Senior Remote Handling Operations Engineer

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

We have a great opportunity for an experienced Senior Operations Engineer to join  our Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) department. As a Senior Remote Handling Operations Engineer, you will be involved in a wide range of projects as well as verifying and developing remote handling solutions with a particular focus on the final end-user and operator perspective.

You will be required to perform detailed analysis and reporting on concept designs using virtual reality or CAD studies to confirm suitability and will recommend improvements to optimise the design.

This role will allow you to take responsibility for leading and motivating a team and training exercises within a mock-up environment, communicate technical issues to project teams, provide RH equipment operations subject matter expertise on complex and conceptual systems as well as priorities safety to prevent damage to people, equipment and the JET vessel.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Providing expertise and feasibility assessments of potential remote handling tasks to other UKAEA departments
  • Reviewing and recommending design improvements and enhancements to equipment and tooling to maximise equipment performance
  • Generating and implementing major new tasks and equipment, including formal task sequence development through the project life cycle
  • Training and mentoring less-experienced Operations Engineers and technicians
  • Recruiting, managing and developing less experienced Operations Engineers
  • Training and guiding personnel within other departments to improve RACE overall skills levels
  • Assisting in production of bids with responsibilities for time estimates and work content / specification analysis

 Please note that you may be required to work in Beryllium and Radiation controlled areas. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided by United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.  The JET shutdown operations are staffed in shifts and the appointee must be prepared to work shifts or be on call as required. However, this is only during shutdown preparation and operation. (Not full time shift work. On average about 25% of the year). Typical shift pattern when in remote operations are 06:00–15:30 for 2 weeks, one week on base hours (37.5 hours) and 15:15-01:15 for 2 weeks. 


£49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
RACE Operations
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous 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. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, 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 26/09/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such 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 . 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 are unable to 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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