Site Operations Manager

Overview of Responsibilities

STEP is a UKAEA programme that will demonstrate the ability to generate net electricity from fusion. It will also determine how the plant will be maintained through its operational life and prove the potential for the plant to produce its own fuel.  It is a very exciting time for STEP as the West Burton power station site in North Nottinghamshire has been selected as the home of the STEP fusion energy programme, underpinning an industry expected to be worth billions to the UK economy. 

Who are we looking for?

Following the news that West Burton has been announced as the home of the STEP Fusion Energy Programme, we now have an exciting opportunity for a Site Operations Manager to join STEP and  play a key role in the development of this site as a centre for fusion energy.  

You will be part of the start-up team that will initiate the establishment of an organization and prepare the site for a major nationally significant infrastructure project. You will work autonomously without direct supervision taking direct responsibility for the initial site works, playing a key role in ensuring the success of the programme.

To be successful as the Site Operations Manager you must be able to plan and efficiently execute site works, have an excellent attitude towards safety, be flexible and willing to take a proactive attitude to resolving problems of varying types as and when they arrive, have experience of managing contractors and be able to communicate effectively to all levels of the organization.  

Your responsibilities will be:

You will initially be responsible for the planning and supervising the execution of 

  • Office facilities development, upgrades, and maintenance
  • Site characterization studies
  • Site preparation and clearance
  • Minor construction works

As the programme develops you will take on more responsibility for site operations as the site is developed and the programme enters construction and commissioning phases.

Additional information:

The role will be based at the site at West Burton with visits to Culham and Rotherham offices as required. There may be a requirement to work outside normal office hours to provide support to external stakeholder visits or outreach projects.

£43,396 to £46,293 excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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 14/12/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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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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