Product Engineering Design Group Leader

Overview of Responsibilities

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

As Product Engineering Design Group Leader you will play a pivotal role in leading, developing and managing the group in the provision of advanced engineering design and analysis capability to support programmes and projects across UKAEA, with a focus on mechanical and process engineering design.

The Product Engineering Design (PED) Group Leader will lead, develop and manage  a group of approx. 25 engineers (direct line management of 3 team leaders, with sub teams of ~8 engineers) in the provision of advanced engineering design and analysis capability to support programmes and projects across UKAEA.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Recruit and develop engineering staff to actively set the direction and lead the Group’s capabilities development, matching this with the growing diverse project portfolio; enabling knowledge capture and transfer to maximise the capabilities of the Unit. 
  • Serve as a point of authority in mechanical and/or process engineering design and advise on technical solutions, designs and/or critical plant operational issues.
  • Overcome cultural and procedural barriers to delivery, working across UKAEA departments to identify and execute continuous improvement in line with the evolving project portfolio.  
  • Provide technical and project leadership on projects for external and/or internal customers that are applicable to future fusion devices and applications of related technology. 

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.

£63,856 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
IED - Product Engineering Unit
Type of Employment

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.

For applicants applying from outside the United Kingdom or those who have spent time outside the UK in the last five years, please visit the following link for information on criminal records checks: If your country of residence or previous residence is not listed on the website or if the UK Government does not have information on obtaining a criminal records check from that state, we regret to inform you that 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

  • 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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