People Partner/ Specialist

Overview of Responsibilities

This role can be based at the following site; Culham, Oxfordshire.

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 People Specialist, you will work closely with the Strategic People Business Partner (SPBP) to develop and deliver the People Plan for the Directorate, supporting the continued growth of the Division driving the people agenda, and supporting matrixed employees into a large UKAEA programmes.

You’ll be responsible for building and delivering people projects that will support the success of the Directorates’ business plans. This will include a broad range of people related projects such as; change management, organisational design, EDI initiatives, talent management, early careers and building leadership capability.

This role works with managers, ensuring they are competent and consistent in leading their teams, applying the performance management processes set out in the People policies and procedures. You will be responsible for collaborating with specialists in the People Department to build people management capability , talent management initiatives, succession planning, developing content to upskill managers and overseeing recruitment campaigns.

You will also have responsibility for the operational day-to-day people activities within the Directorate, supporting the Employee Relations Team with the employee relations caseload, leading people processes including performance management, capability building, onboarding and exit management, coordinating recruitment activities, and query handling on people processes and policies in conjunction with the various centres of excellence within the People & Culture function.


£46,293 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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Additional Information

A full list of our benefits can be found here

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.


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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