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Senior Electrical / Controls Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DB
£49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
24 Mar 2021
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By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping 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.

Who are we looking for?

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Electrical / Controls Engineer to join the Building Services Engineering Group (BSEG) and take responsibility for the design, specification, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of assigned electrical and control systems. A great opportunity to lead and mentor up to 3 direct reports, and prepare engineering procedures, method statements and local rules in support of BSEG requirements.

The operational aspects of the role provide challenges; many of the systems for which the group are responsible are key to the operation of the JET Tokamak. You will be able to demonstrate experience of working within a high hazard industrial environment and have a minimum of an HNC level education in electrical or controls engineering. You will have good interpersonal and excellent communication and influencing skills at all levels.


What will you be responsible for?

- Maintaining and growing the capability of the Section by training and recruiting staff.

- Line management of up to 3 direct reports including planning, allocating and prioritising tasks, monitoring progress and ensuring programme requirements are satisfied.

- Ensuring all technical criteria is satisfied in compliance with current legislation and codes of practice and delivered safely and effectively.

- Taking responsibility for the design, specification, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of assigned electrical and control systems.

- Leading the technical and commercial management of contracts including the review and approval of supplier documentation, and ensuring costs are controlled within group budgetary constraints.

- Act as Plant Manager and Equipment Owner, in accordance with UKAEA Terms of Reference, for assigned plant, systems and sub-systems.

- Ensuring the training and supervision of staff and contractors to assist with the above activities.

- Occasional on-call and out of hours work (overtime payable).


Essential skills, experience and competence required

- High degree of knowledge of electrical safety rules and procedures.

- Experience of working within a high hazard industrial environment.

- Minimum of HNC level education in electrical or controls engineering.

- Previous experience of working to high standards and good interpersonal skills.

- High levels of intrinsic motivation with line management experience.

- Excellent problem-solving skills.

- Exceptional communication and influencing skills, both oral and written, and ability to interact with various stakeholders.


Desirable skills, experience and competence

- Experience with protection, control and interlock systems.

- Experience as an Authorised Person (Electrical).

- Experience of TREND or similar BMS.

- Electrical inspection and testing.


What we offer

- A competitive salary  

- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 

- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 

- Flexible working options including family-friendly policies  

- Emergency leave (paid) 

- 30.5 days’ annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 

- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  

- Annual corporate bonus scheme  

- 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, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our 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. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 24th of March. 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 (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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