Senior Mechanical Engineer


Job summary

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

About the job

Location: Aldermaston, West Berkshire. We are located between Reading and Basingstoke, with onsite parking. On-site role.

Package: £44,990 - £58,050 (depending on your suitability, qualifications, and level of experience)

Closing Date: 18th July 2024

AWE's Nuclear Threat Reduction team currently have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Mechanical Engineer responsible for the design, manufacture, assembly and validation on a broad range of engineering projects.

Applicants must be able to apply engineering methods, tools and processes to complex engineering tasks; provide guidance and mentoring to inexperienced engineers; deliver engineering solutions that will maximise productivity, reliability, innovation and quality to the business.

Ideally you will have demonstrable experience of working on multi-disciplined projects and be familiar with most of the following areas:

  • Stakeholder engagement skills, and clear understanding of technical requirements

  • Mechanical design and substantiation of hardware

  • Development of assembly methods and safe systems of work

  • Awareness of systems engineering principles, techniques and management processes

  • Oversight of hardware manufacture/ assembly

  • Role model behaviours with regards to safety and security.

  • Product Lifecycle Management including configuration management and quality control.

  • 3D modelling and draughting (ideally in Siemens NX)

  • Working in a dynamic, fast paced work environment

To support technical delivery successful candidates will also be able to quickly grasp and articulate challenges and solutions. Proficiency in the following is therefore necessary:

  • Technical and management skills including problem solving and decision making

  • Oral, written and presentation skills

  • Interpersonal and communication skills to ensure effective communication across levels and disciplines (both internally and externally)

  • Ability to provide independent peer review.

  • Developing an understanding of the financial and programmatic implications of decisions taken.


  • Engineering/Quality analysis techniques (including FMEA)

  • Understanding of Finite element analysis (FEA)

  • Understanding of Geometrical Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Member of a professional institution or working towards.

Roles are available at various levels however candidates would ideally have a degree in an Engineering discipline (with or working towards professional registration), HNC/ HND or proven working experience in a similar environment.

What will you get from us?

AWE has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • 9-day working fortnight - every other Friday off work.

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 208 hours of annual leave (plus bank holidays).

  • A market leading contributory pension scheme (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution).

  • Life Assurance.

  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Important things you need to know:

  • You must be a British citizen who has been resident in the UK for the past 10 years.

  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.

  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.


* Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment

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