Engineering Department Manager

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority,
20 Apr 2019
01 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Engineering Department Manager

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Job Title:
Engineering Department Manager

Job type:
Permanent Full Time

Culham, Oxfordshire

£70,000 - £75,000 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date:
20th May 2019

Are you a passionate and experienced people and operations manager able to strike a balance between delivering operational excellence and setting strategy?

Are you a chartered engineer with experience of managing the design, construction and operation of experimental plant, looking for an exciting and challenging new venture?

If so, we have an excellent opportunity for a department manager to lead and develop our Engineering Department within the UK Atomic Energy Authority. This is an exciting time, responsible for setting the strategic direction and the delivery of both the overall engineering operational activities and specialist engineering design and development service for current and future UKAEA programmes.

You will need to manage the balance of commercial work against the publicly funded research programmes, whilst also managing the expected substantial growth of the department including; increased headcount and operation of facilities, management of staff resources, staff development and staff performance. You will be responsible for leading and identifying efficient and effective approaches to safety within the department whilst adhering to UKAEA safety standards. The typical candidate will work with internal and external stakeholders to identify and initiate engineering opportunities for the department that comply with divisional priorities and organisational mission. Additionally, you will articulate the engineering roadmap and manage the authority`s progress towards realisation of an integrated nuclear design centre.

To be successful in the role, you will hold excellent influencing and negotiation skills, a relevant mechanical engineering/scientific background and an ability to manage all aspects of large and complex projects or programmes. You will have excellent people management skills and a passion for diversity and inclusion.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience

- Chartered Engineer with a degree in mechanical engineering or physics and experience of managing the design, construction, commissioning and operation of experimental plant.

- Extensive experience of analysing components used to build tokamaks and systems is required. This requires an understanding of a wide range of physics and engineering issues (electrical as well as mechanical).

- Familiarity with modern standards in the areas of Safety, Health and Environment, and Quality Assurance.

- Fellowship of IMechE or similar level of attainment within the engineering profession would be an advantage.

Special requirements:
Selection Method(s):

- As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.


- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

- Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

- The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

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