role. Whilst training will be provided, if required, it should be recognised that significant personal commitment and self-study will be required to reach the required level. The candidate will need to reach DELF A2 ahead of deployment to work in the high hazard area

  • Operate in workplaces of substantial hazard (radiological, explosive, toxic)

  • Be comfortable with working in the defence industry in support of the UK nuclear deterrent

  • Undertake secondary roles for the UK Senior Technical operator in support of UK operations

  • Fit to wear a respirator and work in a radiation-controlled area

Please note: When first appointed in the role you will be based in the UK initially for a period of 6-9 months before being deployed to France. Once deployed to France you will follow the site standard 5 day working week, at the end of the assignment you will be re-deployed back to AWE in the UK.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

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