Electronics, Control and Instrumentation Group Leader

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
£58,865 - £62,746 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date
11 Oct 2020
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Are you an Operations or Engineering Manager with experience of managing technical teams working in harsh industrial or scientific environments?

Do you possess a good understanding of the basic principles of electronics, control and instrumentation?

If so, we have a unique opportunity for an engineering manager to lead the Electronics, Control & Instrumentation Group in the delivery of operations and enhancements for the two Fusion Tokamaks at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), together with supporting all programmes in materials and technology research.

Nuclear fusion - the process that powers the Sun - can play a big part in providing abundant reserves of cleaner energy. UKAEA manages the UK`s national fusion programme where our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a major new source of safe, reliable, low carbon energy.

As the Electronics, Control & Instrumentation Group Leader, you will be responsible for managing the team who provide UKAEA with excellent design, procurement, installation and commissioning capabilities. The team have a broad range of skills including analogue and digital electronics, control & instrumentation systems, microprocessors, embedded software and power electronics.

Other areas of responsibility:

- Provide a supportive, collaborative and positive leadership for the group to ensure successful delivery of projects and tasks
- Manage medium to large projects with budgets of up to £10M
- Work in partnership with a range of departments and stakeholders to ensure the group complies with the UKAEA and statutory requirements
- The management and development of staff within the group

At UKAEA, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particular from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our Inclusion Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding, two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in people.

Knowledge, skills and experience

- Qualification to degree level in engineering (or a related subject) with extensive relevant experience. Non-degree holders with demonstratable relevant experience beyond the minimum expected will also be considered
- Experience of managing technical teams who have undertaken electronics, control and instrumentation engineering in design, installation and commissioning
- A good understanding of the basic principles of electronics, control and instrumentation
- Good interpersonal and communications skills to liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders

- Professional registration with relevant engineering institute.

Special requirements:
Selection Methods and Notes:
- As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

- Please note, UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

- We actively promote equality and value diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

- 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 (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Do you want to help shape the future of the world's energy? If so, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is the place to be and we can offer a range of career opportunities. These include scientific and engineering roles, as well as technical and administrative positions supporting our research programme.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements, as well as job vacancies for various positions when they occur, working in a friendly international environment. 


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