STEP Lead Technology Integration & Realisation Engineer

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking an ambitious, creative and inspirational chief technologist to provide strategic leadership, driving technological progress through reduction of uncertainty and performance increases, making real impact to both the commercial viability and the success of the plant design. As the Technology, Integration and Realisation Lead, you will have great positivity and enthusiasm, and an ability to foster that spirit within the team.

This is a broad entrepreneurial role which ranges from deep technical review of STEPs most challenging problems, managing and empowering individuals and teams to resolve technical challenges, working with and managing suppliers, driving organisational change as the programme develops, to settings standards and expectations for delivery and driving delivery of the development programmes. You will need to be innovative and resourceful, collaborating across the development programme and with funding bodies. Each day presents technical and managerial challenges of high complexity, interacting with diverse technical and non-technical disciplines, numerous stakeholders, incomplete or immature information and no clear correct answers.  

You will directly impact the outputs, decisions and the level of risk accepted by the STEP programme board and UKAEA Executive for what is likely to be a multi-billion GBP, first of a kind commercial fusion power plant.  

What will you be responsible for?

  • Providing vision and creativity necessary to face up to this unique challenge which defies all traditional design conventions and inability to prototype a first of a kind.
  • Being the controlling mind of a complex portfolio of technology development activities.
  • Working closely with supply chain, academia and research organisations to build key relationships in the pursuit of technological and capability development needed in the quest for commercial fusion.
  • Being the primary point of contact between STEP and UKAEA business units on technology development matters.
  • Significant matrix management responsibility both within STEP and within the wider UKAEA organisation.

Budget Responsibility

The leadership and decision making from this role heavily shapes the expenditure a of multi-billion GBP first of a kind demonstration fusion power plant budget. At this exceptional level, this will change and influence decisions that impact the entire organisation and possibly the wider industry of fusion engineering. 

£78,096 to £82,814 (inclusive of Scarcity Area MPP) + 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 06/10/2022 . 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.

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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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