Lead Engineer

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

We are about to undertake a once in a generation project to decommission JET – the Joint European Torus Fusion Reactor. This is an ambitious programme to undertake first-of-a-kind decommissioning studies of a tritiated fusion reactor, to identify components suitable for re-purposing into the wider scientific community within and outside UKAEA.”

This team is new, and we therefore have openings for multiple Lead Engineer positions specializing in various areas; Decommissioning of redundant nuclear plant, Repurposing and recycling of assets, and a new build of two waste processing facilities and site infrastructure to support the Decommissioning Programme. The role sits within the Central Engineering Department, but is focussed on supporting the Decommissioning Programme.  

What will you be responsible for?

As a Lead Engineer you will be a technical point of contact and knowledge across a broad range of technologies and disciplines, maintaining technical overview across projects so that strong interfaces are made between work packages and the wider organisation.

You’ll work alongside a project manager, ensuring that the quality and content of projects is appropriate, whilst respecting budgets and timescales. You will provide technical direction for projects or work packages and communicate their needs, risks and successes both internally and to external stakeholders.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Confirming and delivering assigned project scope and executing Decommissioning and Repurposing Projects to a high standard. 
  • Challenging the design team to think creatively, testing conventional approaches against key success criteria to ensure the best options are selected efficiently with sound reasoning. 
  • Producing and maintaining a suite of technical project documentation (Project Technical Implementation Plan, Stakeholder Requirements, Assumptions, Risk Register etc). 
  • Being the point of engineering knowledge to build technical specifications ready to tender to the supply chain – technically appraise and act as the technical expertise from an intelligent client perspective upon award of contract – through to project completion.
  • The application of analysis using classic and numerical methods to support design studies.
  • Use engineering experience to foresee opportunities for business development and contribute to related proposals and bids which may include submitting budgets and business cases.
  • Effectively communicate technical progress via weekly informal reports and formal monthly accountabilities. 

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.

£49,396 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
JET Decommissioning
Central Engineering
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

Our benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working optionsEmergency paid leave, Annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a 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 and women. UAKEA 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.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 14/10/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application for their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will confirm the details of all current criminal convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we cannot process your application.

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What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

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Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing 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 that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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