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Functional Safety Group Leader

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
£60,000 to £69,999 per annum
Closing date
20 Apr 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.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking an experienced lead engineer with substantial experience of designing and managing safety critical systems for machinery within our Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) department.

RACE is based at Culham, within UKAEA, specialising in remote handling and automated systems. This newly created opportunity will require you to provide leadership to support improvements for functional safety processes within RACE and aid as a subject expert in the standardisation of global organisational functional safety processes.

If you have previous experience as a safety engineer or any experience with nuclear safety, we are particularly keen to hear from you! You must be chartered or working towards chartership and you will be responsible for the management and development of staff in the Electrical Systems Unit. A business-minded and delivery focused approach is required, as is the ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels of an organisation.

What will you be responsible for?

- Leading and supporting engineering design for robotic safety to meet and exceed multinational legislative requirements
- Engaging with designers, clients and regulators to enable challenging, especially nuclear, environments to meet safety case requirements
- Being technically responsible for the full engineering lifecycle design, build, test, integration and commissioning of refurbishment and greenfield site projects
- Technical leadership of a team of functional safety engineers to deliver projects on time and on budget
- Establishing quality management plans to support the manufacturing, testing, and commissioning requirements to ensure a safe and functional system
- Providing expert technical knowledge of functional safety principles to support the RACE portfolio in delivering Remote Handling System solutions

Please note: You may be required to be part of the on-call systems for JET Remote Handling Operations and may be required to undertaken business travel within the UK and abroad.


Essential skills, experience and competences required:

- Excellent understanding of Standards associated with Functional safety (IEC EN 61508 and ISO 13489)
- Previous experience of delivering functional safety life cycle documentation and independent technical evaluation of safety systems
- Chartered Engineer or progressing towards chartership
- Technology degree or equivalent experience
- Substantial experience of designing and managing Safety Critical Systems for machinery

Desirable skills, experience and competences:

- Experience of designing and managing Safety Critical Systems for Industrial, Rail or Nuclear industries
- Experience using ISO 10218 Robots and robotic devices
- TÜV functional safety certified - Functional Safety Professional (FSP)

Additional Information

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 20th April 2021. 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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