Mechanical Design Engineer & Section Leader

Overview of Responsibilities

As an employee of UKAEA you will benefit from:

  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, details of which can be found at the end of this advert.
  • Corporate bonus scheme up to 7and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies.
  • Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, 
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting with 25 days, plus 3 days Christmas closure and 2.5 privilege days, in addition to UK bank holidays
  • Wide range of career development opportunities
  • A vibrant culture committed to equality and being fully inclusive

The salary for this role is £52,293 (inclusive of a Market Premium Payment (MPP)

UKAEA’s pay arrangements and grading structure are currently under review as part of a transformation project and proposed multi-year pay deal. UKAEA aims to introduce a new grading structure in 2024. This will enable us to lead the delivery of sustainable fusion energy and maximise the scientific and economic benefit. Now is a great time to join the Organisation and be part of the journey.

This role requires employees to complete an online Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), including The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks for criminal convictions.

 

The Role

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference? Join our team and contribute to the future of fusion energy.

As the Mechanical Design Engineer & Section Leader, you will play a pivotal role in leading a Mechanical Engineering Design Section within the Design Office Group. You will be involved in a variety of UKAEA engineering programmes, each with unique design challenges, providing scope to grow and develop both your technical and line management experience.

You will need to be an experienced Design Engineer, with a sound understanding of CAD tools and their application in the development of complex engineered products. You will advise on technical solutions for designs and perform engineering calculations to support design decisions.

You will have Line Management responsibilities so will need to display excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively matrix manage and develop a team of designers from early careers to highly experienced professionals.

 

Additional Responsibilities:

Within your section you will need to manage approx 10 people working within a matrix management structure as a centralised support function to the business. You will be one of three Section Leaders in this Group.

You will mentor and develop a team of Designers and Design Engineers and identify development opportunities, set objectives, career planning and professional development in line with personal aspirations and organisational requirements.

You will need to be able to propose, define, manage and deliver major projects for fusion devices and related technology.

You will also:

  • Lead design projects on major fusion systems and related technologies, from concept to commissioning. 
  • Ensure the delivery of projects within the agreed scope, time and budget. Manage and deploy resources effectively, forecast and communicate the requirements to resource managers.
  • Lead design reviews for the engineering solution, engaging all relevant disciplines including, design authority, manufacturing, installation, operations etc. 
  • Lead on recruitment of Designers and Design Engineers, both UKAEA employees and Agency Supplied Workers.
  • You will be adept at actively seeking, and able to implement opportunities for improvement.

Please note:

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.

On occasion you may be appointed as design authority through delegation from the Office of the Chief Engineer Department.

Salary
£52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Programme
MULTIPLE
Department
Discipline
Type of Employment
Full-time
Reference Number
REF2567G

Additional Information

A full list of our benefits can be found here https://careers.ukaea.uk/life-at-ukaea/employee-benefits/

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, and women. Our Executive team, supported by our 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, actively promotes EDI and takes steps to increase diversity within our organization. We reinforce best practices in recruitment and selection and evaluate approaches to remove barriers to success.

Please note that vacancies are generally advertised for 4 weeks but may close earlier if we receive a large number of applications.

Benefits 

As an employee of UKAEA you will benefit from:

  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, details of which can be found at the end of this advert.
  • Corporate bonus scheme up to 7and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies.
  • Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, 
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting with 25 days, plus 3 days Christmas closure and 2.5 privilege days, in addition to UK bank holidays
  • Wide range of career development opportunities
  • A vibrant culture committed to equality and being fully inclusive
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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

  • Other assessments

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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