Laboratory Managers


Job summary

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

About the job

The Warhead Engineering function at AWE is looking for a number of highly motivated Laboratory Managers with a background in Engineering or Applied Science.

This role will provide technical support, underpinning engineering laboratory activities through the set-up, operation and maintenance of required technical capabilities. Applying knowledge and skills to oversee day-to-day laboratory management for a number of complex laboratories, supporting facility management, deconfliction activities, health, safety and quality compliance, and resolving technical issues as they arise to ensure ongoing laboratory availability.

Location: Reading

Package: £29,640-£53,000 per annum

Closing Date: 26th June 2024

The Role?

Key accountabilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and support the increase in capability within assigned labs in line with the needs of the users - for example via the upgrade or addition of new equipment.
  • Apply technical knowledge and skills to improve operational performance of laboratory equipment, working autonomously to resolve issues with technical equipment and seeking guidance where necessary
  • Shared accountability with functional and facility management for designation of approved laboratory users
  • Report and assist in the management of any abnormal occurrences and emergency conditions, working with FLOs, First Aiders and Supervisors as necessary and ensuring that the laboratory is returned to a safe condition before any work re-commences

If you think you have what it takes to enable applied scientists and engineers to engineer the extraordinary and directly shape the future of our nuclear deterrent, apply now for a role to help with:

  • Supporting specialist laboratory activities
  • Oversight of laboratory user training, competencies and approvals for safe operations
  • Capital investment relating laboratory equipment
  • Proactively ensuring laboratory capabilities are maintained as appropriate and available for use as scheduled - including procurement, maintenance, calibration and process walkdowns

To be considered for these roles, you must have:

  • Experience working in a laboratory environment, possessing strong communication skills.
  • A proven track record of driving delivery, performance and continuous improvement and demonstrable working appreciation of financial and business requirements.
  • Ability to provide technical input within own field of expertise and solve technical problems
  • A working level of proficiency in at least one engineering discipline

What will you get from us?

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 (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

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


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